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September 2010

PHILIPPINES: Disaster mitigation begins at home

30 September 2010

MANILA, 29 September 2010 (IRIN) - One year after typhoon Ketsana killed more than 1,000 people and affected up to 10 million , Filipinos are taking it upon themselves to protect their communities against similar disasters.

“What do we do to make ourselves ready in case a typhoon like that comes again? We cannot just wait for help to come to us,” said Teresita Deles, a member of the Marikina People Power Volunteers, one of several community-based groups that has mobilized a preparedness response since Ketsana.

In Marikina City, within Metro Manila and one of the worst-hit areas, the group

CLIMATE CHANGE: Adaptation Fund starts delivering

28 September 2010

Johannesburg, 24 September 2010 (IRIN) - In what is being hailed as a breakthrough for a “collective effort” by developed and developing countries, the Adaptation Fund set up by the UN to help poor countries cope with the unfolding impact of climate change has finally become operational.

Last week, the Fund’s board approved two adaptation projects, one in Senegal - threatened by sea-level rise, less rainfall and high temperatures - and the other in Honduras, which faces increasing water shortages.

The two projects worth a total of about US$14 million are not only the first to be approved by

Munich Re sees strong indication of climate change

28 September 2010

Floods in central Europe, wildfires in Russia, widespread flooding in Pakistan. The number and scale of weather-related natural catastrophe losses in the first nine months of 2010 was exceptionally high. Two months ahead of the World Climate Summit scheduled for 29 November to 10 December in Cancún, Mexico, Munich Re emphasises the probability of a link between the increasing number of weather extremes and climate change. In the run-up to the summit, Munich Re will focus attention on this issue with a series of communications on natural catastrophes, climate change and potential solutions.

Haiti Earthquake Reconstruction: Knowledge Notes from DRM Global Expert Team for the Government of Haiti

27 September 2010

The devastating Haiti Earthquake of January 2010 created major challenges on a variety of fronts.

To support the Government of Haiti’s decision-making on the recovery and reconstruction operations, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) decided to make available expert advice and global best practices to the Government by mobilizing the World Bank Global Expert Team (GET) (and also procuring external expertise where in-house expertise was not available) to prepare Knowledge/Good Practice Notes on ten identified, ‘burning’ post-disaster recovery and reconstruction

A Hanoï, les gratte-ciel dévorent les rizières

27 September 2010
La cité qui résista aux bombardiers américains pendant la guerre du Vietnam s’ouvre aux promoteurs immobiliers et à leurs projets pharaoniques
Par Xavier Monthéard

Dans le bureau bleu ciel se côtoient plans futuristes, photographies de réalisations, écran vidéo high-tech. L’architecte Hoàng Huu Phê fait montre d’une grande ardeur pour persuader que l’avenir de Hanoï réside dans le développement urbain tous azimuts. « Certains, au gouvernement, perçoivent toujours la ville comme une entité administrative. Heureusement, cette vision passéiste décline.

Storm kills five, adds to homeless misery in Haiti

26 September 2010
* Storm damages or destroys 5,878 tents, official says
* At least 50 people injured
* More than 1 million still living in quake camps

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Sept 25 (Reuters) - A storm with high winds killed five people, including two children, as it tore through thousands of tents housing people left homeless by Haiti’s massive Jan. 12 earthquake, a senior official said on Saturday.

The tornado-like storm on Friday afternoon toppled or shredded 5,878 of the tents and tarpaulins in homeless camps and makeshift shelters across the chaotic capital Port-au-Prince, Haitian Civil Protection Director Alta

Disasters: Reducing the risk in slums

22 September 2010
NAIROBI, 21 September 2010 (IRIN) - The disproportionately high risk of disaster faced by a billion slum-dwellers across the world could be significantly reduced with prudent investment, states a new report.

“We cannot stop urbanization but we shouldn’t be naïve; a trend does not mean destiny, disasters can be prevented,” Matthias Schmale, the Under-Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said in Nairobi at the global launch of the 2010 edition of the World Disasters Report.

Schmale said solutions for disaster risk reduction and

Philippines strengthen disaster preparedness through SMS technology

21 September 2010

Southern Leyte - To be better prepared for future disasters, some leading corporations of the country took time and poured in logistics in Southern Leyte to strengthen disaster preparedness and response particularly in its communication needs.

The World Bank, Smart Communications and the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) in coordination with the Southern Leyte provincial government launched a P10 Million project, Strengthening Disaster Preparedness of Southern Leyte thru SMS Technology an SMS innovation for disaster preparedness.

The project’s innovation has made it to the

Analysis: Climate change may add to disaster death tolls

14 September 2010
(Reuters) - Natural disasters are tending to kill fewer people but climate change may add to the toll by unleashing more extreme weather and causing after-effects such as disease and malnutrition, experts say.

Better warnings of cyclones or heat waves and an easing of poverty in developing nations in the past few decades have made many nations better prepared for weather extremes, helping to curb death tolls.

“In terms of actually saving lives we are doing well,” said Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, a senior expert at the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO).

“But that’s no guarantee

Catastrophes naturelles en série : la faute au réchauffement climatique ?

9 September 2010
Les événements climatiques extrêmes comme la canicule russe, une mousson indienne dévastatrice au Pakistan et en Inde et des gigantesques inondations à travers la Chine, démontrant une nouvelle fois, et de manière dramatique, la vulnérabilité des sociétés humaines devant les colères de la nature. Comme à chaque fois, nombreux sont ceux qui relient ces événements au réchauffement planétaire

Les signes de la poursuite du réchauffement engagé depuis un demi-siècle sont nombreux.