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07 Mar 2017 description

Magnus Boding Hansen
Regular IRIN contributor based in Latin America

The church’s roof peeled off an hour before dawn, killing three of the villagers sheltering under it and forcing the rest into a flooded field where they sat hand-in-hand waiting for the hurricane to pass. The next morning, they took stock. Most people had lost their homes, livestock and all their crops.

25 Nov 2016 description

TIJUANA, 24 November 2016 - On a quiet, residential street overlooking the Tijuana River, barely two miles from the US border, Pierre Jacques Norma, a Haitian migrant who has traversed nine countries over the past three months to reach Mexico, sits in the dining area of the Casa del Migrante shelter.

21 Oct 2016 description

The catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 shocked the world and galvanised a massive international response. Just over two weeks after Hurricane Matthew left a trail of destruction across the southwest of the country, already the world appears to be moving on, despite warnings that the impact is severe.

19 Oct 2016 description

By Jonathan Katz

One of the very few foreign correspondents based in Haiti when the 2010 earthquake struck, Katz is the award-winning author of “The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster”.

22 Apr 2014 description

MANILLE, 22 avril 2014 (IRIN) - Les travailleurs d'urgence qui interviennent en milieu urbain à la suite d'une catastrophe ont la nécessité de s'adapter aux contraintes et exigences spécifiques aux milieux urbains, selon des experts et des travailleurs humanitaires.

16 Apr 2014 description

MANILA, 16 April 2014 (IRIN) - Responding to the devastation wrought by disasters in cities requires relief workers to adjust to the unique constraints and demands of specific urban settings, experts and aid workers say.

“Meeting the challenges of humanitarian response in urban settings will require taking into account factors that are particular to a city such as existing built infrastructure and the socio-economic, cultural, religious and political landscape,” said Steven Zyck, a research fellow at the UK-based Humanitarian Policy Group.

09 Jul 2012 description

DAKAR, 9 juillet 2012 (IRIN) - L’Évaluation conjointe de l’aide d’urgence au Rwanda (Joint Evaluation of Emergency Assistance to Rwanda - JEEAR), une évaluation de la réponse humanitaire des gouvernements et des organisations d’aide humanitaire au génocide de 1994 réalisée en 1996, a souligné, entre autres problèmes, la mauvaise coordination, la faible redevabilité (« accountability » en anglais) envers les survivants du génocide et la distribution d’aide aux auteurs des violences.

16 Jan 2012 description

BANGKOK, 16 January 2012 (IRIN) - More countries should follow international disaster law to ensure efficient delivery of international aid, say experts.

"Too often, this life-saving assistance is delayed by bureaucratic bottlenecks," Elyse Mosquini, a Geneva-based senior advocacy officer of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), told IRIN.

11 Dec 2011 description

Dear friends and colleagues,

IRIN is ending the year on a high.
Our climate change expert, Jaspreet Kindra, was invited to chair two separate panel discussions at COP 17 in Durban, and our PlusNews staffer, Keisha Rukikaire-Kagwa, was part of a satellite discussion on HIV in emergencies at the ICASA HIV/AIDS conference in Addis Ababa – great recognition of the quality of their work.

17 Mar 2011 description

BANGKOK, 17 mars 2011 (IRIN) - Les tsunamis, les tremblements de terre et les conflits laissent dans leur sillage chaos et imprévisibilité. Il n'est pas rare que des enfants soient séparés de leurs parents à cause d'une évacuation hâtive, d'une hospitalisation d'urgence ou d'un décès soudain et que l'un ou l'autre soit contraint d'attendre anxieusement des nouvelles.

16 Mar 2011 description

BANGKOK, 16 March 2011 (IRIN) - Tsunamis, earthquakes, and violent conflicts leave in their wake chaos and unpredictability. In these and other situations, hasty evacuations, rushed hospitalizations, and sudden deaths separate children from their parents, leaving many missing while others wait anxiously for news.

26 Jan 2011 description

JOHANNESBOURG, 26 janvier 2011 (IRIN) - En 2010, cinq des catastrophes les plus désastreuses, en termes de morts, de biens matériels et d'infrastructures, ont eu lieu en Asie. Investir dans la planification en prévision des catastrophes pourrait grandement contribuer à limiter le nombre de victimes, ont dit les experts.

« Les catastrophes en Asie sont principalement dues aux inondations et dans une moindre mesure, aux tempêtes.

25 Jan 2011 description

JOHANNESBURG, 25 January 2011 (IRIN) - In 2010, five of the most devastating disasters, measured in loss of lives, goods and infrastructure, occurred in Asia. Investing in disaster planning could go a long way to keeping the number of casualties down, experts said.

"Disasters in Asia are largely due to floods and, in the second instance, storms.

16 Dec 2010 description

CANCUN, 16 December 2010 (IRIN) - Under the new Cancun Agreements, endorsed at the end of the UN climate change talks in Mexico, countries have been asked to submit their views on the possible development of a climate and disaster risk insurance facility. The one to emulate would be the Caribbean Climate Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF).

The not-for-profit scheme created in 2007 for the 16 members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) offered quick pay-outs and comparatively low premiums, said Sven Harmeling, an adaptation expert with Germanwatch, a non-governmental lobby group.

When …

26 Oct 2010 description

LONDON, 26 October 2010 (IRIN) - Property developers in Indonesia and Thailand moved in quickly after the 2004 Tsunami, snapping up land from those relocated into resettlement camps to build luxury resorts, further squeezing the livelihoods of the poor.

Land grabbing happened after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the Haiti earthquake, and after cyclones and floods in the Philippines, according to the World Disasters Report 2010 (WDR).

It can involve outright violence, or carefully orchestrated …

06 Sep 2010 description

LONDON, 6 September 2010 (IRIN) - The UK's Disaster Emergencies Committee (DEC) [http://www.dec.org.uk], founded more than 45 years ago to persuade aid agencies to collaborate rather than compete in their fund-raising for emergencies, has so far raised more than US$60 million for the Pakistan flood appeal (unrelated to official UK aid).

This is the second time this year, after the Haiti earthquake, that the well-oiled machine in London has swung into action.

27 Jul 2010 description

DAKAR, 27 July 2010 (IRIN) - As the humanitarian "system" becomes more complex, with new actors and overlapping mandates, different definitions of humanitarian aid, and ever-more ambitious goals, humanitarian aid watchdog Development Initiatives outlines some of the needs, responses and funding trends over the past decade in its 2010 Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) report. [http://www.devinit.org/;

04 Jun 2010 description

DAKAR, 4 June 2010 (IRIN) - The rain and winds signalling the start of Haiti's storm season are already taking a toll on the makeshift shelters housing people displaced by the January earthquake, and aid agencies warn that there could be worse to come.

"Tarpaulins are generally holding up better than tents, but even the best tarpaulin or best tent is not a good place to live during the rainy or hurricane season," Timo L=FCge, communications officer of the interagency group overseeing shelter, told IRIN.

31 May 2010 description

NAIROBI, 31 May 2010 (IRIN) - Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran and Pakistan top a new ranking of countries at "extreme risk" of experiencing natural disasters compiled by a global risk assessment company.

The Natural Disaster Risk Index (NDRI) released on 27 May by Maplecroft, ranks 229 countries according to the human impact of natural disasters in terms of deaths per annum and per million of population, plus the frequency of events as well as the likelihood of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, …

04 Mar 2010 description

PORT-AU-PRINCE, 4 mars 2010 (IRIN) - Treize morts. Des maisons submergées. Des champs et des plantations de bananes inondés. Des animaux noyés. Des routes impraticables. Le traumatisme tout frais des milliers de personnes déplacées par le séisme. Autant de malheurs qui s'abattent aujourd'hui sur les habitants des Cayes, une ville de la côte sud d'Haïti, suite à un déluge non saisonnier. Et la saison des ouragans n'est pas loin.

Le 2 mars, des camions transportant 4 030 repas ont quitté Port-au-Prince pour assurer une distribution dans la ville des Cayes et ses environs.