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Publish Date: 21 April 2022
The South African government has declared a national state of emergency to deal with the impact of heavy rainfall and flooding in the province of KwaZulu-Natal last week. On 11 and 12 April, between 200 and 400 mm of rain fell in a 24 hour period. The disaster underlines once again the increasing hazards posed by intense rainfall in a changing climate and the need for impact-based early warnings which reach everyone.
Publish Date: 12 April 2022
Climate change made extreme rainfall heavier and more damaging during five back-to-back storms in January and February in Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique, according to rapid attribution analysis by an international team of leading climate scientists. More than a million people were affected, with 230 reported deaths.
Publish Date: 28 March 2022
The newly published WMO Bulletin complements the theme of World Meteorological Day “Early Warning and Early Action Hydrometeorological and Climate Information for Disaster Risk Reduction” and informs discussion ahead of this May’s Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Bali, Indonesia.
Publish Date: 23 March 2022
Within the next five years, everyone on Earth should be protected by early warning systems against increasingly extreme weather and climate change, according to an ambitious new United Nations target announced today.
Publish Date: 24 March 2022
The drive for universal coverage and protection by Early Warning services - one of the most effective forms of climate adaptation both in terms of saving lives and economic benefits...
Publish Date: 22 March 2022
Weather, climate and water extremes are becoming more frequent and intense as a result of climate change. Yet one in three people are still not adequately covered by early warning systems. And, all too often, the warnings do not reach those who need them most. World Meteorological Day on 23 March 2022 therefore has the theme Early Warning and Early Action, and spotlights the vital importance of hydrometeorological and climate information for disaster risk reduction.
Publish Date: 16 March 2022
Every year, there are on average 84 named tropical cyclones. Over the past 50 years, they have caused on average 43 deaths and US$ 78 million losses every day and have also been responsible for one third of both deaths and economic losses from weather-, climate- and water-related disasters, according to WMO statistics from 1970-2019.
Publish Date: 28 February 2022
Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature and affecting the lives of billions of people around the world, despite efforts to reduce the risks. People and ecosystems least able to cope are being hardest hit, said scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released today.
Publish Date: 4 February 2022
Tropical cyclone Batsirai made landfall in Madagascar on 5 February, bringing devastating winds, rainfall and flooding to the Indian Ocean nation which is still struggling with the aftermath of a previous tropical storm, Ana. Initial reports indicated that at least ten people were killed. Accurate and timely early warnings and a coordinated response helped limit the number of casualties.