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09 Jun 2018 description

West Africa remains dry, while heavy rain is forecast over Kenya

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly-distributed rain since late February has resulted in abnormal dryness across central and northeastern Ethiopia.

  2. A slow onset to seasonal rainfall across the southern Gulf of Guinea countries has led to strengthening moisture deficits throughout the region.

  3. Delays in seasonal rainfall across the southern Gulf of Guinea countries has led to strengthening moisture deficits throughout the region.

11 Apr 2018 description
report World Bank

Story Highlights

  • Nature-based solutions are an increasingly effective way to reduce disaster risk while benefiting the environment and creating local jobs.

  • A new guidance note was developed to assist in the evaluation and implementation of nature-based solutions for flood risk management, and is available in English, French and Spanish.

  • The interactive web platform NatureBasedSolutions.org hosts an extensive global inventory of nature-based solution projects, enabling the comparison of possible solutions.

10 Apr 2018 description

OVERVIEW

• Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region experience a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, forest fires, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanoes. El Niño and La Niña phenomena occur periodically, exacerbating the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region. Unplanned urban expansion, environmental and natural resource degradation, and land-use management challenges also increase populations’ vulnerability and exposure to natural hazards.

15 Mar 2018 description

Drought continues in Southern Africa, while parts of Madagascar and Kenya are on flood watch

  1. Due to poor rainfall since November western Namibia is in a severe drought. Conditions may worsen as limited rain is forecast next week.

  2. In southwestern Madagascar, an uneven and inadequate rainfall distribution since the start of the rainfall season has resulted in severe drought. Drought conditions are likely to persist.

10 Mar 2018 description

Despite recent rains, many areas of southern Africa remain dry

  1. Since November, rainfall has been below average in South Africa. Significant moisture deficits have strengthened and expanded into several parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, and southern Angola.

  2. Although rainfall has increased in some areas of Madagascar since mid-November, the negative impacts of the delayed onset of the rainfall season is still present.
    Rainfall is below average in several western provinces of the island.

02 Mar 2018 description

Ground conditions improve in southern Africa, while Namibia and Angola remain dry

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since November, rainfall has been below-average in South Africa. Significant moisture deficits have strengthened and expanded into several parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, and southern Angola.

19 Jan 2018 description

Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of emergencies in the region.

11 Jan 2018 description

Heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Cyclone Ava causes flooding in Madagascar

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since November, rainfall has been belowaverage in South Africa.
    The early season abnormal dryness has expanded into several parts of southern and western Mozambique, Zimbabwe, eastern Botswana, and southern Zambia, where rainfall is forecast to be low during the middle of January.

15 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Resilient Transport Vital to Curb Disaster Losses in Small Island Developing States

Improved policies alone could reduce the impact of natural disasters on well-being by 13 to 25% in small island countries

28 Oct 2017 description

NEMO and the National Met Service hereby inform the general public that as at 2:00 p.m., showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad Area of Low Pressure (93L) located over the north western Caribbean Sea are beginning to show signs of organization. The broad Area of Low Pressure (93L) has a medium to high chance of development into a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours.

26 Oct 2017 description

CARICOM Media Release

Thursday, October 26, 2017 — CARICOM and Mexico, which both recently suffered devastating natural disasters, have agreed to strengthen cooperation in disaster risk management.

The agreement forms part of a Joint Declaration issued at the end of the Fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit held in Belize on Wednesday 25 October 2017 under the joint chairmanship of CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto.

06 Oct 2017 description
report Voice of America

La recién formada tormenta tropical Nate dejó el jueves al menos 15 muertos en Nicaragua, ocho en Costa Rica, otros dos en Honduras y uno en El Salvador mientras se mueve en una trayectoria que podría llevarla el fin de semana a la costa estadounidense en el Golfo de México, informaron las autoridades.

El Centro Nacional de Huracanes de Estados Unidos indicó que la tormenta podría generar inundaciones en Honduras, donde se prevé que arroje entre 380 y 500 milímetros (entre 15 a 20 pulgadas) de lluvia, e incluso más en algunas zonas.

05 Oct 2017 description

Focus on tropical cyclones on American continent “Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are the same weather phenomenon; we just use different names for these storms in different places. In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, the term “hurricane” is used. The same type of disturbance in the Northwest Pacific is called a “typhoon” and “cyclones” occur in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean” (NOAA, 2017).

20 Sep 2017 description

The Caribbean has been buffeted by an exceptional number of intense storms and hurricanes this year. In the space of just a few days, Hurricane Irma has been followed by Hurricanes José and Maria, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. Hurricane Irma formed near Cabo Verde towards the end of August and, according to the US National Hurricane Center, was the strongest hurricane on record to form in the Atlantic Ocean.

22 Aug 2017 description

La Secretaría Ejecutiva de la Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres –SE-CONRED- y el Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología –INSIVUMEH-, han dado seguimiento a los remanentes de la Depresión Harvey que avanza hacia la Península de Yucatán y la costa de Belice. Efectos indirectos se prevén en Guatemala.

21 Aug 2017 description

La noche del sábado 19 de agosto el Centro Nacional de Huracanes de Estados Unidos -CNH-, informó que la Depresión Harvey perdió fuerza y que se disiparía en el mar Caribe, sin embargo, los remanentes de Harvey son monitoreados debido que en las próximas horas podría fortalecer nuevamente a Depresión Tropical con 50 por ciento de probabilidades de desarrollarse.