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Human activity is leading to more disasters – UN report

South Africa Ntuzuma floods

London, UKReuters Human activity is contributing to an increasing number of disasters, with 350 and 500 medium-sized or large disasters a year occurring globally in the past two decades and more frequent events expected, according to a UN report. The number of disasters – many of them weather-related such as fires and floods, but also […]

Poor nations may see higher coronavirus deaths, warns UN official

Coronavirus Kenya

Barcelona, SpainThomson Reuters Foundation Governments and health systems in wealthy nations are struggling to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, suggesting the poorest countries may be hit far harder if the virus gains a foothold there, a top UN official warned. Mami Mizutori, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, said even in developed […]

At disaster forum, storm-hit Mozambique says will seek help to build back better

Geneva, SwitzerlandThomson Reuters Foundation Mozambique, which was battered by two cyclones in March and April, will hold an international conference in two weeks’ time to drum up funding to help it build back stronger, its vice-minister for state administration said Friday. “What we have learned from these cyclones [is] we need to build new infrastructure […]