Category: Natural Disasters

UN chief urges world to implement Paris climate accord ‘with greater ambition’

A wind farm near Kavarna, Bulgaria. Photo: Ivelina Taushanova/World Bank.

Pointing to scientific evidence warning of increased extreme weather events, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, ahead of a trip to the storm-ravaged Caribbean, urged all countries to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change “with greater ambition.” “We know that the world has the tools, the technologies and the wealth to address climate change, but we must show more determination […]

‘To deny climate change is to deny a truth we have just lived’ says Prime Minister of storm-hit Dominica

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of the Commonwealth of Dominica addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-second session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

  Pleading with all countries in the United Nations General Assembly – large and small, rich and poor – to come together to save our planet, the Prime Minister of Dominica, where the landscape, ravaged by back-to-back hurricanes “resembles a warzone,” said his and other islands in the Caribbean need help now to build their […]

Continued risk of catastrophic damage as Irma traverses path of destruction, warns UN

On 7 September 2017 in Boba, Nagua, a boy, 7, stands in front of debris as Hurricane Irma moves off from the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.

More than 10.5 million children live in the countries that are likely to be exposed to the damage from Hurricane Irma, UNICEF warned today. Based on the storm's current trajectory, children in the islands of the Eastern Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba are at risk, including over 3 million under 5 years old. UNICEF is concerned that hundreds of thousands of children could suffer the worst effects of the storm, with those living in coastal zones at highest risk. 

“Strong winds and torrential rains have already barreled through some of the smallest and most exposed islands in the eastern Caribbean, including Anguila and Barbuda," said Patrick Knight, Head of Communication for UNICEF in the Eastern Caribbean, speaking from Barbados. "As the extent of the damage becomes clear we are seeing severe levels of destruction. Our priority is to reach all those children and families in the affected communities as soon as possible.” 

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, travelled across various islands of the Eastern Caribbean on Wednesday, leaving a trail of destruction in its path, especially in Anguila, the British Virgin Islands, Barbuda and Turks and Caicos Islands. 

Early estimates suggest that 74,000 people, including 20,000 children, have been affected in these islands. 

According to local authorities, communication networks in many of the affected areas have been affected either totally or partially. Infrastructure, including roads, bridges, hospitals and schools have also suffered varying degrees of damage. In Barbuda, 90 per cent of the infrastructure has been destroyed, and it is anticipated that this will include up to 132 schools. 

UNICEF's immediate concern is providing drinking water and sanitation to affected communities, as well providing child protection services for both children and ado

Hurricane Irma continues to wreak havoc in the Caribbean, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake, the United Nations humanitarian wing said today, warning that areas along its path continue to remain at risk of significant damage. “There is continued risk of catastrophic damage from hurricane-force winds, storm surge and flooding in areas on Irma’s trajectory,” […]

UN supporting national relief efforts as Hurricane Irma threatens nearly 50 million people

Satellite imagery of Hurricane Irma in the Atlantic Ocean. Source: NOAA

United Nations agencies are supporting relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which has already wreaked havoc on Antigua and Barbuda and other Caribbean islands and is en route towards the United States. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Irma, a Category 5 storm, made landfall on northeast Caribbean islands […]

16 million children affected by massive flooding in South Asia – UNICEF

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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today that an estimated 16 million children are in urgent need of life-saving support in the wake of torrential monsoon rains and catastrophic flooding in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. “Millions of children have seen their lives swept away by these devastating floods,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF Regional Director […]