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Friday, February 22, 2013

February 22, 2013

What happened this week?

Chile. Forest fire near Valparaiso
A forest fire near Valpariso, the worst one in two decades according to the Governor, destroyed over 70 homes and forced the evacuation of approximately 500 people. The fire was fueled by strong winds, the changing terrain and high temperatures in the region.

USA. Powerful snowstorm bears down on western United States
As of Thursday western parts of the United States have been witnesses to a massive winter storm which is  already crippling some of the affected areas. Winter Storm Q, as it has been named, is expected to have lasting effects throughout the weekend.
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Perú. A person was killed by a landslide on the road from Cusco to Quillabamba
A landslide occurred at kilometer 158 of the road Cusco-Quillabamba left one dead and 60 meters of road collapsed, so vehicles had became stranded. The regional Civil Defense office has provided heavy machinery to enable passage on the road by the following day. 
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Perú. Ayacucho: A landslide leaves 40+ families affected in Huamanga
Intense rainfall caused a landslide that affected 42 houses and left 2 collapsed and the inhabitants homeless. The Instituto Nacional de Defensa Civil (INDECI) responded rapidly and are providing humanitarian aid to the area.
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Colombia. Alert for the dry season in the country
High temperatures in the areas of Córdoba, Atlantic, Guajira, Magdalena, and Cundinamarca have cause burning more than 8,400 acres. The Dirección Nacional del Riesgo reported that there is a contingency plan that has been placed due to shortages of water. The drought is expected to last until mid-March of this year. 
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Interesting Facts

USA. There is a storm coming. Quick! Take out your ... sensors?
Rapidly deployable storm surge sensors, which are strapped to bridge piers, power and light poles and other structures, are among the USGS' arsenal of instruments used to collect information of storm surges and better understand flooding.

What is new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Canada. Natural Disaster Preparedness: Local Style
Research conducted by Concordia University reports that some communities get better prepared for natural disasters by using informal networks and flat hierarchy chains of command, responding exceptionally well during disasters. These initiatives help the more formal response agencies to better assist these communities during said situations.

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