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13 Mar 2018 description


“Prepararse para lo inesperado e imposible”

Algunos podrían preguntarse, dado el amplio y creciente número de crisis naturales y originadas por el ser humano –para las cuales estamos preparándonos y respondiendo–, por qué la Cruz Roja / Media Luna Roja está dedicando tiempo y recursos a la preparación para emergencias nucleares, eventos que históricamente son poco comunes.

13 Mar 2018 description

By Yuki Matsuoka

TOKYO, 13 March 2018 - A study of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami has emphasized the importance of economic recovery to the well-being of communities in the post-disaster phase.

Professor Itsuki Nakabayashi from Meiji University noted that, according to his study, both the availability of jobs and livelihoods, and the revitalization of commercial districts in the neighborhood, are integral to individual perceptions of recovery, and thus the resilience of local businesses plays a major role in post-disaster community well-being.

09 Mar 2018 description
report World Bank


  • Poised to become a mega-city by 2030, more pressure is being placed on Dar es Salaam’s essential services, infrastructure, and disaster management

  • The World Bank is working with Dar es Salaam to coordinate, develop, and modernize the city’s disaster response capacity

  • This collaboration has already resulted in a new Emergency Response Plan, and an increase in emergency communications coverage from 50% to 100% of the city

30 Jan 2018 description
  • UN Environment conducted an independent audit of the sites affected by the 2006 waste dumping from the Probo Koala in various parts of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

  • The audit finds that none of the sites where waste from the Probo Koala was dumped show contamination exceeding the limits set by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire for remediation. As a result, none of these sites requires additional intervention to clean up contamination from the 2006 dumping event.

19 Jan 2018 description

Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of emergencies in the region.

19 Jan 2018 description

Drought, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, volcanoes, and civil unrest, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.

27 Oct 2017 description

By David Singh

GENEVA, 27 October: The build up to World Tsunami Awareness Day on November 5 started in earnest today with a high-level gathering of tsunami-affected countries discussing how to reduce tsunami risk

“In Japan we say be prepared and have no regrets,” said Mr. M. Teru Fukui, Member of Japan’s House of Representatives during the panel discussion today on ‘Reducing the number of disaster affected people’ at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

16 Oct 2017 description

Con la participación de más 16 instituciones que conforman el Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención a Desastres, se trabaja en la actualización del plan de emergencia ante incidentes ocurridos por derrame de sustancias radiológicas y químicas.

07 Jul 2017 description

The Guide takes a practical approach in addressing man-made and technological hazards, and builds upon previous analyses and recommendations relating to such hazards in the context of DRR.

The Guide builds on the outcomes of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group on Indicators and Terminology for the Sendai Framework, and the work on hazard classification and terminology related to man-made hazards. It covers the following classes of hazards:

31 May 2017 description
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The Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre has produced first flagship science report "Science for disaster risk management 2017: knowing better and losing less".

This report is the result of the multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary networking process and represents the combined effort of more than two hundred, mostly European, experts. It will support the integration of science into informed decision making through synthesizing and translating evidence for disaster risk management and strengthening the science-policy and science-operation interface.

28 Apr 2017 description

El 27 de abril, se registró un atentado presuntamente efectuado por el ELN contra el Oleoducto Caño limón Coveñas, en el corregimiento de Guamalito (municipio El Carmen) que ocasionó un derrame de crudo en la quebrada Cimitarra, fuente de abastecimiento de agua para consumo de los habitantes del sector. El hecho ha generado una fuerte emergencia social y ambiental, afectando no solo a la población y fuentes hídricas sino también en cultivos, especies menores y peces.

27 Apr 2017 description
report United Nations

26 April 2017 – The United Nations today commemorated the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day recalling the devastating explosion of 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which spewed radioactive material to an area stretching 155,000 square kilometres across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

24 Mar 2017 description
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  • On 23 March, explosions at a military warehouse in Balakliia caused at least two civilian casualties (one fatality) and damage to civilian infrastructure and residential buildings within 10 km of the site. Detonations are expected to continue for up to a week.

  • The State Emergency Services and volunteers supported evacuation of more than 20,000 people who left the area to other villages in Kharkivska oblast. Some people already started to return.

23 Mar 2017 description

By Yuki Matsuoka

SENDAI, Japan, 23 March 2017 – Schoolchildren and businesses in Japan are working hard to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year blueprint adopted at a UN conference in their country in 2015.

22 Mar 2017 description

Indonesia is recruiting tribespeople to help fight outbreaks of haze which shroud Southeast Asia every year with a government deal designed to tap into traditional ways of containing forest fires.

By Beh Lih Yi

JAKARTA, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Indonesia is recruiting tribespeople to help fight outbreaks of haze which shroud Southeast Asia every year with a government deal designed to tap into traditional ways of containing forest fires.

15 Mar 2017 description

This map illustrates satellite-detected fires and smoke plumes at oil wells south of Mosul, and also east of Baiji, Iraq. The Mosul fires began with an initial fire at one or two wells on 8 May 2016, lasting less than one day, and intermittently burned in June. The current fire complex began on 3 July with daily fire detections occurring until about 12 July, when the fires greatly increased in number and continued to burn until gradual reductions in detected fires occurred starting in November 2016. The fires east of Baiji have been active since early January 2016.