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Friday, December 18, 2015

December 18, 2015

What happened this week?

United States. Texas (TX) and Louisiana (LA). Severe storms produced locally heavy rain and preliminary reports of storm damage and possible tornado touchdowns. Preliminary reports of 3 possible tornado touchdowns in TX on December 12: One confirmed near Lindale(Smith County): one home was destroyed; up to 50 homes and outbuildings damaged, Lindale Mayor declared a disaster for the city; One near Willis (Montgomery County): several recreational vehicles (RVs), one local business damaged; One near Kellerville (Gray County). Twenty high wind reports on December 13, primarily in LA; downed trees and power lines reported. No significant power outages remain in effect. One shelter is opened in TX with no occupants. No fatalities or injuries reported... Read more

Peru. Anta Province, Ancash Region. Heavy rain and hail has caused the loss of crops in various communities the Huarondo district in the province of Anta and affected about 700 families. The serious weather also affected several homes and killed farm animals. In addition, about five homes were damaged... Read more

  • 20 municipalities in Mato Grosso do Sul are under an emergency due to a flood that hit Fatima do Sul near Campo Grande. The Civil Defense has said that to date, more than 40 bridges were destroyed and 27 roads impassable... Read more
  • An emergency has been declared for municipalities in the states of Minas Gerais, Bahia, Paran√°, and Sergipe. The National Integration Ministry declared state of emergency in 19 municipalities of Minas Gerais, one in Bahia, one in Parana, and one in Sergipe. The causes are drought, dam collapse/break, and flooding. The federal government may extend the measures to assist the affected areas... Read more

Colombia. Coast of Choco of San Juan. An indigenous population was displaced as a result of pressure from an armed group. The indigenous group, of the Wounaan ethnicity from the community of Taparalito, have been moved to the municipal head of Buenaventura (Valle del Cauca). Another 150 families (460 are children) remain in the territory, specifically in the area at risk... Read more

Paraguay. Asuncion. The number of homeless people in the capital rose to 54,670 (10,934 families). The Paraguay River reached 7.09 meters and it is feared that it will reach the same level it did in 2014, when the waters reached 7.38 meters. Of the total families affected, 8,234 are in 88 shelters set up by the district capital in conjunction with the Secretariat for National Emergencies (SEN). The 2,700 remaining families have taken refuge in the homes of friends or relatives. The population of Alberdi is isolated by land due to the rise of the Paraguay River. 6,000 people live there... Read more

Peru. San Martin. 7.76 tons of humanitarian aid will be distributed among 12,096 people affected by the rise of rivers due to heavy rains, INDECI reported. As a result of six rivers overflowing 42 homes have been destroyed, 58 are inhabitable, and 2,366 have been affected. In addition, 22 educational institutions, 8 health centers, 3 temples, and other public areas have suffered damages. Three pedestrian bridges were destroyed, and roads have been damaged. Also, 1,806 farm animals have been affected; 50 hectares of crops have been destroyed. Electricity, drainage, and drinking water were also affected... Read more

Interesting Facts

Satellites Find Sustainable Energy in Cities. Researchers have now developed a new method to find underground heat islands: They estimate groundwater temperature from surface temperatures and building densities measured by satellites... Read more

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Paris Agreement shows political will to reduce disaster risk. The dust is beginning to settle after the breakthrough adoption of the Paris Agreement at the U.N. climate change summit... Read more

New steps for disaster risk awareness. An international conference has agreed to step up efforts to increase public awareness of how to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards, spurring the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction... Read more

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