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GENEVA, 3 March, 2017 - The Americas region meets next week to discuss the best way forward to reduce disaster losses as a new Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) demonstrates the full impact of the devastation wrought on Haiti by Hurricane Matthew in October last year. It also confirms Haiti’s position as the most disaster-prone country in the Ameri…
MEXICO, 14 March, 2017 - Shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck the southern USA, 200 Mexican troops crossed the US border outside Laredo, Texas, and made their way towards San Antonio. It was the first time a Mexican army contingent had entered Texas since the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. In 2005, the Mexican soldiers were on a relief mission to feed t…
Investing more in technology is essential to better forecast the impact of environmental, technological and biological hazards and help prevent disasters, said regional experts. More funding needs to be poured into technology projects which have a focus on areas such as climate change in order to help communities prepare for major events and reduce dis…
After Hurricanes Iota and Eta ripped through Central America in 2020, many were forced to flee with little more than the wet clothes on their backs, leaving their houses destroyed and even bodies of family members buried in thick mud. Instead of returning to rebuild both their homes and their lives in the wake of the storms that wreaked billions of dol…
GENEVA, 3 September 2019 – The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, today expressed her condolences to the Government and people of The Bahamas following the reported loss of life as a result of Hurricane Dorian, an unprecedented storm which continues to batter the Bahamas and threaten the US mainland.…
Alameda County in the San Francisco Bay Area contains valuable transportation and community assets for the region, including major connecting bridges, freeways, a port and airport, homes and businesses. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Bay Conservation and Development Commission and the California Department of Transpo…
CARTAGENA, 20 June, 2018 - Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos urged the Americas to work closely together to manage the risks the region’s countries face from disasters such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes, and to build resilience in local communities most exposed to them. Opening the three-day Vl Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reductio…
CARTAGENA, 21 June, 2018 – Hurricane Mitch, which in 1998 cut a swathe of destruction across Central America, marked a “before and after” for the region’s approach to disaster risk reduction, an international conference heard. The Category 5 storm, the highest on the international rating, caused over 11,000 deaths, more than 7,000 of them in Honduras.…
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene that hit the east coast of the United States just over a week ago, it is a reminder that disasters caused by extreme weather events are becoming common place even for countries and cities that are considered to be at the pinnacle of development. Local governments and authorities have always been at the front lines of…