natural disasters

How the DR Congo volcano emergency gave new insight to humanitarian management

Aid workers are usually sufficiently prepared to overcome whatever challenges they face, but what about a volcanic eruption?

That’s what happened to the UN refugee agency’s (UNHCR) team in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, when lava started pouring from Mount Nyiragongo on 22 May. To talk about the experience from Goma, here’s Jackie Keegan, head of the agency’s office in the city, speaking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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Up to 400,000 could be displaced by new Goma eruption in DR Congo, warns UNICEF

With fears that one of the world’s most active volcanoes could erupt again in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is warning that up to 400,000 – nearly 280,000 children – could be displaced and in need of protection or support, if the current exodus continues.

News in Brief 18 March 2021

  • Warmer weather is not a reason to relax COVID-19 control measures, UN agency urges
  • Natural disasters occurring three times more often than 50 years ago: FAO report 
  • No winners but fewer losers in global economy from COVID than expected  
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A recap of Thursday’s top stories: International Day honours victims of religious-based violence, UN experts on Kashmir, environmental disasters in Asia-Pacific, animal protections, and UN chief on Burkina Faso

Thursday’s Daily Brief: New international day honouring victims of religious-based violence; Kashmir shutdown must be reversed; Relentless sequence of disasters in Asia-Pacific; Giraffes fare well for protection, elephants not so much; UN chief condemns Burkina Faso violence

Relentless sequence of disasters in Asia-Pacific ‘sign of things to come’, cautions UN regional body

Changing patterns and worsening impacts of natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific, coupled with environmental degradation and climate change, are not only making efforts to predict such catastrophes more difficult, but are also a “sign of things to come”, the United Nations development arm in the region has warned.

News in Brief 10 May 2019

  • Record number of people displaced by conflict and natural disaster
  • Myanmar military alleged to have opened fire on men and boys held in school 
  • Nearly 900 children released by north-east Nigeria armed group
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‘Rare but devastating’ tsunamis underscore need for better preparation, UN chief urges on World Day

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for greater preparedness to offset the disastrous impact of tsunamis, which are causing increasing human, economic and development losses, illustrated most recently by the destruction across the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

‘Once in a lifetime opportunity’ for Asia-Pacific to build resilience against disasters

It has been 10 years since more than 200,000 people lost their lives in two major deadly natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region.

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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.

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UN and Africa Special: Sub-Saharan Africa

In this week’s special programme during the holiday season: the International Monetary Fund or IMF, looks at what a drought, earthquake or pandemic can do to economies in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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