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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.

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.

16 Feb 2018 description

Rain continues to decrease deficits throughout southern Africa, causing flooding in some areas

  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.

03 Feb 2018 description

Rainfall in Southern Africa is expected to bring some relief to dryness

Africa Weather Hazards

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

18 Nov 2017 description

Continued heavy rains in November bring relief to dryness in East Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since late October, above-average rainfall has mitigated moisture deficits across Somalia and eastern Kenya. However, dryness remains in parts of the northern Somali region of eastern Ethiopia.
  2. Below-average rainfall since mid-October have resulted in considerable moisture deficits across parts of the Free State, Gauteng, and Mpumalanga regions of South Africa and in Lesotho and Swaziland.
09 Nov 2017 description

Despite a recent improvement in seasonal rainfall, dryness remains in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Increased seasonal rainfall was recorded in Somalia and northeastern Kenya, helping to mitigate early-season moisture deficits, although dryness remains. Average to above-average rainfall forecast in mid- November is expected to continue to provide relief to the region.

  2. Heavy rainfall continues to sustain the risk for flooding in southeastern Kenya and northeastern Tanzania.

28 Oct 2017 description

Moisture deficits continue to grow in eastern Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Moisture deficits have grown in eastern Ethiopia, southern and central Somalia, and northeastern Kenya due to poor rainfall since late September. Over central and southern Somalia, a dry weather pattern is forecast, which could worsen conditions on the ground.
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.

21 Jul 2017 description

Continued heavy rainfall causes ooding in Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since mid-May has led to abnormal dryness across eastern Uganda and southwestern Kenya. Moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact cropping and Pastoral activities.

  2. Repeated weeks of very heavy, above-normal rains have oversaturated the ground in parts of Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan. More heavy rain during the next week is likely to cause further flooding.

14 Jul 2017 description

Continued heavy rainfall causes flooding in Sudan and Nigeria

10 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

RESPONSE HIGHLIGHTS

• UNICEF is now implementing Care and Support activity for families affected by Congenital ZIKV Syndrome in Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, Brazil and Belize. To date 556 families across the region have benefited from non-clinical care and support interventions.

07 Jul 2017 description

Rainfall deficits persist over Kenya and Uganda

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since mid-May has led to abnormal dryness across eastern Uganda and southwestern Kenya. Moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact cropping and Pastoral activities.

  2. Torrential rain led to destroyed houses in Central Darfur, Sudan. Heavy rain is forecast to continue during the next week. High flooding risks in the region continue.

30 Jun 2017 description

Heavy rainfall continues over Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since mid-May has led to abnormal dryness across eastern Uganda and southwestern Kenya. Moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact cropping and Pastoral activities.
30 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

RESPONSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • UNICEF is working with partners to directly provide nonclinical care and support to 68 families with babies affected by Zika Congenital Syndrome in the Dominican Republic, and over 350 in Brazil.

  • Ministries of Health in the region such as in Honduras and Guatemala are reporting increased numbers of cases of Congenital ZIKV Syndrome. As a result of this UNICEF is working with partners to improve surveillance and detection mechanisms both for ZIKV and its consequences.

04 May 2017 description

Sequía. Enfermedades. Terremotos. Huracanes. Más de 10,6 millones de personas en América Latina y el Caribe fueron afectadas por estos desastres en 2016.

Cada emergencia presentó sus propios desafíos, se tratara de los medios de vida afectados, la seguridad de las familias forzadas a huir de la violencia, el creciente riesgo de enfermedades transmitidas por vectores o la magnitud de grandes desastres como el terremoto en Ecuador (abril 2016) y el Huracán Matthew en el Caribe (octubre de 2016).

04 May 2017 description

Drought. Disease. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. More than 10.6 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean were affected by these disasters in 2016.

Each emergency presented its own set of challenges, whether it was addressing affected livelihoods, the safety of families forced to flee from violence, the growing risk of vector-borne diseases or the sheer scale of major disasters such as the earthquake in Ecuador (April 2016) and Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean (October 2016).

16 Mar 2017 description

Description of the disaster

Hurricane Earl made landfall on 4 August 2016, with wind gusts of up to 110 km/h, as estimated by the United States’ National Hurricane Centre.

09 Dec 2016 description

Insufficient rain has led to drought in the Greater Horn

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Locust outbreak has continued in western Mauritania. Breeding has extended to southern Western Sahara, where limited control operations are in progress, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

  2. Poor early season precipitation has resulted in increasing moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions throughout portions of Angola, southern DRC, and northern Zambia.