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02 Sep 2011 description
report AlertNet

By Megan Rowling

LONDON (AlertNet) - Three Pacific island nations rank among the five countries most at risk of disasters, together with the Philippines and Guatemala, in a new index that measures social vulnerability as well as exposure to natural hazards and climate change.

Vanuatu and Tonga come first and second, with the Solomon Islands in fourth position. These low-lying Pacific island states are in a highly active seismic zone, as well as being under threat from sea-level rise, and judged to be poorly equipped to cope with disasters.

11 Jan 2011 description

Released: 1/11/2011 12:44:35 PM

Contact Information:

U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S.
Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192

Heidi Koontz
Phone: 303-202-4763

Clarice Nassif Ransom

11 Aug 2010 description
report AlertNet

Written by: Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA (AlertNet) - South Pacific nations threatened with rising sea levels linked to climate change are looking to adopt a regional disaster insurance plan based on a lauded Caribbean scheme which aims to soften the economic impact of natural catastrophes.

The World Bank launched the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the first multi-country insurance scheme of its kind, in 2007, after Hurricane Ivan inflicted billions of dollars in losses on the region in 2004.

The scheme promises member governments prompt payouts after …

06 Aug 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2010 to 30 June 2010.

In brief

Programme outcome: To increase the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) capacity to assist National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reduce the number of deaths, injuries and the impact of disasters through the timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the DREF.

Programme(s) summary: At 30 June 2010, IFRC had made 73 allocations from the DREF to support 67 different operations for a total of 11,285,280 Swiss francs bringing assistance to over …

31 Jan 2010 description

New Zealand provides aid for the people of Haiti

A massive global humanitarian effort is underway in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas in Haiti following the disastrous 12 January earthquake that has left over 100,000 people dead, an estimated 1 million people homeless and affected approximately 3 million people in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

A United Nations (UN) update on the international relief effort supported by the New Zealand Government's international aid and development programme (NZAID) shows the coordination of humanitarian help in Haiti is improving every …