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Friday, September 5, 2014

September 5, 2014

What happened this week?

Jamaica Drought Causes Nearly US$1 Billion in Losses. Over 18,000 small farmers have been affected by extreme drought that has been plaguing the country for months... Read More

Panama Canal chief says ship sizes could be restricted if drought continues. The head of the Panama Canal Authority says officials might be forced to limit the draft of ships by the end of this year or early in 2015 if a drought continues and lowers the level of lakes that feed the waterway's locks... Read More

Brazil Drought: São Paulo Could Run Dry in Less Than 100 Days. Brazil's largest city could run dry in less than 100 days if the city's government doesn't act... Read More

Drought leaves up to 2.81 m hungry in Central America: UN. A severe drought has ravaged crops in Central America and as many as 2.81 million people are struggling to feed themselves..  Read More

Brazil drought crisis leads to rationing and tensions. Water rationed in 19 cities in southeast and central regions after usually abundant supplies run dry... Read More

Guatemala:Floods. Showers in the country have caused flooding in the departments of Petén and Suchitepéquez that have affected 255 people and caused damage to 39 homes. Local authorities conducted assessments and determined that it was not necessary to enable shelters, and delivered humanitarian assistance to those affected... Read More

Interesting Facts

Reduce Flood Risks with Plastic Tanks. Polypropylene tanks can help prevent city-wide flooding in flood-prone areas...Read More

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Central America braces for drought-linked food crisis. In response to the drought, the Guatemalan government has said it will begin distributing 4,000 tonnes of food aid to more than 170,000 families affected by the drought from early October, using government and United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) food reserves... Read More

Pacific Resilience – Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP). The work of the Pacific in integrating climate change and disaster risk management was showcased at the SIDS side event, Building Pacific Resilience – the Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP) held in Samoa.. Read More

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