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Floods, reef loss and migration: Asia's future on a hotter planet

A new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) outlines the dramatic changes Asia-Pacific nations would face if measures to curb climate change and adapt to its effects are too slow and unambitious to keep global warming within agreed limits. Of the top 20 cities with the largest projected increase in annual flood losses between 2005 and 2050, 13 are in Asia

July 14, 2017

Climate Change May Bring Disasters and Deeper Poverty to Asia

Asia and the Pacific, home to two thirds of the world’s poor, are at the highest risk of suffering deeper poverty and disaster due to unabated climate change, reversing current development gains, according to the Asian Development Bank. The Asian landmass will see a temperature increase of 6 degrees Celsius (10.8 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of the century under a business-as-usual scenario, ADB said, based on findings included in a report analysing climate risks in Asia and the Pacific. Some countries in the region could experience significantly hotter climates, with temperature increases in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northwest China projected to hit 8 degrees Celsius, ADB said

July 14, 2017

Bangkok struggles to protect slum dwellers as floods worsen

Squatter communities along canals are no strangers to floods - but they are happening more often, and the concerns of the urban poor are being overlooked, say experts. As Thailand`s rainy season gets underway, residents in and around Bangkok say they are experiencing more intense and frequent seasonal floods since 2011, when the capital was hit by its worst flooding in half a century. Experts do not expect floods of that magnitude again any time soon but say the city`s low-lying location, continued urbanisation and extreme weather linked to climate change are raising Bangkok`s vulnerability to floods

June 19, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Zimbabwe floods 'cause spike in malaria cases'

Health authorities in Zimbabwe are stepping up the distribution of anti-malarial drugs after 151 malaria deaths were recorded during the last two months. Overall, the health ministry said, there have been 89,261 cases of malaria recorded. The regional outbreak is due to the incessant rains in recent months

March 27, 2017
News 24, Koaci.com, Enca, Africa News

Zim issues new malaria alert

Zimbabwe is finding it difficult to contain disease outbreaks in the country with health officials reporting 89,000 new cases of malaria and 151 malaria related deaths in the past two months

March 18, 2017
Daily News

Non communicable diseases

Preocupación en Perú por posible propagación de enfermedades luego de las inundaciones

Worry spreads in Peru as many fear the likely spread of a range of waterborne diseases on the back of the recent torrential rains

March 22, 2017
CNN Chile

Communicable diseases

Le Nord-Est de Madagascar durement touché

OCHA said that the Enawo cyclone in Madagascar left 30,650 people at risk of food insecurity and 168,000 with no access to drinkable water. Now health authorities are raising concerns about possible disease outbreaks and the first malaria cases have been recorded

April 12, 2017

Latin America needs to climate proof infrastructure

The World Bank reported that Latin America has to climate change proof its infrastructure so it can manage melting glaciers, intense storms and other climate-related shocks. Better infrastructure can help reduce inequality and lift people out of poverty and promote development, the World Bank said in a new report

April 10, 2017
Reuters, NBC News

Madagascar still needs help from the effects of cyclone Enawo one month on

One month ago cyclone Enawo struck Madagascar leaving behind a trail of devastation. Now the government is appealing for international help as it has 81 dead and more than 200,000 badly affected by the extreme weather event. It needs expertise, medical support and help from donors and international aid groups to get itself back on its feet

April 7, 2017
April 8, 2017
Dom-Tom Actu

41 million people in Nigeria without access to clean water —Water Aid Nigeria

To mark World Water Day, Water Aid Nigeria called for urgent action from the international community and the government to reach the 41m rural people in Nigeria without access to clean water. The organization called on governments to prioritize and fund water, sanitation and hygiene to fulfil fundamental human rights and to build communities’ resilience to extreme weather events and climate change

March 28, 2017
Nigerian Tribune, Nigerian Sun

Peru reels from floods as it waits for end to brutal rainy season

The spectre of diseases thriving amid pools of stagnant water in flooded neighbourhoods is one of a raft of problems Peru faces as it waits for the end of an unusually brutal rainy season. More than 80 people have been killed and 110,000 people displaced in rain-related incidents since December, most of them this month after a sudden warming of Pacific waters off the coast unleashed torrential downpours in a damaging local El Nino phenomenon

March 23, 2017
March 24, 2017
La Prensa
March 27, 2017
Diario Correo, Peru Informa