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Every week the PreventionWeb team of editors selects the latest news and research, reports and publications on disaster risk reduction – here is their selection of the latest must-read content.

Children walking to school in Indonesia
When a 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Cianjur district in Indonesia’s West Java province in November 2022, more than 13,000 students at private religious schools were thrown out of their classrooms because of severe damage to their buildings.
World Bank, the
Business meeting
As developing countries transition from planning to implementation in their National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes, a critical step is securing financing to implement priority adaptation actions articulated through the NAP process.
National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network
Sand storm hitting the city of Basra in Iraq, 2022
Research briefs
Climate change is transforming dust storms—a natural phenomenon in the Middle East—into a more frequent and widespread threat to health and economies throughout the region, a new study shows.
KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
This image shows dead trees that were destroyed by a forest fire and are now covered with frost and rain.
Research briefs
Climate change and human activities like deforestation are causing more fires in central and west africa’s wet, tropical forests, according to the first-ever comprehensive survey there. The fires have long been overlooked.
American Geophysical Union
A Senegalese woman harvests crop from her farm
In Senegal, the impact of climate change is acutely felt across its vast agricultural landscapes, where smallholder farmers – many of whom are women – face increasing vulnerability due to erratic weather patterns.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Cargo ship crossing the Panama Cannal
Research briefs
A lengthy drought that caused widespread disruption to commercial ships passing through the Panama Canal in 2023 would have been “unlikely” without the influence of El Niño, according to a rapid attribution study.
Carbon Brief
An African man biking through flooded streets.
Floods in Kenya killed at least 169 people between March and April 2024. The most catastrophic of these deaths occurred after a flash flood swept through a rural village killing 42 people.
Conversation Media Group, the
Heatwave, Bangladesh, 2023
Research briefs
A new study shows that even on days where there is no official heatwave warning, the threat from heat remains. The authors showed the association of a newly formulated India heat index (IHI) with daily all-cause mortality in the three cities.
Dialogue Earth
People crossing road with umbrella in rain at Matunga in Mumbai Maharashtra India
Research briefs
Western disturbances are hanging out over India for longer, adversely affecting water security in the country.
Eos - AGU
A women farmer in Zimbabwe walking along her field checking the crops
At UNGA-ECOSOC event, FAO Deputy Director-General emphasizes the key role of effective anticipatory action in protecting and equipping communities ahead of shocks.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - Headquarters
Bookshelves in a library.
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