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El Nino looms large in 2017 with drought and strong typhoons forecast for Vietnam


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By VnExpress   March 24, 2017 The rainy season is likely to return later than usual this year, and summer will be hotter, a senior meteorologist said. Last year, El Nino-induced droughts, the worst in 30 years, hit Vietnam’s coffee crop, while water levels in the Mekong Delta food […]

The unnamed phenomenon behind Peru’s extraordinary flooding


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By Angela Fritz March 20 A crowd yells encouragement as a woman trapped by a mudslide near Lima, Peru drags herself out of the flow and attempts to make her way back to dry land. (Reuters) The worst flooding in 20 years is scouring the arid landscape of coastal […]

Indian Ocean version of El Niño behind drought in East Africa


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UPFRONT  March 15, 2017 AN INDIAN Ocean phenomenon is partly to blame for the severe drought in East Africa, affecting maize and sorghum harvests and sending food prices soaring. A famine has been declared in South Sudan, while Kenya and Somalia have announced national emergencies. According to the […]

Global Water Partnership


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Global Competition for #YouthLed Projects: Flood & Drought Special 2/28/2017 The significance of engaging young people in the design and implementation of policies, plans and standards in Disaster Risk Reduction has been recognized by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The Youth Forum at the Budapest […]

Australia’s deadly relationship with heat


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By Phil Mercer BBC, Sydney January 31, 2017 As a homesick teenager in Britain in the early 1900s, the writer Dorothea Mackellar yearned for the “pitiless blue sky” of Australia. “I love a sunburnt country,” she declared in her timeless poem My Country, and more than a century […]

El Niño Ready Nations (ENRNs) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Report Executive Summary 2017


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A government that takes El Niño occurrences as serious quasi-periodic threats and seeks to enact policies to protect its citizens and their livelihoods and properties, public and private, can be considered an El Niño-ready nation. El Niño is a recurring phenomenon in the tropical Pacific Ocean, appearing on average […]