natural disasters

SA Rescue Team Leaves Nepal

The specialised South African search and rescue team that scrambled to aid earthquake-struck Nepal, leaves the capital of Kathmandu.
 
The team, made up of paramedics, firefighters and urban search and rescue technicians has been in the country for a week.

US$50m for Areas Affected by Floods

The World Bank has assured of assisting Malawi with US$50 million to help in maintaining areas that were affected by the recent floods.

Minister of Finance, Goodall Gondwe, points out that, “The [World] Bank decided to help the country having considered the diverse impact of the flooding and the desperate need for a quick response."

Gondwe says that apart from assisting those affected with the calamity, the money will also be used in rebuilding damaged roads, bridges, schools and houses of people affected.

UNICEF Seeks Funds for 'New Generation of Crises'

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has launched its biggest ever appeal for US$3.1 billion to help 62 million children at risk from a ‘new generation of humanitarian crises’.

UNICEF's director of emergency programmes, Afshan Khan, "From deadly natural disasters to brutal conflicts and fast-spreading epidemics, children across the world are facing a new generation of humanitarian crises."

Malawi Hardest Hit by Floods

Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Malawi say the south of the country has been hit hardest by the recent floods that displaced hundreds of thousands of people.
 
MSF’s Amaury Gregoire, points out that, “We are very concerned because there are still pockets of people that have no access except by helicopter.”
 
Gregoire states that the relief is being organised around the camps and MSF is going to develop strategies to access the people that are in the communities that are more difficult to access.
 

Floods Compromise Service Delivery

Communities in Malawi risk losing their only health facility to floods, if nothing is done to protect it from flood water from the Nyankotola River.

Nsanje District Health Officer, Dr Medson Matchaya admitted that the problem has caused strain as during rainy seasons floods hit the health facility which affects the delivery of healthcare.

Global Temperatures Continue to Soar - UN

The United Nations says that 13 of the 14 warmest years on record have occurred since the turn of the new millennium.

In its annual report, the United Nations' World Meteorological Organisation says that 2013 continued what is a long-term trend of the world getting warmer.

Michel Jarraud, the organisation's secretary general, says in the report: "Many of the extreme events of 2013 were consistent with what we would expect as a result of human-induced climate change."

Funds Needed for African Weather Services

The World Bank is working with other development finance institutions to raise some US$500 million to modernise weather and flood forecasting services in Africa.

Daniel Kull, a disaster risk specialist with the World Bank, says the bank is talking to lenders, including the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank, about mobilising the funds to improve prediction, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Meanwhile, experts say more accurate and timely warnings of extreme weather would help protect lives and assets from disasters.

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