Intense drought can devastate a country. Severe flooding can be catastrophic. Dealing with both at the same time? That’s just another day for too many countries around the world that struggle to accurately predict weather- and climate-related disasters while simultaneously dealing with their effects.
Regional coordination and improved warnings promote public safety, save lives
The names Matthew and Otto have been retired as tropical cyclone names because of numerous fatalities and the extensive damage they caused in 2016. Matthew will be replaced by Martin, and Otto will be replaced by Owen in the rotating list of names used for tropical cyclones in the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, North Atlantic and eastern North Pacific Oceans.
1) Storm Surge Watch/Warning becomes operational
UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) coordinates workshops on Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and mechanisms of coordination between scientific and natural disaster response agencies to build more resilient communities in the Caribbean.
In February 2017, WFP reached 73,732 people in Central Mindanao with a view to improving their food security.
WFP signed an agreement with the Office of the Vice President to fund a review that will look into creating an inter-agency commission for food security and nutrition.
WFP’s response to the Karnali droughts, funded by the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), has been completed, with the last food distributions conducted in the first week of February.
Over 15,000 beneficiaries from earthquake-affected districts of Gorkha, Nuwakot and Dhading have been registered through SCOPE. Work on asset creation has started and distributions of food and cash are scheduled to commence in the upcoming days.
By Jonathan Fowler
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 27 March 2017 – People and their communities must be at the heart of efforts to reduce the impacts of natural and human-induced hazards, senior officials told Europe’s annual disaster risk summit today.
“Reducing the risk and losses of disasters is a collective effort. It requires collective action,” said Mr. Christos Stylianides, European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, at the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction.
This revised Emergency Appeal seeks 25,062,572 Swiss francs (increased from 9,107,628 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) in assisting 1,033,300 people (an increase from 340,786 people) for twelve months. The expanded operation will focus on the following sectors: Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Livelihoods, Nutrition and Food Security.
The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural disasters such as cyclones, floods, droughts and earthquakes. Pacific countries rank among the highest in the world in terms of numbers of casualties and people affected. The European Commission provides humanitarian assistance to the region both in terms of disaster preparedness and emergency relief when major disasters strike.
December 16-18, 2013
Executive summary On December 16-18th the MENA Urban Disaster Risk Reduction & Management workshop was held in Beirut as the last of a regional series of workshop/consultations in 2013. The workshop was supported by the IFRC Urban DRR/DM programme and the IFRC MENA office to:
To achieve better and deeper understanding of the urban contexts including challenges, opportunities and priorities in MENA for Red Cross and Red Crescent DRR/DM interventions and programmes
Author(s): Will Bugler and Olivia Palin
Local residents in Rakhine State presented explanations about their sufferings on social difficulties and having to deal with natural disasters almost every year and the requirements of preparedness when they met with Dr Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement yesterday at the township administration offices of Kyaukphyu township.
THAILAND, 26th March 2017 (NNT) – Major dams in two provinces hold sufficient water for consumption in their regions throughout the drought season, according to Thai officials.
QUEZON CITY, March 27 -- As the lead agency in the national government's disaster response, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues to strengthen its preparations for the ‘Big One’, referring to the predicted 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Metro Manila to be generated by the West Valley Fault.
By Jonathan Fowler
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 26 March 2017 – Efforts to curb the threats posed by natural and human-induced hazards will go off track if they keep women and girls out of the picture, experts told Europe’s top disaster risk forum today.
Sidelining half of society is completely wrongheaded, Ms. Hiba Qasas, Chief, Crisis Prevention, Preparedness and Response at UN Women, told a special session of the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction, which runs from Sunday to Tuesday.
Two-thirds of India is prone to droughts and one-eight is susceptible to floods.
India’s complex hydrology calls for a holistic approach.
The two hydrology projects have helped several communities in vulnerable areas to plan in advance and build resilience against the uncertainties of climate change.
Hydrological and meteorological (or “hydromet”) hazards are responsible for 90% of total disaster losses worldwide.
Improving the prediction of hydromet hazards—by getting accurate, timely predictions into the hands of decision-makers and the public—can save lives and money.
On World Meteorological Day, learn how the World Bank is working with countries around the world to help build resilience to the growing economic, environmental, and social challenges we face today.
What are the needs?
Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – the five republics in Central Asia – are particularly exposed to natural disasters such as landslides, avalanches, floods, earthquakes, droughts and glacier melt.
ActionAid is working with poor communities across the world to support them in building their resilience to disasters, climate change and other shocks and stresses. This work is of ever-growing importance, not only because of changing weather patterns and rising temperatures increasing the likelihood of disasters, but also because of growing risks related to violent conflict, human and livestock epidemics, environmental degradation and political and economic crises.