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Forecast points to La Niña weather change

Global weather patterns could be about to change if the La Niña phenomenon re-emerges, UN experts said Thursday.

La Niña, which is caused by cooler waters in the Pacific Ocean, could bring much-needed rainfall to areas left parched by the last El Niño episode, which ended in May.

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UN deputy aid chief calls for strengthened response to upcoming La Niña weather event

Following a week-long visit to southern Africa, the United Nations deputy humanitarian chief has called for increased efforts to help mitigate the impact of the La Niña weather phenomenon occurring towards the end of the year.

Over 6.5 million people in Malawi in need of emergency food aid

The largest ever emergency food relief operation in Malawi’s history has kicked off on Wednesday, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

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With hottest April on record, streak of above-average global temperatures continues – UN

Global temperature records were broken yet again in April for the 12th consecutive month, the longest such streak since global record-taking began in 1880, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported today.

Ban appoints Special Envoys to help UN 'sound the alarm' on El Niño and Climate

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointments today of Mary Robinson of Ireland and Macharia Kamau of Kenya as his Special Envoys on El Niño and Climate.

‘El Niño is not a one-off event,’ UN says, calling for action to address phenomenon’s impacts

The international community must boost efforts to build the capacity for disaster risk management and readiness to prevent El Niño weather extremes from causing humanitarian crises in affected countries and impeding their development, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said today.

‘Worst case scenarios’ could become reality without more funding for El Niño response – UN relief chief

With 60 million people across the world affected by droughts, floods and other extreme weather events triggered by El Niño, the top United Nations relief official today called on the international community to act now to address urgent humanitarian needs and support building communities’ resilience to future shocks.

60 million people worldwide affected by El Niño phenomenon

Floods, drought and other extreme weather events triggered by the current El Niño phenomenon are affecting an estimated 60 million people worldwide, the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) reports.

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Fiji: UN warns of flooding as cyclone-battered country braces for another storm

Less than two months after Tropical Cyclone Winston cut a path of destruction across Fiji, the country is bracing for the impact of another storm, the United Nations relief aid office said today.

Fiji: UNICEF on stand-by with supplies and personnel in wake of Cyclone Winston

In the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston that struck the island nation of Fiji Saturday night, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said it is on stand-by to provide emergency supplies and additional personnel to support the Government as it works to determine critical needs.