GENEVA / EL NIÑO IMPACT

10-Nov-2015 00:01:34
An estimated 11 million children are at risk from hunger, disease and lack of water in eastern and southern Africa as a result of a strengthening El Niño, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / EL NIÑO IMPACT
TRT: 1:34
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 10 NOVEMBER 2015 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND/FILE

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1. Aerial shot, Palais des Nations

10 NOVEMBER 2015 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Christophe Boulierac, spokesperson for UNICEF:
“An estimated 11 million children are at risk from hunger, disease and lack of water in eastern and southern Africa as a result of a strengthening El Niño, which is also causing droughts and floods in parts of Asia, the Pacific and Latin America.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Christophe Boulierac, spokesperson for UNICEF:
“Beside the immediate risks of death and injury, El Niño can lead to significant increases in disease such as malaria, dengue fever, diarrhoea and cholera, which are, as you know, major killers of children.”
6. Close up, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Christophe Boulierac, spokesperson for UNICEF:
“El Niño has an impact on children’s physical health. It has an impact as well on children’s safety. For instance, children who lose their parents following floods or typhoons become more potentially vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. It also has an impact on children’s education and mental health. When extreme weather deprives communities of their livelihoods, young children often suffer from undernutrition, which puts them at greater risk of delayed mental development.”
8. Wide shot, press briefing room
9. Med shot, journalists

STORYLINE:

A UNICEF spokesperson told reporters today (10 Nov) that an estimated 11 million children are at risk from hunger, disease and lack of water in eastern and southern Africa as a result of a strengthening El Niño, which is also causing droughts and floods in parts of Asia, the Pacific and Latin America.

The weather phenomenon, among the strongest on record, is likely to cause more floods and droughts, fuel Pacific typhoons and cyclones, and affect more areas if it continues strengthening as forecast over the coming months.

UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac said that, besides the immediate risks of death and injury, El Niño can lead to significant increases in diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, diarrhoea and cholera, which are major killers of children.

He also said that El Niño doesn’t just have an impact on children’s physical health, “It has an impact as well on children’s safety. For instance, children who lose their parents following floods or typhoons become more potentially vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. It also has an impact on children’s education and mental health. When extreme weather deprives communities of their livelihoods, young children often suffer from undernutrition, which puts them at greater risk of delayed mental development.”

El Niño is a climate pattern linked to the warming of surface waters in the Pacific Ocean, which can have a profound effect on weather patterns around the world. El Niño events tend to happen every two to seven years. Although El Niño phenomena are not caused by climate change, scientists believe they are becoming more intense as a result of such. Many of the countries now experiencing El Niño are those that face the gravest threat from climate change, while many of the areas affected also have high poverty levels.

UNICEF noted that some of the countries most affected by El Niño include Somalia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Pacific nations, Central America, Peru and Ecuador.
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