UN / CYCLONES

24-Jun-2019 00:02:34
Addressing a General Assembly (GA) thematic session on water and disasters, GA President María Fernanda Espinosa noted that this year cyclones Idai and Kenneth left more than two million people “in dire need of assistance, a devastating reminder that roughly ninety percent of natural disasters are water related.” UNIFEED / FILE
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / PORTUGUESE / NATS

DATELINE: 24 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

24 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, ECOSOC Chambers
3. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President, General Assembly:
“Cyclones Idai and Kenneth left more than two million people in dire need of assistance. A devastating reminder that roughly ninety percent of natural disasters are water related.”
4. Wide shot, dais
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President, General Assembly:
“If we are bold and serious on our climate commitments, if we come fully equipped from the climate summit on September, if we work together, if we get it right, we can reduce the impacts of water related disasters, save lives and resources.”
6. Wide shot, delegates
7. Wide shot, ECOSOC Chambers
8. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Carlos Agostinho do Rósario, Prime Minister, Republic of Mozambique:
“Due to its geographical location, Mozambique receives atmospheric confluences favourable to the development of cyclones, which have become increasingly frequent and intense in recent years. Since 1990 till the present time, our country was hit by 10 cyclones. Only in the first quarter of this year we witnessed the passage of three major cyclones, namely Desmond, Idai, and Kenneth, which affected the central and northern parts of our country.”
9. Wide shot, dais
10. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Carlos Agostinho do Rósario, Prime Minister, Republic of Mozambique:
“The level of reconstruction needed is beyond Mozambique’s financial capacity. Our country alone will not be able to afford the necessary resources to ensure sustainable reconstruction and resilience to the effects of climate change. Therefore, Mozambique requires the support of the international community.”

FILE - WFP - 26 APRIL 2019, MACOMIA SEDE, MAIN VILLAGE OF MACOMIA DISTRICT, MOZAMBIQUE

11. Various drone shots, destruction of houses and flattened palm trees

FILE - WFP - 6 APRIL 2019, DONDO, MOZAMBIQUE

12. Various shots, WFP food distribution to 700 families in Dondo
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Addressing a General Assembly (GA) thematic session on water and disasters, GA President María Fernanda Espinosa today (24 Jun) noted that this year cyclones Idai and Kenneth left more than two million people “in dire need of assistance, a devastating reminder that roughly ninety percent of natural disasters are water related.”

The powerful tropical cyclones struck Mozambique in quick succession this past March and April respectively.

Espinosa said, “if we are bold and serious on our climate commitments, if we come fully equipped from the climate summit on September, if we work together, if we get it right, we can reduce the impacts of water related disasters, save lives and resources.”

The Prime Minister of Mozambique, Carlos Agostinho do Rósario, said that due to its geographical location, “Mozambique receives atmospheric confluences favourable to the development of cyclones, which have become increasingly frequent and intense in recent years.”

Cyclone Idai made landfall in March, killing over 600 people and destroying nearly 240,000 homes. Kenneth, the second massive cyclone to hit southern Africa in six weeks, partially or fully destroyed nearly 35,000 houses, close to 200 classrooms and at least 14 health facilities.

The level of reconstruction needed, do Rósario said, “is beyond Mozambique’s financial capacity.”

He said “our country alone will not be able to afford the necessary resources to ensure sustainable reconstruction and resilience to the effects of climate change. Therefore, Mozambique requires the support of the international community.”

Today’s Special Thematic Session, “Build Back Better from Idai and Kenneth - Lessons Learnt and Actions to Reduce Climate Change Impact in the Future” was co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Tajikistan
and the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP).
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