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Friday, December 11, 2015

December 11, 2015

What happened this week?

Paraguay. In Asunción about 1,500 families were evacuated due to the flooding of the Paraguay River. Evacuees have been placed in 57 shelters throughout the Paraguayan capital... Read more

Honduras. Floods in the Department of Atlántida, Tela. 127 families have been affected due to heavy rain in the area on Saturday, caused by the overflowing of the Lean River. A total of 18 families were housed in shelters, COPECO provided humanitarian aid to 57 families of the Marion community affected by the flooding of the San Alejo River... Read more

Mexico. School activities in the municipalities of Cardenas, Comalcalco, and Paraiso, in the state of Tabasco, were cancelled due to heavy rains... Read more

Interesting Facts

First Code Improvements Adopted Based on National Institute of Standards and Technology Joplin Tornado Study. Protecting schools and their associated high-occupancy buildings from the most violent tornadoes is the goal of the first approved building code changes based on recommendations from the National Institute of Standards and Technology technical investigation into the impacts of the deadly tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011... Read more

Great Barrier Reef protecting against landslides, tsunamis. The world-famous Australian reef is providing an effective barrier against landslide-induced tsunamis, new research shows... Read more

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Finacing for change. There is rising anxiety amongst island nations as the effects of the continuous warming of the earth become more evident on our physical environment. The negative impacts arising from changes in weather patterns due to global warming include rising temperatures, prolonged periods of drought, sea level rise (SLR) as well as an increase in frequency and intensity of storms, consequently affecting services, infrastructure and principle revenue generating sectors; which are largely service-oriented and resource-based... Read more

New earthquake early warning drive launched. The United Nations scientific body has launched a new drive to develop earthquake early warning systems, marking a key contribution to implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction... Read more

Korean cities take Sendai forward. One hundred and fifty-six Korean municipalities have agreed to promote city-to-city learning to strengthen implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction... Read more 

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