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Friday, March 27, 2015

March 27, 2015

What happened this week?

Chile. Antofagasta, Atacama, and Coquimbo: Flash flooding generated by intense rains related to a cold front that affects the northern area of the country and that causing rivers to breach their banks. Seven reported deaths and the 19 missing, nearly 500 homes affected, 35 destroyed and nearly 2000 people in shelters. Atacama is the region that has been primarily affected. According to authorities (ONEMI), the most critical areas affected in Atacama are located in Chañaral, Copiapó, Alto del Carmen and Tierra Amarilla. Damage assessment is in progress but access and communication difficulty hinders data collection. Several hospitals have reported damages and are only partially functioning. The Ministry of Health evaluates the situation of the assistance network and issues adjustments in the services network and a Sanitary Alert in Atacama and recommendations. A State of Emergency decree has been issued for the current emergency... Read More

Ecuador. De Los Rios Province: Areas of Babahoyo and nearby localities flooded after 8 hours of intense rain.   Areas of the center and the periphery were flooded yesterday. The Prefecture, Social Security, terrestrial terminal among others buildings were affected by the floods... Read More

Ecuador. Via Aloag-Santo Domingo: Landslide site that killed 5 people is declared a cemetery.  The bodies cannot be rescued as the site is not safe.  A total are 13 fatal victims including two people in the parish Alluriquín... Read More

Perú. Landslide: Choros District, Cajamarca Department; 34 homes affected, 9 collapsed, 25 unsafe to return and 0.5km of rural road also affected... Read More

Interesting Facts

3D satellite, GPS earthquake maps isolate impacts in real time. New research shows that GPS and satellite data can be used in a real-time, coordinated effort to fully characterize a fault line within 24 hours of an earthquake, ensuring that aid is delivered faster and more accurately than ever before... Read More 

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Local and regional authorities key partners in disaster risk reduction.
The United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, resulted in a historic agreement by the international community to reduce disaster risk, and recognized local authorities and the local level as essential to achieving this... Read More

Landslice project provides a model for the prevention of the risk for landslides in Europe. Landslide project, has been recently presented. It aims to prevent and mitigate the risk of hydrogeological instability that has progressively increased in Europe... Read More

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