USAID/OFDA Natural and Technological Risks: Hydrometeorological Hazards Update October 2013
HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL HAZARDS SUBSECTOR OVERVIEW
Climate, weather, and water-induced disasters, such as floods, droughts, cyclones, and tsunamis, account for the largest number of natural disasters worldwide and affect more people than any other type of natural hazard. Extreme weather and climate events often have severe socioeconomic consequences, including loss of life, property, and livelihoods; scarcity of food, water, and energy; and adverse impacts on health and the environment. USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) supports hydrometeorological Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities aim to reduce populations’ vulnerability to climate and weather hazards through an integrated and multi-sectoral approach that addresses community needs while emphasizing locally sustainable and environmentally sensitive measures. USAID/OFDA works closely with vulnerable communities, as well as national and local governments, international and regional organizations, universities, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to increase resilience to climate- and weather-induced disasters.