This report has been developed collectively with humanitarian partners in the region to inform preparedness and advocacy efforts to mitigate and manage humanitarian risk in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region*. It presents a three-month trend analysis from October to December 2016 and a humanitarian outlook from January to March 2017. It is the sixth report in the series and updates the previous scenario report which was published in October 2016.
Regional Trends: October-December 2016
By Jonathan Fowler
PARIS, 24 February 2017 – Deploying the power of technology worldwide and ensuring that communities know how to act in an emergency are the keys to curbing the risks posed by tsunamis, experts said this week.
Senior officials from the world’s regional tsunami alert centres have spent the past four days taking stock of progress in the development and implementation of warning and mitigation systems.
The Government of Japan has been providing funds to non-profit organizations such as NGOs, Schools, Medical Institutions and local governments through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) since 1989. This assistance was initiated in Seychelles in 2015.
QUEZON CITY, Feb. 24 - National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) members convene to discuss plans and preparations for a magnitude 7.2 earthquake on Thursdays at the NDRRMC Conference Room, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
The “Pacific Islands Meteorological Services in Action” Compendium which was compiled by SPREP-FINPAC Project in partnership with World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Climate and Oceans Support Programme for the Pacific (COSPPac) and Environment and Climate Change Canada is a result of a first “writeshop” for climate services in the Pacific.
By Ly Nguyen, IFRC
Between the 13 and 17 February, the Lao Red Cross Society’s communication and fundraising delegates visited Nepal to learn from the Nepal Red Cross Society’s experience in community radio programme.
As part of its efforts in strengthening the capacities of its implementing partners to prepare and respond to humanitarian crisis across Ethiopia, IOM partnered with UNICEF to organize a training for Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) branch staff members and regional government officials.
HCM CITY — A field hospital will be set up at the 175 Military Hospital in HCM City, possibly in July, to provide medical support in case of epidemics or disasters and to UN peacekeeping operations.
At a meeting held to discuss establishment of the facility yesterday, Major Bùi Đức Thành, its head, said its 70-strong staff have been trained to UN standards and also taught English.
In late June and early July equipment will be handed over to the hospital to prepare for its opening, he added.
The El Nino of 2015/2016 was unforgiving, decimating crops, drying up water sources and cutting communities in the Papua New Guinea Highlands adrift, as they either suffered in remote areas or left home for lower altitudes in search of water and food.
El día de hoy la Unidad Nacional para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres, en cabeza del Director General Carlos Iván Márquez Pérez, la Gobernadora del Meta, Marcela Amaya García y el Alcalde de Villavicencio, William Orlando Barbosa, hicieron entrega de la obra de mitigación del riesgo realizada en el río Guayuriba, la cual beneficia a 20.000 habitantes de la Vereda Vegas del Guayuriba en Villavicencio.
The WFP Country Programme platform was used to support the Karnali drought response by utilising the existing food pipeline to expand activities to include a blanket supplementary feeding programme to prevent acute malnutrition. The CERF funding has now concluded and food distributions are complete.
The UNESCO Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas (ICG/NEAMTWS) was formed in response to the tragic tsunami on 26 December 2004, in which over 250 000 lives were lost around the Indian Ocean region. After about 10 years, four Tsunami Watch Providers (TWPs) have been established: Turkey, Greece, Italy and France.
Panamá, 21 de Febrero 2017
Fuente: Prensa Latina
Panamá, 21 feb (PL) Tras el susto vivido ayer aquí como consecuencia del sismo de cinco grados en la escala de Richter, los análisis y experiencias emergen hoy como advertencia de lo importante que resulta la prevención ante situaciones de desastres.
Según Omar Smith, experto panameño en atención de emergencias, si el movimiento telúrico hubiera sucedido hace 20 años, las consecuencias hubiesen sido más graves.
Natural hazards claim 1.35 million lives per year.
Over the past 20 years, typhoons, floods, droughts, earthquakes and other natural hazards have claimed 1.35 million lives and affected on average 218 million people per year. They also have devastating effects on socio-economic development with a global economic impact since 2005 surpassing USD 1.3 trillion, mostly in developing countries. If better preparedness planning was in place, time, money and lives could have been saved.
The international community underinvests in preparedness.
22 February 2017, Rome - Mankind's future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new FAO report out today.
At a time when the growing threat of natural disasters is more dire than ever, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is working to help governments worldwide better manage disaster risk, with a view to making resilience integral to development planning and policymaking.
By Evelyne Karanja
NAIROBI, 21 February 2017 – Already grappling with an extended dry spell, countries in Greater Horn of Africa are bracing for an even deeper drought, with the approach of the traditional March to May rainy season offering little cause for comfort.
Exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon, below-average rainfall is worsening food security and water availability, straining the resilience of communities across the region.
Avalanche kills seven near Lowari Tunnel
NDMA prepares framework for vulnerable, low-income communities
Wind, rain, heat: Health risks grow with extreme weather
Babies starving as food runs low in Pakistan's drought-hit Tharparkar district
CM approves shifting of eight ATCs from Clifton to Central jail
Sindh govt fails to provide adequate security in Sehwan, says MQM, PMLF
Punjab sends summary to federal government for Rangers’ deployment
This policy brief outlines best practice for disaster psychology and the implementation of trauma-informed services in Hong Kong. Psychological services are an integral component of the public health response in complex emergencies.