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Friday, July 31, 2015

July 31, 2015

What happened this week?

  • Floods. Declaration of public disaster in three municipalities of the Amazon and Santa Catarina... Read More
  • The National Integration Ministry acknowledged an emergency due to drought; storms and floods in the states of Bahia, Minas, Gerais, and Rio Grande do Sul... Read More
Mexico, Sonora, Nogales Municipality: Flash floods. One woman is dead and four other people, including two children are missing after the heavy rains that took place on Tuesday in Nogales, Sonora... Read More

Paraguay, Asuncion: Floods, 4 schools north and south of the capital are flooded due to the flooding of the Paraguay River, affecting around 2000 of the 2,255 students who are enrolled in schools in those areas... Read More 

United States, Lake County, Nevada County: California Meanwhile, the Lowell Fire has burned over 2,300 acres threatened 1,550 structures, destroyed one, and injured six people. The fire is now 50% contained and evacuations have been lifted. Multiple other fires continue to rage across the U.S. including Alaska, Arizona, Oregon, Montana, Washington, Idaho, and New Mexico... Read More 
Interesting Facts

3-hour Canadian tornado likely one of world's longest. The massive tornado that roared across the Canadian province of Manitoba late Monday was on the ground for nearly 3 hours — likely one of the longest-lasting on record in Canada and perhaps the world... Read More

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

California Says Water Use Fell by 27 Percent in June. California's unprecedented system of mandatory conservation imposed on cities got off to a strong start with water use plunging 27 percent in June, regulators said Thursday... Read More

Four West Coast universities funded for earthquake early warning system. The U.S. Geological Survey announced $5 million in funding that will allow the University of Washington and three other institutions to help transition the prototype ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system, under development since 2005, into a public-facing tool... Read More

'Knowledge for Life' – UN launches search for communities good at managing the risk of disasters. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) today launched a search for communities that demonstrate excellence in managing disaster risk in order to draw attention to the importance of local knowledge, traditions and customs in the struggle against extreme weather events, climate change and earthquakes... Read More

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