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Friday, March 14, 2014

March, 14, 2014

What happened this week?
Bolivia. Flood (Oct 2013-Mar.14 ). Total: Nearly 68,000 families have been affected since January. 10,000 families displaced; in Beni, 4,038 families are in 99 shelters. Floods have left 17 communities isolated in La Paz. 842 confirmed cases of dengue (35% less than in the same period in 2013); The government is prioritizing their response in Guayamerin (Beni) and Nueva Esperanza (Pando)...Read More

BrasilFloodTotal: more than 22,000 affected in Amazonas, 10,000 in Acre and 11,000 people affected in six municipalities in Rondonia. 470 families are in 42 shelters. State government response: increase shelter capacity in Porto Velho, declare emergency. Air transport of gravely ill patients and medical supplies...Read More.

Interesting Facts
Scientific panel dismissed suggestions that a slowdown of surface temperatures is a sign global warming isn't happening.  Last's week article about volcanoes stated that there is a warming ‘hiatus', while the National science academies of USA and UK say warming is ‘unequivocal’ and recommend urgent action...Read More.

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Project to reduce risk in Jamaica. A 38-month project aimed at assisting in strengthening Jamaica’s ability to adapt to the effects of climate change, and reducing the likely risks has been concluded. The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) expressed satisfaction with the outcomes...Read More.

Key research lessons in South Asia. about mainstreaming climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in South Asia: mainstreaming, planning (not only response), Networks for action, and more...Read More

IBM and Aecom join UN campaign to make cities resilient. (Geneva). The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is working with IBM and global planning, design and engineering firm AECOM to measure cities’ resilience to disasters.The first fruit of the partnership is an innovative Disaster Resilience Scorecard created for use by members of UNISDR’s “Making Cities Resilient” campaign...Read More.

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