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Friday, February 15, 2013

February 15, 2013

What happened this week?

Perú. Landslide leaves 220 families in the district of Cusco without communications
A number of landslides have been reported in countries like Perú and Ecuador. Recently a landslide in the district of Cusco, of a combination of mud and stone, left 220 families without communication, 5 families homeless, bridges destroyed, and ruined 25 hectares of farms for plantains and citrus. Read more

USA. Snow storm disrupts New England produce trade
New England continues to feel the effects of the snow storm that produced 3 feet of snowfall in some areas. The city of Boston has declared the dumping of snow into the harbor illegal. Thus forcing snow removal trucks to dump it in landfills, making the process expensive and very time-consuming. With the snow still on the roads people are still immobile, slowing the produce trade down drastically. Read more

USA. How to prepare for snowstorm's power outages
This particular snow storm, beginning on February 8, 2013, caused 650,000 customers to have power outages. Check out these simple steps that will enable customers to be more prepared for events such as this. Read more

Colombia. Road to Chocó made unpassable by Landslide
A landslide measuring 10 cubic meters and 70 meters along the road has made the pass to Chocó inaccessible. No one was injured in the event; however, the coordinator of Department Council of Risk Management, Diana Carolina, announced not to allow vehicles to pass this area in case of another landslide. Read more

Peru. Damage from rain in Ica are being overcome
The intense rain in the Ica province has affected more than 8,000 people. However with constant humanitarian assistance being provided the victims are recovering rapidly. The government has shown the importance of aiding the affected population by distributing tents, mattresses, blankets, and sheltering for those left homeless. Read more

Interesting Facts: Did you know?

The ground is shaking all around. Be the first to know …
Well, maybe not the first, but you can get informed fairly quickly thanks to the Live Internet Seismic Server (LISS). The LISS is primarily used to distribute data. It allows for near-real-time data flow from seismic stations around the world. Read more 

What is new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Honduras. The OAS emphasizes prevention and resource management
The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) presented efforts the evaluation report to the Government of Honduras stressing the need to obtain and manage humanitarian assistance resources prior to, during and after a natural disaster emergency. Read more

Colombia. A disaster risk management success in Antioquia
Efforts to unite the municipalities of the Department of Antioquia to consolidate their Risk Management efforts have resulted in a success. The administration department has been working on consolidating arrays, databases, complementary actions in the municipalities to determine how to articulate the actions to reach a true risk management. Read more

Jamaica. Minister of Agriculture announces $45m drought mitigation program
Minister of Agriculture Roger Clarke, has announced a $45 million crop production program as part of the Government’s drought mitigation initiative for the sector. The program will include the 645 hectares of selected crops to counter any shortfall of cash crops affected by the drought. Read more

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