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24 May 2017 description

Port-au-Prince, mercredi 24 Mai 2017 - Le secrétaire général de l’Organisation Météorologique Mondiale, Petteri Taalas, visitera Haïti du 25 au 27 mai pour inaugurer avec le Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Ressources Naturelles et du Développement Rural (MARNDR) le nouveau bâtiment du Service Hydrométéorologique d’Haïti (UHM). Cette installation permettra d´améliorer les services d´alerte et de prévention des risques de catastrophes naturelles, en contribuant à la réduction des pertes en vies humaines et des dommages matériels en Haïti.

24 May 2017 description

Cancún, 24 de mayo de 2017

La Comisión Europea ha anunciado hoy una financiación de 14.3 millones de euros para apoyar a los países afectados por desastres naturales e invertir en la reducción del riesgo de desastres y la resiliencia en América Latina y el Caribe en 2017.

El anuncio lo ha hecho el comisario europeo de Ayuda Humanitaria y Gestión de Crisis Christos Stylianides quien participa en la Conferencia de las Naciones Unidas sobre Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres en Cancún, México, junto con el Presidente de México y los líderes de América Latina.

24 May 2017 description


  • Cereal harvest in 2017 expected to remain unchanged as dryness in central producing areas constrains national output

  • Weaker currency sustains high inflation rates, despite some declines in recent months

  • Food security conditions expected to stabilize in previously drought-affected southern provinces

  • Food security conditions remain stressed in flood-affected Cunene Province

Cereal crop production expected to remain unchanged in 2017

24 May 2017 description

Today the European Commission announced new funding of €14.3 million to support countries affected by natural disasters and invest in disaster risk reduction and resilience in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The announcement coincides with Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides participation in the UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico, together with the President of Mexico and leaders from Latin America.

24 May 2017 description

Key Messages

  • With the harvest now taking place countrywide, greater food availability has led to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes in southern and central areas, which is expected to improve to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) in June. However, it is still likely that localized poor households in areas directly impacted by the armed conflict, flooding/cyclone events or erratic rainfall in parts of the central region’s semiarid zone may face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) or Crisis (IPC Phase 3) through September and require targeted humanitarian assistance.

24 May 2017 description


The third and fourth of October of 2016 the category four hurricane, Matthew, hit Haiti. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Matthew affected 2.1 million of persons; population that represent in about 19% of the Haitian inhabitants .

In terms of number of affected population, the most affected departments were the Sud, Grand’Anse, West and the Nippes Departments , with 775 thousand , 468 thousand, 222 thousand and 205 thousand affected persons, respectively (OCHA, 2017) .

23 May 2017 description
report European Union

Port-au-Prince, le 22 mai 2017. La Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI) a signé aujourd'hui un accord de prêt d'un montant de 3 millions d'euros avec Action pour la Coopération avec la Microentreprise (ACME) afin d’élargir l’accès aux financements pour les femmes et les emprunteurs des régions rurales, ainsi que pour la population vivant dans les zones touchées par l’ouragan Matthew. La ligne de crédit de la BEI permettra de financer jusqu’à 20.000 micro prêts en Haïti et de donner accès au crédit à des populations défavorisées dans tout le pays.

23 May 2017 description

The number and frequency of recorded natural disasters, along with the associated impact and damage to livelihoods and economies (local, national), are increasing significantly. Natural disasters often destroy critical agricultural assets and infrastructure, disrupting production cycles, trade flows and livelihoods means. This affects food security and causes additional disruptions throughout the value chains. Such disasters may slow overall economic growth, especially where agriculture and food production still account for a large share of gross domestic product and employment.

23 May 2017 description

• Cambodia is regularly exposed to a variety of natural hazards, most commonly fl oods, drought, and typhoons. The country is considered one of the world’s most vulnerable to natural disasters and ranks 9th in the 2016 UN University World Risk Index.

23 May 2017 description

The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is an indicator of vegetation health. NDVI is calculated from the visible and nearinfrared light reflected by vegetation. Healthy vegetation absorbs most of the visible light that hits it, and reflects a large portion of the near-infrared light. Unhealthy or sparse vegetation reflects more visible light and less near-infrared light. The time frame has been chosen to compare vegetation health before and after Hurricane Matthew.

23 May 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — The increasing intensity and devastation caused by natural disasters continues to pose an “enormous challenge” to the nation, causing severe losses of assets and human life, and threatens to derail Việt Nam’s development, President Trần Đại Quang said in a letter penned for the 71st celebration of the Traditional Day on Natural Disaster Prevention (May 22, 1946 – May 22, 2017).

22 May 2017 description

This operation update details the progress of implementation from 22 February 2016 to 30 April 2017. This update also signifies the need to extend the operation by three months from 31 May 2017 until 31 August 2017 to allow the following key activities to be undertaken:

  • Shelter and Settlements

    • To complete the target of 1,200 household on Shelter repair and build back safer in which 64% have been completed.

    • To complete the targeted 35 demonstration model houses in which 50% have been completed.

22 May 2017 description

This Revised Emergency Appeal is seeking 336,193 Swiss francs (reduced from 1,405,216 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) in delivering assistance and support to 24,050 people (reduced from 30,775 people) affected by floods in late 2016. The operation is focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); shelter; and disaster risk reduction. The main changes are the removal of recovery shelter and National Society capacity development components.

21 May 2017 description


  • Madagascar’s 2017 staple food production is expected to remain below average levels.
    The ongoing main rice harvest will be less than 90 percent of 2016 levels as unexpected early season dryness resulted in a late start to the planting season. Maize and cassava production will see a modest recovery but similarly remain below average (Figure 1).
    Rice imports will continue to play an important role in staple food supply over the coming months.

20 May 2017 description

Five cholera treatment centres installed in the most affected provinces have already been dismantled

MAPUTO, May 19 (Reuters) - Mozambique has declared an end to a cholera epidemic that was triggered by heavy rains and infected more than 2,000 people, a senior government official said on Friday.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

20 May 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 2 May 2017, the Fiji Meteorological Service provided an early alert for a tropical disturbance (TD21F) forming to the north of Vanuatu. Over the ensuing 24 hours TD21F continued to strengthen and by midnight on 3 May 2017 had developed into Tropical Cyclone Donna (TC Donna), a Category 1 system. Moving in a westerly direction, TC Donna passed north of the Vanuatu group as a Category 3 cyclone within 50-100km of the Torres Islands in Torba Province.

19 May 2017 description

Despite recent seasonal rainfall, moisture deficits remain in central Kenya and Somalia

  1. Following rains during early March, significant long-term moisture deficits remain throughout central and eastern Madagascar.

  2. Inconsistent rainfall since late December has led to continued dryness across many parts of western Angola.

18 May 2017 description

Report highlights need for early warnings and disaster risk reduction

GENEVA 18 May 2017 (WMO) – The World Meteorological Organization has announced « world records » for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms. It marks the first time the official WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes has broadened its scope from temperature and weather records to address the impacts of specific events.

18 May 2017 description
  • Heavy rains have fallen uninterrupted since 16 May, affecting areas still recovering from the passage of Hurricane Matthew on 4 October 2016 in the South, Grand’Anse, South-East, West and North-West departments, but also in other areas located in Artibonite and Centre departments. Several municipalities present soils 100% saturated. This has caused massive fast flooding episodes and multiple landslides.