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Humanitarian Bulletin Latin America and Caribbean Volume 23 | September – October 2015

Situation Report
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  • 13.2 million people were affected by disasters between January and October 2015.

  • El Niño will exacerbate drought in Central America and will bring above average rainfall in South America. It is expected to peak in November-December.

  • A joint IOM and WFP study affirms a correlation between food insecurity, violence and migration in countries of the Northern Triangle in Central America.

  • The first World Humanitarian Summit will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 23 to 24 May 2016 with the aim of finding new ways to address humanitarian needs in a changing world.

13.2 million people affected by emergencies from January to October 2015

13.2 million people have been affected by disasters from January to October 2015 in Latin America and the Caribbean. Drought is the disaster that affected the most people, followed by excessive rains, floods and epidemics like dengue, chikungunya and cholera.
Hurricanes, violence, environmental emergencies and cold waves are some of the other disasters that affected people in 2015.
This figure exceeds the number of people affected in 2014 (11.4 million), which is a reminder that preparedness efforts must remain a priority to reduce impacts and humanitarian needs.

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