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Monday, April 28, 2014

April, 18 - 25, 2014

What happened this week?

Tornados damage 200 homes in North Carolina. Residents, meteorologists and emergency officials in eastern North Carolina were surveying the damage Saturday from multiple tornadoes that damaged more than 200 homes the previous day and sent more than a dozen people to the emergency room...Read More

Eruption. Urbinas volcano, Peru. Ubinas volcano. Eruptive activity with a tendency to decrease. Gases and ash constantly emitted, ashfall affecting communities in Lloque and Chojata. Response: Psychological and medical attention posts installed in shelters. Evacuation routes in San Juan de Tarucani prepared... Read More

Earthquake, Mexico. A 7.2 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 10 km, 36 km away from Tecpan de Galeana, in the state of Guerrero, shook a wide area of Mexico on 18 April. The earthquake occurred within the "Guerrero Seismic Gap". It was felt across a half a dozen states and in Mexico City. One hospital in the colony of Ciudad Renacimiento and several hotels in the tourist area of the port were evacuated; blackouts were reported in several cities in Guerrero... Read More.

Wildfire. Valparaiso, Chile. A wildfire, that started on the afternoon of 12 April, affected several hills in the city of Valparaiso, causing fatalities and injuries, prompting the evacuation of thousands of people, and damaging homes. Troops from CONAF, firefighters, PDI, Police, Army, Navy, SAMU and ONEMI were involved in the response and attention to the emergency. One health center was disabled; the rest of the healthcare network is operating... Read More.

Interesting Facts

By 2050, 1.5 billion people will live in cities exposed to major storms and earthquakes, double the number today. For every $100 spent today on official development aid, only 40 cents goes to disaster prevention and preparedness, a sum that is clearly inadequate given the increasing frequency of natural disasters, according to Rachel Kyte, special envoy for climate change at the World Bank... Read More

Report on understanding child-centred urban disaster risk reduction in Asia. The research found that children who work on the streets or in low-income informal settlements are among those most vulnerable to environmental risks, such as natural hazards and climate change, yet there is little provision for young boys and girls in urban disaster risk reduction programmes...Read More

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?
New Deadline! May 20, 2014
Latin American and Caribbean Rally: “Schools with a Sustainable Future” Register your school now!  (Watch the video in Spanish and English)

The Rally is a competition that seeks to highlight the best strategies in education, action, and social impact among all schools in Latin America and the Caribbean in the areas of energy efficiency, water management, healthy food production, carbon reduction, and sustainable waste management.

There will be one winner of the "Live with Hope Award: Innovation for Sustainability" for each of the categories, and they will represent Latin America in the 2015 International Green Award in the UK. Additionally, the 10 best proposals in each category will be showcased in the framework of the Meeting of Latin American and Caribbean Leaders in Education, Science, and Technology for Sustainability, to be held November 2014.

The OAS invites all Latin American and Caribbean schools to register, participate, and become the leaders of change that Latin America needs in order to develop sustainably. Register your school now! ... Read More

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General: Evidence, experience and aspirations are the basis for Disaster Risk Reduction. 
Reducing the risks of disasters should be based on evidence and experience and should ultimately lead to a more resilient world for future generations...Read More.

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