UN-SPIDER Updates August 2020

Dear readers,

We're glad to share with you the August 2020 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates, and would like to make you aware of a new Recommended Practice on disaster preparedness using free software extensions. The Recommended Practice explains how remote sensing data about recurring floods, information about infrastructure and socio-economic data can be integrated using free and open source software to support prevention and preparedness efforts. It makes use, among others, of the InaSAFE plug-in for the desktop GIS software QGIS, and can be accessed on the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal.

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UN-SPIDER at a glance

Areas flooded and damaged following cyclone Idai, northwest of Beira. Image: European Union/Christian Jepsen.

In recent years, Mozambique has suffered severe floods and droughts that have impacted urban and rural communities throughout the country. In the March and April 2019, tropical cyclones Idai and Kenneth triggered major floods in Mozambique,... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: Brazil Regional Support Office
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News from our Regional Support Offices

Floods in Bangladesh in 2019. Image: UN Women Asia and the Pacific.

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is leveraging space-based information to support government and humanitarian agencies in the Hindu Kush... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
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News from the community

Tropical cyclone Fani over the eastern coast of India on 2 May 2019. Image: NASA.

According to the latest issue of an annual disaster statistics report, floods were the deadliest type of disasters in 2019, followed by extreme temperature, while storms... Read more

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At the end of 2019, countries in the Horn of Africa began to suffer the impacts of locust swarms. Later, the locust migrated to regions in Southwest Asia. Unfortunately, the impacts on farmers are devastating. Furthermore, the combined impact of... Read more

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Field Work on Ogunpa flood plain Ibadan, Nigeria. Image: GMES.

Floods are among the most frequent natural hazards around the world, as well as in Africa, and can trigger devastating disasters among the most vulnerable communities. Climate change, and inadequate land-use/land-cover changes can exacerbate this... Read more

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Issue Date: 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
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