An international initiative to improve early warning systems against extreme weather and support climate change adaptation is gaining momentum to protect more people in more places. Financing has been extended to cover the Caribbean and West African regions.
In the South Asia region, flash floods account for a significant portion of the casualties and property damages that result from flooding. Given that flash floods can occur at any time or place, with potentially disastrous results, there is an urgent need to prioritize efforts that aim to improve early warnings capabilities.
GENÈVE, le 31 mai 2018 – Face à l'aggravation de la situation sanitaire causée par les phénomènes météorologiques extrêmes, le changement climatique et la pollution atmosphérique, l'Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM) et l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) sont convenues de donner un nouvel élan aux mesures prises conjointement pour prévenir ces types de risques qui causent chaque année, d'après les estimations, la mort prématurée de 12,6 millions de personnes.
Press Release Number: 31052018
GENEVA, 31 May 2018 - In the face of growing health impacts from extreme weather, climate change and air pollution, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and World Health Organization (WHO) have agreed to step up joint action to tackle environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million premature deaths every year.
Mekunu developed in the Arabian Sea and impacted Oman and Yemen as an extremely severe cyclonic storm. It followed less than a week after cyclone Sagar, which caused flash floods and casualties in Yemen, Somalia and Djibouti. Regular warnings from meteorological services and mobilization by disaster management authorities helped keep loss of life and property to a minimum.