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Friday, April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015

What happened this week?

Chile's Calbuco volcano erupts for first time in more than 40 years. Chile's Calbuco volcano erupted twice in 24 hours, the country's National Geology and Mining Service said... Read More

Paraguay: Department of Presidente Hayes: RainfallMore than 300 mm of rain fell last weekend in several communities of the Bajo Chaco. Approximately 370 families were affected. Local authorities and the National Emergency Secretariat (SEN) are coordinating efforts to help the communities of Montelindo and La Esperanza... Read More


  • Amazonas: Floods. Three municipalities. Atalaia do Norte, Benjamin Constant, and Pauini are being affected. A state of emergency has been declared... Read More
  • Santa Catarina: Tornado. The toll of the tornado in the southern part of the country was two people dead and at least 60 injured. The force of the wind brought down five power towers, which in turn left 200,000 homes and businesses without electricity... Read More

United States of America: Corona, California. A wildfire, made worse by the drought affecting the state of California, is threatening 300 homes. The fire is consuming 300 acres; state authorities are working to control it... Read More

Ecuador: Pichincha Province, Quito. Rainfall, hail, flooding and mudslides in the capital city and other areas of Pichincha. Twenty children had to be evacuated from a school bus due to the heavy rainfall... Read More

Interesting Facts

Disaster robots slow to gain acceptance from responders. Robots can play an important role in disaster response and recovery. The technology is there, but the willingness to deploy it hasn't been.... Read More

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Ban Ki-moon urges ‘bold changes’ to aid action as States prepare for World Humanitarian Summit. Looking ahead to the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next year, the United Nations Secretary-General stressed how news stories were serving to compel the international community into agreeing to align major global commitments to support the world’s most vulnerable people... Read More

Caribbean and Central American countries formalize partnership for catastrophe risk insurance. The Council of Ministers of Finance of Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic (COSEFIN) and CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) signed a memorandum of understanding that enables Central American countries to formally join the facility to access low cost, high quality sovereign catastrophe risk insurance... Read More

American Red Cross looks at using drones for disaster relief. Drones outfitted with cameras can give emergency workers a better understanding of where to set up operations, find survivors and deliver supplies... Read More

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