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13 Jul 1999 description
report United Nations

Natural disasters claimed more than 50,000 lives and resulted in economic losses exceeding $90 billion during 1998; while wars in Africa, Asia and Europe displaced millions more. This horrifying toll will set the scene for the Economic and Social Council's debate, when it begins its segment on humanitarian affairs on 13 July.

06 Jul 1999 description

Press Release SG/SM/7060 - 19990706

17 Dec 1998 description

According to WMO(*) Annual Statement on the Global Climate

22 May 1998 description

CWS/ACT APPEAL:
BRAZIL - RORAIMA FIRES AND DROUGHT (#976309)
(In support of ACT Appeal #LABR81 for $374,379)

15 May 1998 description


Brazil - Roraima Fires & Drought - LABR81
Appeal Target : US$ 374,379 ($100,000 Donated To Date)
- Total Project Value: US$ 1,633,379
Geneva, 15 May 1998

Dear Colleagues,

08 Apr 1998 description

By Julio Villaverde

BRASILIA, April 7 (Reuters) - Brazil on Tuesday announced plans to prevent and fight fires in the Amazon amid concern that a recent environmental disaster in the northern state of Roraima might recur in this year's dry season.

"There has been a dramatic shortage of rain (in the current wet season), and we have a particularly dangerous situation," Environment Minister Gustavo Krause told a news conference.

He said a huge arc of the Amazon, running thousands of miles from Rondonia state, on the border with Bolivia, to Para state, on the Atlantic …

01 Apr 1998 description

By William Schomberg

BRASILIA, April 1 (Reuters) - Rain has put out virtually all the fires raging in the savannah and jungles of Brazil's northern Amazon, but one official warned on Wednesday there was still a risk of new outbreaks.

Satellite images showed that more than 95 percent of the worst Amazon fires on record had been extinguished by heavy rains on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (Embrapa) said.

"We're out of the crisis phase," said Evaristo de Miranda, an environmental researcher at Embrapa.

01 Apr 1998 description

A group of American scientists have likened the smog caused by Asian, Australian and South American bushfires to the smog that makes Los Angeles air, the dirtiest in America.

Nobel Laureate F.

31 Mar 1998 description

By William Schomberg

BRASILIA, March 31 (Reuters) - Rain fell on Tuesday in various areas of Brazil's northern Amazon ravaged by huge savanna and forest fires, just hours after two Indian shamans performed an ancient ritual to bring on the storm clouds.

"In general terms, the rain has been of great help and has reduced the number of fires," said army Col.

30 Mar 1998 description

By William Schomberg

BRASILIA, March 30 (Reuters) - Brazil and the United Nations held emergency talks on Monday about using international aid to fight huge fires in the northern Amazon, but officials delayed a decision on whether to request foreign aircraft.

Five U.N. disaster experts were due to travel on Tuesday to remote Roraima state, near Venezuela, where flames set by subsistence farmers have swept out of control over an area of savannah and forest the size of Lebanon.

A further three officials will remain in the capital, Brasilia.