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Four recent extreme weather events – the 2010 heat wave in Russia, the flooding in Pakistan in the same year, the 2010–2011 drought in East Africa and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013 – were notable for their intensity, duration, and impacts on livelihoods and food security.
Whether it's the Philippines, which recently experienced the strongest storm recorded, or Japan, which was devastated by the tsunami and earthquake in 2011 - the tragedies affecting these countries serve as a call to risk-prone countries throughout Asia and the Pacific to build and vigilantly maintain resilience to catastrophes.
ECUADOR – Severe Weather
• Heavy rains and landslides reported in Coastal and Sierra regions; three people killed, 37 injured. Serious material damage to homes and public infrastructure reported. (ECHO)
In this issue:
UN-SPIDER at a glance
Sudan: UN-SPIDER Training Course on space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Management
Bangladesh: Capacity Building on Space Technologies for Floods
Dominican Republic: Training on Space-Based Information for Floods
UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER makes Statement during Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
Iraq: UN-SPIDER Network acquires Satellite Imagery for Floods
News from our Regional Support Offices
This report, The Year of Recurring Disasters: A Review of Natural Disasters in 2012, examines four topics: disasters in 2012, with a focus on recurring disasters (Chapter 1); the role of regional organizations in disaster risk management (Chapter 2); wildfires (Chapter 3); and the important role of women in disaster risk management (Chapter 4). Here are some of the highlights from this year’s review:
What you can find in the April 2012 issue:
UN-SPIDER at a glance
Introduction to ADPC Strategy 2020
As the most hazard prone region in the World, the Asia-Pacific Region cannot afford to ignore nor delay addressing the challenges that confront it in disaster risk reduction (DRR). More and more, holistic and innovative approaches to address disaster risk are becoming mandatory, given the close inter-relationships and inextricable links that exist between disaster risk and the other key challenges of poverty reduction, sustainable development, environmental sustainability, as well as the emerging realities of global climate change.
We came upon the idea for this volume as we read student term papers for a course at Sciences Po in Paris. The course, “Environment and Migration”, which is thought to be the first of its kind in the world, examines the complex relationship between environmental change and migration flows. Created by Sciences Po in 2010, the course serves as part of the Master’s Degree Program offered by the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA).
This report covers the period January to July 2011
Programme outcome: To further strengthen National Societies to deliver appropriate and timely disaster and crises preparedness, response and recovery assistance to vulnerable people.
This report covers the period 1 January 2011 to 30 June 2011.
The first half of 2011 saw major disaster events occurring in several countries including Australia,
Bangladesh, China, Japan, Myanmar, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu. Many societies across the zone continue to maintain a high level of programming in several new disaster response operations and continued comprehensive post-disaster recovery activities, while others have started reviewing their development activities in line with IFRC’s newly adopted Strategy 2020.
Date: 1 July 2011
Press Release No: G/27/2011
Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – Asia-Pacific countries ended three days of talks at a United Nations forum here today, agreeing to work more closely together on disaster risk reduction and make this central to national development strategies.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Governments in Asia and the Pacific need to prepare for a large increase in climate-induced migration in the coming years, says a forthcoming report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Typhoons, cyclones, floods and drought are forcing more and more people to migrate.
Heads of international agencies say poor, especially after recession, are vulnerable to abrupt rises in food costs
Geneva, 31 January 2011 - Volatile and rising prices for basic farm produce, petroleum and raw industrial materials are a cause for concern, especially for the poor of the world, and steps are needed to calm historically turbulent commodities markets, the heads of several international agencies said this morning.
UNCTAD=B4s second Global Commodities Forum (GCF) opened with addresses by the chiefs of four international …
JOHANNESBOURG, 26 janvier 2011 (IRIN) - En 2010, cinq des catastrophes les plus désastreuses, en termes de morts, de biens matériels et d'infrastructures, ont eu lieu en Asie. Investir dans la planification en prévision des catastrophes pourrait grandement contribuer à limiter le nombre de victimes, ont dit les experts.
« Les catastrophes en Asie sont principalement dues aux inondations et dans une moindre mesure, aux tempêtes.
JOHANNESBURG, 25 January 2011 (IRIN) - In 2010, five of the most devastating disasters, measured in loss of lives, goods and infrastructure, occurred in Asia. Investing in disaster planning could go a long way to keeping the number of casualties down, experts said.
"Disasters in Asia are largely due to floods and, in the second instance, storms.
24 janvier 2011 - En 2010, près de 373 catastrophes naturelles ont été recensées dans le monde, tuant plus de 296.800 personnes, affectant plus de 20 millions d'autres et coûtant près de 110 milliards de dollars aux Etats, indique un rapport du Centre de recherche sur l'épidémiologie des catastrophes (CRED) de l'Université catholique de Louvain, en Belgique, réalisé en partenariat avec l'organe de l'ONU chargé de la Stratégie internationale de prévention des catastrophes (ONUSIPC).
Les deux catastrophes les plus meurtrières ont été le séisme du 12 janvier en Haïti, …
Jan 12 (Reuters) - Last year, in which extreme weather caused devastating floods in Pakistan and China and a heatwave in Russia, tied as the warmest year since records began, a U.S. government agency said on Wednesday.
Read the full article on the Reuters - AlertNet.