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News in Brief 26 January 2021

  • Mozambique: UN responds as thousands are hit by Cyclone Eloise 
  • Refugee resettlement suffers ‘extreme anomaly’ from pandemic fallout in 2020 
  • UN health agency panel issues key guidance on second COVID vaccine timing 
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‘Don’t let your kindness go to waste’, urges WFP

Donating goods overseas after disasters can be unhelpful and even harmful, and with the Pacific Cyclone season now in full swing, the World Food Programme (WFP) has begun a campaign urging people to donate more responsibly.  

Julia Dean from the UN Country Team in Australia spoke to Jo Pilgrim, Director of WFP’s Pacific Multi-Country office in Fiji, and started by asking her what the most donated items were.  

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Mozambique cyclones a ‘wake-up call’ to boost resistance: UN weather agency

The havoc caused by cyclones Idai and Kenneth across Mozambique is “a wake-up call” for vulnerable countries “to build resistance" against further high-impact tropical storms, coastal flooding and intense rainfall linked to climate change, according to the United Nations weather agency chief. 

New Mozambique storm rips off roofs, brings lashing rain as aid response kicks in

Tropical Cyclone Kenneth swept into northern Mozambique on Thursday evening bringing heavy rain and winds in excess of 225 kilometres per hour (140 miles per hour) after lashing the Comoros islands, where it claimed at least three lives, UN agencies said on Friday.

Aid preparations gear up as Mozambique braces for second massive storm

Emergency measures are being stepped up by the UN and partners in northern Mozambique, amid fears that another devastating tropical storm could batter coastal areas on Thursday evening, weeks after Cyclone Idai claimed hundreds of lives and flooded vast swathes of the south of the country.

UNICEF tent classrooms a safe space for children affected by cyclone in Tonga

Thousands of children in Tonga are back at school one month after Cyclone Gita slammed into the Pacific Island nation, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has reported.

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“Fabric” of Sri Lanka torn apart by deadly storm: UNICEF

Much of Sri Lanka’s infrastructure has been torn apart by the deadly Cyclone Mora which brought floods and mudslides in its wake at the end of May.

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In boost to relief effort, UN-chartered jet brings life-saving supplies to Fiji

A large plane carrying life-saving supplies arrived in Fiji on Monday, in a big boost to the United Nations emergency response to Cyclone Winston, one of the strongest storms in history.

Fiji receives relief supplies in wake of Cyclone Winston as UN backs up Government response

The United Nations has begun its work of providing international assistance to the Pacific islands of Fiji, hit by a powerful tropical cyclone that left at least 28 people dead and some 14,000 people sheltering in evacuation centres.

Philippines: Cyclone-prone areas to get evacuation centres

State-of-the art evacuation centres in the Philippines are being set up by the UN to provide shelter for communities in cyclone-prone areas of the country.

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