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Bracing for El Niño: How USAID is Helping Countries Prepare and Respond

El Niño is expected to deliver a wet wallop to some parts of the world, triggering more tropical storms, monsoon rains, flooding and landslides. / Ye Aung Thu, AFP

This year’s El Niño is predicted to trigger floods, drought and fires and affect the path and number of tropical cyclones. Today on International Day of Disaster Reduction, USAID highlights the work we’re doing with partners to reduce the risks of natural disasters.

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How 3D Printing Can Help Save Lives

Don’t let its humble looks fool you – this 3D-printed weather station will help developing countries forecast weather-related disasters and save lives. / Kelly Sponberg, NOAA

Disaster risk reduction has found an unusual ally – 3D printers. Using 3D printing, USAID and NOAA are working to bring affordable weather stations to developing countries so that they can predict and prepare for the weather.

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New Steps in Disaster Risk Reduction

In 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, destroying entire towns across the country. Thanks to disaster risk reduction and preparedness efforts, when Super Typhoon Hagupit hit the Philippines just a year later, damage was minimal. / Chuck Setchell, USAID

From March 14 to 18, USAID staff will join thousands at the Third U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan to discuss the best ways to reduce the catastrophic toll of disasters.

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