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Friday, March 7, 2014

March 7, 2014

What happened this week?
Bolivia. Flood situation update (Oct.2013-7 March, 2014) Total 
60 deaths and 60,000 families affected. High risk of floods in Guayamerin (Beni). 439 cases of dengue confirmed, 2,161 suspected and one death in Santa Cruz..Read more

Chile. String of earthquakes  whose magnitudes ranged between 5.4 and 3 was recorded this week in the central region of Chile with epicenters located in the area of San Antonio. ONEMI and University of Chile Seismology Department stated that this activity is not a swarm...Read More.

Obituary:Michel Lechat, Belgian epidemiologist and pioneer figure in Disaster Studies, died February 28, 2014. He was a professor of the Catholic University of Leuven, Bruxelles; The John Hopkins University, Baltimore; consultant and fellow for the National Institute of Health (NIH), USA; consultant for the PAHO, OMS, World Bank and UN ; and he was director of the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), among other positions...Read more

Interesting Facts
Study: Volcanoes contribute to recent warming ‘hiatus’. MIT researchers find models must account for volcanic eruptions to accurately predict climate change...Read more

3-Story Floating School in Nigeria Rides on Recycled Barrels. The Makoko Floating School is a working prototype designed to address local needs “in view of the impact of climate change and a rapidly urbanizing African context.” … Read more

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Video: Stanford simulations show offshore wind farms could tame hurricanes. Computer simulations by Stanford's Mark Jacobson indicate huge offshore wind farms could significantly reduce wind speed and storm surge from major hurricanes … Read more

Building within the scaffolding: the architecture of the new Hyogo Framework for Action . The new framework for DRR will develop the current strategy rather than start a new, said the UN Special Representative on Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström... Read More.

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