GENEVA, Nov 17 (AFP) - El-Niño killed
21,700 people, caused damage of more than 33 billion dollars and set back
development in many countries, the World Meteorological Organization said
But while El-Niño ended in May after
a year's ferocious activity, La Niña is currently on the rampage.
She has already caused havoc in the form
of Hurricane Mitch which destroyed the economies of Honduras and Nicaragua
when it swept through central America earlier this month.
El-Niño is caused by a rise of surface
water temperatures in the southeast Pacific region, off the coast of South