Country: France

Red Cross activates disaster response as Tropical cyclone Berguitta threatens Mauritius and La Réunion

Nairobi/Geneva, 16 January 2018—Mauritius and La Réunion are on high alert as Tropical Cyclone Berguitta moves towards southern Indian Ocean this week. Red Cross disaster response teams are readying response plans in anticipation of the cyclone’s landfall. “This dangerous cyclone puts at risk hundreds of lives in Mauritius and La Réunion. Our teams in both countries are prepositioning relief items to support communities who may need food, shelter and first aid services,” said Andreas Sandin, Coordinator for emergency operations for Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. All Red Cross branches in Mauritius have been put on high alert. In La Réunion, the Red Cross Indian Ocean Regional Intervention Platform (PIROI) has activated its disaster response plan and volunteers are on standby to distribute relief items and provide support to communities affected by the...

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IFRC warns of serious health risks as extreme heatwave sweeps across Europe

Budapest / Geneva, 4 August 2017 — Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers are on the ground in towns, cities and beaches as record temperatures sweep much of southern and central Europe. According to weather reports, south and central Europe are experiencing the highest August temperatures in more than a decade.  The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre in the Netherlands says this is indicative of a trend that has seen hotter summers become more common. Countries including Austria, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Serbia, and Spain are seeing temperatures climb to up to 42 degrees Celsius in some places this week. Volunteers across Europe have been visiting vulnerable people including those who are homeless and older people who are especially at risk during the hot weather. In France, teams have been distributing water to people sleeping rough in cities and providing information, advice and door-to-door checks on elderly and isolated people. Health coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Europe, Dr Jeya Kulasingam urged people to take extra care during the heatwave: “This prolonged period of extremely hot weather is particular dangerous for people with existing health problems such heart conditions, high blood pressure and asthma, as well as older people and children. “It is vital that people stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, keep out of the sun and avoid over-exertion.” It...

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity.