100,000s missing school in Americas due to disasters

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Children sit in a shelter run by a church in Portoviejo, Manabí, in Ecuador. Photo: UNICEF/UN017390/Castellano

Hundreds of thousands of children are missing out on their education in the Americas because of the increasing number of natural and man-made disasters in the region.

That's according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

In 2015 there were 93 major recorded disasters there, with more following this year.

An earthquake in Ecuador almost two months ago left some 120,000 children unable to attend school and recent floods in Paraguay also meant some children missed out on classes.

Hanoch Barlevi is a disaster risk specialist based in the UNICEF regional office in Panama.

He's due to attend a ministerial meeting on disaster risk reduction which gets underway on Wednesday in Asuncion.

Daniel Dickinson who's in the Paraguayan capital, asked him how many children were being denied an education across the Americas.

Duration: 2'37"

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