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Saturday, February 8, 2014

February 7, 2014

What happened this week?

Ecuadorian Tungurahua Volcano Increases Activity 
Ecuador's Risk Management Secretariat keeps on orange alert the areas surrounding Tungurahua volcano, which has increased its activity in the last few hours with explosions, ash, plumes, and pyroclastic flows... Read more

Bolivia Floods Situation Update (Oct 2013-up to date)
Heavy rainfall and consequent floods and river overflows have affected a total of  37,600 families in all nine departments of Bolivia and killed 31 people countrywide...Read more

Interesting Facts

Pillowcase Project -  Preparing Students for Disasters 
The American Red Cross and the Global Disaster Preparedness Center are partnering to prepare school-age children for the next disaster. Using pillowcases and other culturally appropriate containers to hold emergency items like flashlights and bottled water, Red Cross staff and volunteers will teach life-saving preparedness lessons to students around the world... Read more

Global Innovation Challenge: First 72 Hours 
The first 72 hours after a disaster are critical. UNICEF and Socialab are looking for innovators from all over the world with ideas for the first 72 hours after a humanitarian disaster. Solutions should focus on communications & information, water & food, health and energy... Read more

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Americas parliament lays down resilience law 
Panama, 30 January 2014 – Latin America has taken a step towards mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into national development policy instruments and poverty reduction strategies. The Latin American Parliament has adopted a protocol on disaster risk management that obliges its 23 member states to incorporate guiding principles of building resilience into existing or emerging legislation... Read more

Issue Brief on Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development : Destruction of assets and livelihoods in disasters set back hard-won 
development gains and worsen poverty
New York, 6-10 January 2014 - Experts associated with the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme for the Seventh Session of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals have revealed that disasters, development and 
poverty are intimately linked...Read more

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