Category: Natural Disasters

Philippines volcano: UN aid operation in place as thousands told to flee

Philippine Red Cross Students volunteer at a Red Cross logistics centre to pack relief goods for victims of the Taal volcano in the Philippines. The UN is concerned over warnings issued by Philippines’ authorities that volcanic eruptions on the country’s most populous island could last “days, months or even years”.  “The Government has officially requested the UN’s support in procuring face masks” to […]

UN ‘prioritizing needs’, ramping up aid, as Hurricane Dorian continues to batter the Bahamas

Renewed warnings of deadly destruction in the Bahamas caused by Hurricane Dorian have been issued by UN agencies and partners, who said on Tuesday that they’re worried “for every single” person on two of the worst-hit Caribbean islands. Briefing journalists in Geneva, Jens Laerke from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) […]

UN standing with Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique as Southern Africa death toll from deadly cyclone mounts

The UN chief has expressed his sadness at the loss of life and displacement across Zimbabwe, as a result of the deadly Tropical Cyclone Idai, which has pounded Southern Africa in recent days, leaving at least 150 dead in Malawi alone, according to latest news reports. “The Secretary-General is saddened by the loss of life, destruction of property and […]

Heatwaves, hurricanes, floods: 2017 costliest year ever for extreme weather and climate events, says UN

  Hurricanes, monsoon floods and continuing severe drought made 2017 the costliest year ever for severe weather and climate events, according to a new report by the United Nations weather agency launched on the eve of World Meteorological Day. “The start of 2018 has continued where 2017 left off – with extreme weather claiming lives and […]

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

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 […]