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Friday, August 28, 2015

August 28, 2015

What happened this week?

Dominica: Tropical Storm Erika. Twenty people are reported dead and severe flooding causing mudslides. Damage to the infrastructure reported in Grand Bay and Bath Estate, landslides destroying houses in Good Hope and Kings Hill. Canefield Airport is under water and Melville Hall airport inoperable. Roseau has been heavily impacted by the swollen rivers. Communications land and cell phones are down... Read More

Argentina: Buenos Aires Province, Municipality of Pila. 70% of the municipality is under water. Throughout the province, 800, 000 hectares are already affected. Flood affects seriously the agricultural activities... Read More

Colombia: Department of Tolima. Up to 8000 rises the number of acres burned by fires; a maximum alert is maintained in the region. The department authorities called to the mayors to take measures and actions to prevent wildfire and campaigns to preserve water... Read More

United States of America: 
  • Washington. Wildfires. The massive fire burning in north-central Washington is the largest in state history. Officials are still trying to determine how many homes and other structures have been burned. About 1,250 people are battling the fires... Read More
  • California. Wildfires. Fire near California Ski Resort in Southern California's San Bernardino Mountains is threatening at least 400 homes. The fire has burned 100 acres and is 30 percent contained. Evacuation orders are in place for up to 500 homes and all schools within the Bear Valley Unified School District are closed... Read More
Panama: Provinces of Panama and Colon. Rains: 108 persons and 31 homes were affected following the heavy rains that triggered floods, landslides, collapse of streets, fall of retaining walls and rescue missions. The joint task force continues to distribute humanitarian aid to people affected by the flood in Colon... Read More

Puerto Rico: Drought update. The rains generated by the remnants of hurricane Danny benefited primarily the reservoirs of CarraĆ­zo and Rio Blanco, although still not out of critical condition. Rationing plans continue... Read More

Interesting Facts

What’s behind the spike in earthquake activity Oklahoma has seen this year? A little over eight months into the year, Oklahoma has broken a new yearly record for earthquakes... Read More

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

International Course. SIG for Modeling Climate Risks and Managing Natural Disasters. The focus is training participants in the use of SIG tools applied to the modeling of climate risks and managing natural disasters... Read More

How 10 Years Have Changed Disaster Preparedness and Response. Over the last ten years, the American Red Cross and other disaster response organizations have taken the lessons of Katrina and applied new thinking and new technology to better prepare for and respond to natural disasters... Read More

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