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Friday, March 2, 2012

March 02, 2012

Recent Natural Events

Apparent tornadoes strike northeast Alabama
Residents in northeast Alabama assessed the damage Friday caused by at least two apparent tornadoes in the area, including blows to a high school and a prison. Read  

U.S. Midwest hit by tornadoes that take lives, destroy homes
At least nine people were killed and parts of several towns were flattened, according to local officials on February 29. Read

Tornado aftermath in the US - in pictures
Residents of towns in the American south Midwest assess the damage after tornadoes killed people and caused widespread destruction.

Guyana Floods – Several drainage pumps fail as city is submerged
City Mayor, Hamilton Green, has blamed continuous heavy rainfall, non-functional drainage structures and clogged drains for flooding in and around Georgetown yesterday. Read

Floods in the Bolivian Amazon
Three days of heavy rains, on the Bolivian side of Amazonian, caused the overflowing of the river Acre in the triple border between Peru, Brazil and Bolivia the last weekend. Read

Landslides in Ecuador
Heavy rain is causing flooding and landslides along Ecuador's coast affecting hundreds of people. Read

Other Disasters Related News

Chile’s Earthquake Reconstruction Hindered by Delays and Profiteering
Two years after the earthquake and tsunami in south-central Chile, the worst natural disaster to hit the country in half a century, thousands of families who saw their homes destroyed are still waiting for a solution. Read

Praying for rain in Paraguay
A severe drought is threatening the livelihood of thousands of small farmers across Paraguay. Read

South American Drought Affecting Soybean Reserve Levels
Drought in South America, where farmers are harvesting this month, caused irreversible crop damage and will reduce global production by 7.2 percent. Read

Brazil, emerging South-South donor
The Brazilian government is stepping up South-South aid, to strengthen the South American giant’s status as a donor country and its international clout. It now provides assistance to 65 countries, and its financial aid has grown threefold in the last seven years. Read  

Dominica - West coast residents to get storm relief
Over one hundred residents along Dominica’s west coast affected by a tropical storm in 2011 will receive relief from next week. Read

Panama -  $100 million standby facility to address potential earthquakes and floods
Panama will substantially improve its ability to respond to natural disasters with a $100 million Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) standby loan. Read

High school teachers in the Bahamas attend seminar on climate change
“Workshops cover three years of information sharing. They are targeted to benefit educators, journalists, and policymakers to help citizens make an effortless transition to adapting to climate change,” said Lisa Benjamin, chairwoman for the Public Education and Outreach (PEO) Sub-Committee, under the National Climate Change Committee. Read

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