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17 Dec 1997 description

The El Niño event is part of a climatic phenomenon known as the El-Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) which strongly affects tropical and mid latitude countries such as Peru, Colombia, Brazil, the central American states, Mexico, the southern USA, tropical Pacific Islands, New Guinea, northern Australia, the whole of southeast Asia, much of southern Africa (especially Zambia and South Africa), and parts of India.

17 Dec 1997 description

International Decade for Natural Disaster reduction (IDNDR)



El Niño is back, and its impact threatens to be greater than ever before. Countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America are working to mitigate the impact of unusually severe floods, drought and fire associated with El Niño, and to predict and prepare for what lies ahead. The full extent of the El Niño phenomenon -- marked by unusually warm ocean currents in the centre and eastern parts of the Pacific ocean -- will not be clear until after Christmas, which is when an El Niño typically reaches its full force.
17 Dec 1997 description

Activities related to El Niño underway at the United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA) include:


  • DHA has launched an Inter-Agency Task Fore on E Niño. It is convened by the Secretariat of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR, 1990-2000) to provide a forum for inter-agency exchange and examine the possibility for a comprehensive disaster reduction strategy within the UN system and related international organizations regarding the El Niño phenomenon.
17 Dec 1997 description

Introduction

WMO has produced this El Niño Update in order to ensure that the most effective and accurate information is made available. It is a summary of: (i) our knowledge of the El Niño phenomenon, (ii) its associated impacts on a global scale, and (iii) forecast information for the coming months. This Update is compiled from a variety of scientific sources (see References) and is intended to address the questions and concerns of an audience that ranges from the general public to the policy maker.

PART I: BACKGROUND INFORMATION ABOUT EL NIÑO

17 Dec 1997 description
Asian Regional Meeting on
"El Niño Related Crises"
followed by
Workshop on the Role of Media in Accurate
Reporting of the "El Niño Event"



Venue: Bangkok, Thailand
Dates: February 2-6, 1998

Sponsor: Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)

Organizers: Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), ThailandADPC is an IDNDR focal point for Asia and the Pacific
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA


Key Objectives of the Meeting & Media Workshop
17 Dec 1997 description

What is El Niño


El Niño is a periodic disruption of normal oceanic circulation in the Eastern Pacific, especially off the coast of Ecuador and Peru, which has the global potential for causing disasters through inducing changes to normal weather patterns, causing wide-spread flooding and/or drought conditions.

The term El Niño (Boy Child) is derived from Peruvian fishermen who have long recognized this cyclic phenomenon.

UNDP's responses will include:
17 Dec 1997 description

The El Niño event is part of a climatic phenomenon known as the El-Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) which strongly affects tropical and mid latitude countries such as Peru, Colombia, Brazil, the central American states, Mexico, the southern USA, tropical Pacific Islands, New Guinea, northern Australia, the whole of southeast Asia, much of southern Africa (especially Zambia and South Africa), and parts of India.

17 Dec 1997 description


Following the establishment of the Inter-Agency Task Force on El Niño on 18 November 1997, within the Framework of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR 1990-2000), a consolidated press kit was published by the IDNDR Secretariat in Geneva.

17 Dec 1997 description

Informations générales sur le dossier de presse du groupe de travail inter-agences des Nations Unies sur El Niño

17 Dec 1997 description

BRASIL
La Defensa Civil Brasileña reporta que las inundaciones presentadas
se encuentran en fase de regresion, los niveles de los rios se
encuentran en descenso. Los estados afectados son Rio Grande, Santa
Catarina y Parana. La situacion no supera la capacidad de respuesta
del Pais. Fuente: Defensa Civil

PARAGUAY

Lluvias intensas han producido desbordamiento del rio Paraguay
causando inundaciones en la zona urbana de Asuncion y en Concepcion
situada en la zona norte del pais.

DANOS A LA POBLACION

Muertos: 6

12 Dec 1997 description

Supplement to WFP Emergency Report no. 50 of 1997 - December 12, 1997. re: El Niño
This is the fifth in a series of information updates provided on a fortnightly basis. Please note that the WFP Regional Office
coverage is Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

I. El Niño Overview:

The extent of this El Niño, as measured by the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI), continues to be unprecedented: the SOI for
November was further from the norm than during the same month of the previous El Niño events. In southern Africa, steady

12 Dec 1997 description

WFP EMERGENCY REPORT
Issued weekly by the United Nations World Food Programme

12 Dec 1997 description

DAILY UPDATE
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that 37 countries in the world are facing shortfalls in food supplies as a result of the El Nino phenomenon.

This phenomenon is caused by the abnormal warming of the ocean in the Pacific, which in turn triggers off a chain reaction in

11 Dec 1997 description

(4:12am AEDT)
Japan's Meteorological Agency says the El Nino weather phenomenon has warmed waters in the eastern Pacific to their highest level this century.
The agency said the average sea surface temperature in the area in November was more than three-and-half degrees Celsius above normal.
But it said the increase indicated that the El Nino event had now peaked, and sea surface temperatures were not expected to rise dramatically in the near future.

11 Dec 1997 description

Since March 1997 FAO has been intensively monitoring and alerting the international community of the impact on agriculture, forestry and fisheries of serious weather anomalies around the world which are believed to be assisted with this year's El Nino. In parts of Latin America and Asia severe weather disturbances have already had far reaching repercussions on national crop production, food security, fisheries and forestry.

09 Dec 1997 description

ROME The World Food Programme (WFP) appealed today for US$9.4 million in emergency food aid for poor farmers and their families in five countries of Central America where the El Niño meteorological phenomenon has caused drought and floods.

09 Dec 1997 description

ROMA - El Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA) ha hecho hoy un llamamiento con el fin de reunir 9,4 millones de dólares EE.UU. en ayuda alimentaria de urgencia que irá destinada a los campesinos pobres, y a sus familias, de cinco países de América Central, en los cuales el fenómeno meteorológico "El Niño" ha provocado sequías e inundaciones.

04 Dec 1997 description

Weekly News
The Federation has just launched an appeal for 13.8 million Swiss Francs to tackle disasters caused by the meteorological
phenomenon "El Niño" in Latin America. Part of the money will be spent immediately on emergency food supplies and other

04 Dec 1997 description
report Voice of America

DATE=12/4/97
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-223676
TITLE=EL NINO/MALARIA (L ONLY)
BYLINE=JOE CHAPMAN
DATELINE=NEW YORK
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:


// EDITORS: THIS WAS VOICED TUESDAY //

INTRO: PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE ESTABLISHED A
PREVIOUSLY UNSUSPECTED LINK BETWEEN THE "EL NINO" WEATHER
PHENOMENON AND MALARIA. V-O-A'S JOE CHAPMAN REPORTS FROM NEW
YORK.

TEXT: SCIENTISTS HAVE LINKED EL NINO TO DISEASES SUCH AS MALARIA
BEFORE. MOST EXPERTS BELIEVED THAT FAMINES, BROUGHT ON BY

02 Dec 1997 description
report UN General Assembly

Fifty-second session
SECOND COMMITTEE
Agenda item 98 (d)


ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: INTERNATIONAL DECADE
FOR NATURAL DISASTER REDUCTION


Draft resolution submitted by the Vice-Chairman of the
Committee, Mr. Hans-Peter Glanzer (Austria), on the
basis of informal consultations held on draft
resolution A/C.2/52/L.20

International cooperation to reduce the impact of the
El Niño phenomenon



The General Assembly,