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Friday, October 14, 2016

October 14, 2016

What happened this week?

United States. Hurricane Matthew: US death toll from Matthew climbs to 27.
Seventeen people have died in North Carolina as a result of the storm. At least 27 US deaths have been blamed on Matthew... Read more

Cuba. 13 aqueducts have been destroyed in the municipality of Maisi. Furthermore, regarding houses, in Baracoa, 9, 210 were affected and 50 were completely destroyed; in Maisi 94% of the houses were affected; in Imias, 45% of houses were affected, in San Antonia del Sur, 33 were affected and 63 are completely destroyed; and in Moa, approximately 2,300 were affected and 163 are completely destroyed... Read more

Interesting Facts

Floods severely affect children and young people: it's time to stop ignoring their experience. Research with flood-affected children reveals serious impacts on well-being but also a desire to take on a role in flood risk management... Read more

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Involving affected communities is key to reducing disaster mortality. The risk of dying in a hurricane or flood is lower today than it was 20 years ago, in most parts of the world. In Haiti, however, the toll of Hurricane Matthew has already passed 1,000, according to media reports.The issue of how to reach countries and communities left behind and struggling to reduce their disaster mortality rates was the focus of a meeting at United Nations Headquarters, held ahead of International Day for Disaster Reduction... Read more

Prepared Peru reduces El Niño mortality. The El Niño weather phenomenon was first named by fishermen in Peru where records going back 500 years have detailed its destructive impact especially along the northern coast where it often hits hardest. When the most recent El Niño was first forecast it stirred fearful memories of the 9,300 people who lost their lives in the so-called Meganiños of 1982-83 and 1997-98 along with GDP losses of 11.6% and 6.2% respectively.Based on past experience, the Government was determined on this occasion to reduce disaster mortality significantly in line with the first target of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction... Read more

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