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07 Feb 2018 description

By Sophie Hares

TEPIC, Mexico, Feb 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Expanding Mexico's early warning system and speeding up its alerts could save more lives when earthquakes strike, but making buildings quake-proof and preparing communities better are the best ways to protect people, scientists said on Tuesday.

Securing enough funds to maintain and run the infrastructure underpinning the SASMEX early warning system is also crucial, said the lead author of a study on its performance, after a chunk of the system was knocked out by a recent storm.

15 Sep 2017 description

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Mexico has been working to improve its early warning systems and disaster risk management for over three decades

There are few countries in the world resilient enough to respond to a hurricane and the strongest earthquake in a century, accompanied by a tsunami threat, all within hours of each other. Such was the challenge that confronted Mexico last week.

27 Aug 2017 description

Until recently Guatemala was a transit country for migrants and refugees making the overland journey towards the United States

By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA, Aug 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Guatemala is emerging as an unlikely safe haven for refugees fleeing rampant gang violence in El Salvador and Honduras, a new destination for Central Americans who have traditionally beaten a path to the United States, according to the United Nations.

07 Jul 2017 description

Levels of PTSD among Central American migrants treated by MSF in Mexico are similar to those in "traditional conflict settings", with nearly 60 percent of women showing signs of depression

By Sophie Hares

TEPIC, Mexico, July 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Extreme violence in Central America is forcing aid agencies to use conflict-zone tactics to reach people most at risk in gang-plagued nations such as El Salvador and Honduras, where homicide levels are comparable to those in war, experts say.

07 Apr 2016 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 6 Apr 2016 11:28 GMT

By Laurie Goering

LONDON, April 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In Zimbabwe, worsening droughts mean farmers will struggle to grow a maize crop two out of every five seasons, a leading international agriculture expert has warned.

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