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Friday, April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015

What happened this week?

Colombia:  Betania, San Agustin and Andes in the Department of Antioquia; Rainy season. Landslides and the Overflowing of the San Juan, Taparto and Santa Rita rives caused the destruction of homes and several bridges in addition leaving isolated more than 2,000 people. Damage assessment in progress... Read More

Brazil: The Office of the National Protection and Civil Defense (Sedec), declare state of emergency as a result of the following events:
  • Low flow, there is a hydric deficit in Grain Mogol and Novorizonte, State of Minas Gerais. 
  • Floods in Rondonia: Buritis, New Mamor√©, and Pimenta Bueno, bordering Bolivia... Read More
Peru: Ubinas volcano activity causes impressive mudslide... Read More

Interesting Facts

Crowdsourcing System Can Detect Earthquakes. Smartphone GPS data can provide quake warnings in areas without costly, scientific-level seismic monitoring networks... Read More

Tweets turned into flood maps that could help save lives. Spontaneous tweets about major floods are being turned into a mapping tool that could be used by emergency services and disaster response teams to save lives and provide aid... Read More

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

The future of sustainable development.   The international community will meet to approve a new global framework for sustainable development... Read More

Thousands March In Canada To Call For Action On Climate Change. Thousands of Canadians took to the streets of Quebec City to address the threat of climate change... Read More


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