Millions of lives have been shattered this year by drought, storms, earthquakes, landslides and heatwaves. Last weekend, I witnessed first-hand the dramatic levels of devastation caused by severe hurricanes in the Caribbean.
An average of 24 million people are pushed into poverty every year by disasters. Many millions are forced to leave their homes. If vulnerable countries are in a constant struggle to rebuild and recover after catastrophic events, we will never achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
This policy brief, from the CDKN Raising Risk Awareness initiative, identifies how climate change attribution science can help to mitigate future extreme heat events and address the needs of those most affected.
The recent monsoon floods hitting South Asia have been among the most severe in years, leaving some 1,400 people dead, millions displaced and worsening the plight of hundreds of thousands fleeing violence in Myanmar to seek safety in Bangladesh. But what role does climate change play in these developments and how is the Red Cross Red Crescent helping people to adapt? Media IFRC spoke to Donna Lagdameo, Technical Adviser for Asia Pacific with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Center:
KARACHI: Health Department of Sindh has finalized all the arrangements regarding the recent heat wave in the city and established special units in 13 hospitals to provide better treatment to the victims of heatstroke.
The health experts advised the elderly people, children and those who are suffering from other disease should avoid travelling the in the sun because of the heat.
They added that those who were affected by a heatstroke needs to take a cold bath immediately and prevent themselves from more sun exposure.
UN report says natural disasters to become more destructive in Asia-Pacific without action on disaster resilience
Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense and disaster risk is outpacing resilience in Asia-Pacific, the most disaster-prone region in the world, according to the latest report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
Debido a la probable presencia de ALTAS TEMPERATURAS POR ENCIMA DE SU PROMEDIO CON PROBABILIDAD DE ALCANZAR 35° A 40°C, indicado en el Aviso de ALERTA NARANJA Nº40 emitida por el SENAMHI, con posible incidencia en las regiones vulnerables del departamento de Santa Cruz, Beni, Pando y el Chaco existe el riesgo de afectación a la actividad agrícola y agroforestal por el incremento de la evapotranspiración real ocasionando un estrés hídrico.
As hurricanes and floods grab headlines, heatwaves associated with climate change are claiming lives around the world
By Laurie Goering
LONDON, Sept 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Hurricane Harvey blasted ashore in August, drowning south Texas in a year's worth of rain in just a few days, it left behind an estimated $150 billion in damage to sodden homes and inundated factories, and claimed about 60 lives.
Temperaturas superiores a 40 grados Celsius, se estiman en Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León y Tamaulipas
Hoy se prevén tormentas torrenciales en Michoacán y Guerrero, tormentas puntuales intensas en Oaxaca y tormentas muy fuertes en Jalisco, Colima y Chiapas, informó el Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN), dependiente de la Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua), así como la Coordinación Nacional de Protección Civil de la Secretaría de Gobernación (Segob).
El Senamhi dice que las temperaturas alcanzarán 35 a 39 grados centígrados entre el domingo y martes.
El Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología (Senamhi) declaró el viernes alerta naranja en los departamentos de Santa Cruz, Beni y Pando, por altas temperaturas que se registrarán entre el domingo y martes.
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Transformation: Initiatives Towards Resilience
Can cutting edge innovations that integrate disaster risk reduction with climate change adaptation transform our views on risk from the standpoint of individuals, institutions and investments that shape resilience?
This issue of Southasiadisasters.net offers an unusual range of such examples from India, prevalent not only in this country but all across South Asia. AIDMI's two decades of work in South Asia has shown that "Uncertainty" is an opportunity for transformation.
New research shows that in Bangladesh, heat wave predictability exists from a few days to several weeks in advance, which could save thousands of lives.
In the United States, extreme heat events have killed more people in the last 30 years than has any other weather-related phenomenon. In Europe, at least 136,835 people died due to heat-related health complications between 2000-2016, which represents more than 87 % of all disaster-related deaths in that area.
Budapest / Geneva, 4 August 2017 — Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers are on the ground in towns, cities and beaches as record temperatures sweep much of southern and central Europe.
According to weather reports, south and central Europe are experiencing the highest August temperatures in more than a decade. The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre in the Netherlands says this is indicative of a trend that has seen hotter summers become more common.
- A persistent heatwave and heavy downpours are affecting Chitral and Gilgit Baltistan. Overflows, and consequent flash floods and landslides, are expected.
- Monsoon flooding nationwide has already caused 98 deaths, out of which 35 children, 112 injuries and 286 damaged houses. The worst hit province in terms of casualties is Punjab, with 30 deaths and 70 injuries. The worst hit provinces in terms of infrastructure are Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir.
- Provincial disaster management authorities have responded with food and non-food items.
Researchers said it is likely that millions of people in South Asia will be forced to move
By Chris Arsenault
TORONTO, Aug 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change could make much of South Asia - home to a fifth of the world's population - too hot for human survival by the end of this century, scientists warned on Wednesday.
BEIJING, June 22 (Xinhua) -- China's meteorological authority renewed an orange alert Saturday evening as a heat wave is expected to sweep across many areas of the country.
On Sunday, much of central and southern China will be in the grip of the heat wave with temperatures in parts of Shanghai as well as Henan, Shandong and Fujian provinces hitting 37-39 degrees Celsius, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC).
Some areas are even likely to see temperatures surpass 40 degrees Celsius, it added.
NEW DELHI — In summer, life becomes intolerable for rickshaw puller Mohammad Khan.
“I keep running into the shade to save myself from the sun,” he said as he waited for midafternoon customers in a busy New Delhi market.
Like millions of others, Khan is experiencing on the ground what a recent study has highlighted: Heat waves in India have become deadlier and further global warming could take a “relatively drastic” human toll in the coming years.
La Coordinación Nacional de Protección Civil dio a conocer el aviso de término de la Declaratoria de Emergencia que se emitió el pasado 03 de julio de 2017, por la presencia de ondas cálidas del 19 al 23 de junio de 2017 en municipios de Chihuahua.