By Brigitte Leoni
CANCUN, Mexico, 1 March 2017 – Mexico’s historical Maya civilisation created not only a written language and a binary mathematical system, but also a hurricane warning system that still works today.
It is housed in the clifftop Templo Dios del Viento, or Temple of the God of the Wind, in Tulum, a Maya site that had its heyday in the years 1200 to 1450.
The temple contains an intricate web of holes that cause an extremely loud whistling sound when early hurricane-force winds blow in from the Caribbean Sea towards Tulum.
Release date: October 22, 2015 Release Number: RIV-15-008 ATLANTA -- Ten years ago October 24, Hurricane Wilma slammed ashore near Naples, Fla., as a Category 3 storm with a 50-mile-wide eye. Wilma was the most intense hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin, with wind speeds reaching 175 mph over the Gulf of Mexico.
Cancun, Mexico - Forty participants at international climate talks last week in Cancun, Mexico, traveled to the site of a project supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) that has helped as many as 900,000 people prepare to face the impact of disasters.
Representatives from governments, non-governmental organizations, academic institutes and the media taking part in the 16th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change toured the Yum Balam protected area, north of Cancun, where community-level projects have helped prepare the predominantly …
In a new decade, humanitarian actors are facing immense challenges. The number of people affected by climate disasters will continue to rise, having a huge impact on migration and livelihoods of millions of people, as was reported in our latest issue of Coping with Crisis.
Furthermore, as of 2008, 16 major armed conflicts were active in 15 locations around the world, an increase from the year earlier.
The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 183 countries.
Final Report; Period covered: 26 October 2005 to 31 December, 2006; Final appeal coverage: 79%.
Early warning systems are the most efficient way to save lives in disasters such as Hurricane Dean now rampaging across Mexico and need to be further enhanced at local levels, the United Nations body seeking to mitigate their impact said today.
"Early warning systems allow populations to evacuate ahead of time and take shelter in emergency and safer buildings," UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Director Salvano Briceño stressed in a statement.
"They give Governments enough time to protect critical infrastructures such as power plants and water …
Les systèmes d'alerte précoce sont le meilleur moyen de sauver des vies et doivent être mis en oeuvre au niveau local, rappelle aujourd'hui l'agence des Nations Unies chargée de la prévention des catastrophes naturelles, alors que l'ouragan Dean est arrivé au Yucatan, au Mexique.
« Les systèmes d'alerte précoce permettent aux populations d'évacuer à l'avance et de se mettre à l'abri.
1 - Rationale, needs and target population :
1.1. - Rationale :
The Caribbean region experiences multiple natural disasters. Tropical storms often take the form of a hurricane1, and the hurricane season lasts for six months. There are also floods, flash floods, tsunamis, landslides and mudslides. Some islands suffer from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The physical risk is combined with socioeconomic factors, such as high population density, fast demographic growth and great poverty.
Location of operation: DIPECHO
Amount of Decision: EUR 6,000,000
The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org
Appeal No. MAA49001; Programme Update no.
Sixty-first General Assembly
52nd & 53rd Meetings (AM & PM)
Assembly Also Considers Strategies to Forestall Disasters, Boost Response; Assistance to Palestinian People; Three Texts on Regional Cooperation Adopted
Cruz Roja Mexicana a través del Área Nacional de Socorros distribuyó los días 14 y 15 de octubre en el estado de Quintana Roo 3,650 botiquines básicos, los cuales serán distribuidos entre las comunidades afectadas por el huracán Wilma que azotó ese estado el año pasado.
Estos botiquines fueron donados por la Federación Internacional de Sociedades de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja como parte del programa de ayuda humanitaria y fortalecimiento de capacidades ante los desastres que esta siendo dirigido a las …
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
In 2005, the United States experienced an unprecedented emergency, which resulted from its worst hurricane season ever. The three hurricanes impacted an area larger than North and South Carolina combined.Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma damaged communities, trapped 40,000 people and wrenched millions from their homes.
By some measures, the 2005 hurricanes created basic human needs that were 10 to 20 times greater than any domestic disaster in the past 125 years.
The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.
Appeal target: CHF 2,439,411 (USD 1,923,019 or EUR 1,581,564);
Appeal coverage: 74.4%.
This Annual Report reflects activities implemented over a one-year period; they form part of, and are based on, longer-term, multi-year planning (refer below to access the detailed logframe documents).
Resumen e implicaciones
El inicio del ciclo agrícola es una de las actividades más importantes en el país en materia de seguridad alimentaria en este momento, puesto que la actividad agrícola asegura el 21 por ciento del Producto Interno Bruto (PIB) de Nicaragua, asegura el empleo al 38 por ciento de la población económicamente activa (PEA) que equivale a 2 millones de personas según el más reciente censo del Instituto Nicaragüense de Estadísticas y Censos, y asegura más del 40 por ciento de las exportaciones nacionales.