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12 Feb 2018 description

By Denis McClean

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 February 2018 - Just five months after the September earthquakes which completely destroyed 60,000 homes, more than 30,000 have been rebuilt by affected families provided with cash and technical assistance from the Mexican authorities.

In a first for Mexico, the authorities restored hope to affected communities across seven states, by issuing a total of 170,000 debit cards which allowed each family to draw up to US$8,000 to rebuild or repair their homes, in the first such experiment by the Mexican government.

03 Mar 2017 description

By Denis McClean

GENEVA, 3 March, 2017 - The Americas region meets next week to discuss the best way forward to reduce disaster losses as a new Post Disaster Needs Analysis (PDNA) demonstrates the full impact of the devastation wrought on Haiti by Hurricane Matthew in October last year.

16 Jan 2017 description

By Alexcia Cooke

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 16 January 2017 – Seven years on from the devastating earthquake in Haiti, countries from across the Caribbean are working hard to reduce the risks posed by seismic threats, as part of their wider drive towards sustainable development.

The magnitude-7.0 quake of 12 January, 2010, claimed around 150,000 lives and affected over three million people.

12 Jan 2012 description

Geneva, 12 January 2012 – On the occasion of the two-year commemoration of the Haitian earthquake today, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, recognized the significant progress made over the last two years in dealing with the consequences of the disaster which took over 220,000 lives and left hundreds of thousands homeless. She issued the following statement:

24 Jan 2011 description

Genève - Selon le Centre de recherche sur l'épidémiologie des catastrophes (CRED), les 373 catastrophes naturelles recensées en 2010 ont fait 296 800 morts et près de 208 millions de sinistrés, et ont entraîné quelques 110 milliards de dollars US de dommages.

Les deux catastrophes les plus destructrices, le séisme en Haïti du 12 janvier et la vague de chaleur en Russie cet été, qui ont respectivement occasionné 222 500 et près de 56 000 victimes, font de cette année 2010 l'une des plus meurtrières des deux dernières décennies.

« Ces chiffres sont affligeants ; toutefois ils …

24 Jan 2011 description

Geneva - Some 373 natural disasters killed over 296,800 people in 2010, affecting nearly 208 million others and costing nearly US$110 billion, according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).

The top two most lethal disasters -- the 12 January earthquake in Haiti, which killed over 222,500 people, as well as the Russian heat wave in summer, which caused about 56,000 fatalities made 2010 the deadliest years in at least two decades.

"These figures are bad, but could be seen as benign in years to come," said Margareta Wahlström, …

13 Oct 2010 description

UNISDR 2010/24

13 October 2010

Since the beginning of the year, more than 236,000 people have been killed by disasters and nearly 256 million have been affected by earthquakes, floods, tropical storms and landslides according to the latest figures released by the Centre for Research in the Epidemiology of Disasters.(1)

Most of them lived in cities.

"Today's urban planning demands foresight and much more attention to disaster risk.

12 Jul 2010 description

UNISDR 2010/10

Reconstruction will take years but Haiti must emerge safer said Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

It has been six months since a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, causing major damage to the capital, Port-au-Prince, and surrounding area. While a great deal has been achieved in the recovery effort since then - thanks to a massive humanitarian response - the reconstruction challenge remains daunting and full of challenges.

01 Jun 2010 description

Geneva, Switzerland - Local governments are showing their commitment to protect cities and citizens from natural hazards by signing up to a new global disaster risk reduction campaign.

Davos (Switzerland), Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Santa Tecla (El Salvador) and Baofeng (China) are the latest to join the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction's Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready campaign, which is aimed at guiding to process to put in place much-needed disaster reduction plans.

On 30 May 2010, leaders from eight cities - Bonn (Germany), Mexico City (Mexico), …

27 May 2010 description

The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction launches a global campaign to help cities build resilience against the impacts of natural hazards

Bonn, Germany - The earthquake that wreaked havoc on Port-au-Prince, Haiti, earlier this year, and the continuing fallout of volcanic ash from Iceland that has paralysed large parts of Europe, reinforce the urgency for cities to take the necessary steps to put in place much-needed disaster reduction plans.

With more than half the world's population living in urban areas, cities are particularly vulnerable to the risks of natural …

28 Jan 2010 description

UNISDR 2010/01

Geneva - In the past decade, nearly 60 per cent of the people killed by disasters died because of earthquakes, the Center for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) revealed today in a joint press conference with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).

"Earthquakes are the deadliest natural hazard of the past ten years and remain a serious threat for millions of people worldwide as eight out of the ten most populous cities in the world are on earthquake fault-lines," said Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative …

22 Jan 2010 description

It has now been more than a week since two catastrophic earthquakes struck Haiti, leaving much of the Capital city Port-au-Prince and surroundings totally devastated.