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Friday, February 20, 2015

February 20, 2015

What happened this week?

Argentina: Córdoba Storms. At least 7 people are reported dead, 2 missing, more than 1,500 homes affected and a thousand evacuated... Read More

Bolivia: Rainfall (winter season). There are eight departments affected; the number of victims in the country has increased to 25, including a death caused by an avalanche in the municipality of Huanuni. 64 municipalities have suffered damages due to hail, heavy rainfall, floods and landslides. 17,400 families have been left homeless... Read More

Mexico: Snowstorm. The National Civil Protection Agency declared an emergency in 18 municipalities due to a storm that occurred from 11 - 13 February 2015. This declaration activated resources from the Emergency Response Fund (Fonden), for 18 municipalities in Chihuahua, in northern Mexico... Read More

Chile, Bio Bio Region: Forest fires. 50 people evacuated 10 homes affected in the village San Patricio, Colcura sector, in the town of Lota. There are a total of 49 active fires affecting approximately 10,000 hectares of vegetation... Read More

Interesting Facts

2014 proves hottest on record, driven in part by climate change. Two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that temperatures across the globe last year were the warmest since 1880... Read More 

NASA’s SMAP Observatory To Improve Drought Prediction, Planning For Natural Disasters. Scientists will now be able to more accurately observe and monitor moisture levels within the land itself, through an orbiting observatory named SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive... Read More 

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction: The countdown begins.  The Third UN World Conference on disaster risk reduction, will be held in the city of Sendai (Japan) from 14-18 March 2015... Read More

Ricoh Japan to Provide IT System to U.N. World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Sharing messages on disaster risk reduction and reconstruction through a digital signage system... Read More 

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