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News in Brief 5 October 2021

  • One in three people impacted by water stress, says UN 

  • Children ‘indoctrinated’ to fight for insurgents in Mozambique 

  • Hurricane forecasts: Storm season naming conundrum 

Six months after the 2017 hurricane season which devastated many islands in the Caribbean  communities have been rebuilt (file February 2018).
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Caribbean hurricane season ‘will be different this time’

In September 2017 two category five hurricanes swept across the Caribbean, devastating island communities in the region.  In the 2nd part of this special report marking the one year anniversary of hurricanes Irma and Maria hitting the Caribbean, UN News looks at how the UN has responded, helping communities to get back on their feet, and preparing them for the inevitability of more damaging hurricanes in the future.


Political support to disaster risk reduction needs “higher level of attention”

Political support for preventing disasters needs a “higher level of attention” during 2017, according to the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in the Americas.

A change in government often means countries stop prioritizing prevention policies, Ricardo Mena warned.

The Americas region is highly susceptible to natural disasters. Earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic activity, flooding and drought have all taken their toll on human life in recent years.


Efforts underway to reduce 100m total affected by disasters

Efforts are underway by the UN to drastically reduce the number of people who are affected by natural and man-made disasters from the 100 million who suffered last year.

Those people include more than 50 million who faced drought.

Flooding, earthquakes and hurricanes brought devastating consequences to millions of others.

Experts are meeting in Paraguay this week to discuss how to reduce the risks of disasters in the Americas.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

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