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Friday, September 26, 2014

September 26, 2014

What happened this week?

Mexico: Hurricane Odile. Five municipalities in Baja California declared disaster zones. The most affected areas are La Paz, ComondĂș, Loreto, Los Cabos, and Mulege. The delivery of supplies to the affected families of those municipalities has started. National response... Read More

Uruguay: Floods. The number of evacuees remains at 296, and those who left voluntarily, at 4294. The Yi River level continues to go down and is below the safe zone. People will begin returning to Durazno and Soriano today. The emergency situation caused by the floods in the south of the country remains under control. The National Emergency System, through its Departmental Emergency Committees, continues to coordinate response activities... Read More

Panama: Floods in the western area of Panama left 427 people affected and 105 houses damaged. The floods were caused by the overflow of the Martin Sanchez river, El Rodeo stream, and obstruction of sewers. SINAPROC recommends being aware of the levels of rivers and streams, and landslides caused by the saturation of soils. National response... Read More

Emergency on Route 32 as landslides trap hundreds of motorists on mountainous Costa Rica highway. Heavy rains triggered multiple landslides that stranded 380 2,000 people for hours in the dark and rain... Read More

Powerful 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Argentina. The quake was very deep, at over 100 miles below the surface and struck in a remote mountainous region near the borders with Chile and Bolivia... Read More

Interesting Facts

Signs in groundwater may help predict earthquakes six months in advance. Chemical spikes in water due to stress building up in the rocks could hold clues to forecasting tremors...  Read More

Hi-tech Tools Can Better Predict Droughts, Flood.  New technology has allowed scientists to develop better climate models and measurements.  the goal is to figure out how to combine these tools to better predict droughts and floods... Read More

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Association of Caribbean State drives regional approach to disaster risk reduction. The Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in its overall aim of promoting Sustainable Development for the Greater Caribbean, through its Directorate of Disaster Risk Reduction, continues to improve and increase its initiatives in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction as reflected in the 22nd Meeting of the Special Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction... Read More

Plans for $200 million in drought relief released. More than $200 million in expedited bond funding would benefit 110 projects throughout the state, ranging from the city of Mt. Shasta to San Diego, under the draft recommendations by the state Department of Water Resources..Read More 

FEMA offers disaster resources for tribal communities. Tribal members can learn how to prepare themselves and family members for an emergency by visiting Ready Indian Country... Read More

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