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Friday, February 26, 2016

February 26, 2016

What happened this week?

Paraguay. Heavy Rainfall caused flooding in Concepción: Heavy rainfall that began on February 19, 2016 caused storm drain systems to collapse and affect sewage systems, streets and homes in Concepción. The Paraguay River is overflowing causing flash floods to continue and affect the street used by vehicles and pedestrians. Shelter is available for those who are affected... Read more

Argentina. Heat wave and power outages continue: A maximum temperature of 32°C and an elevated heat index is expected in the city of Buenos Aires and its greater surrounding area as of February 23, 2016. In addition, due to high temperatures throughout February, multiple power outages have also occurred in the city and its surrounding areas. The affected areas include Ingeniero Maschwich and Tres de Febrero, two places that until now had never appeared as critical locations in scheduled blackouts... Read more

United States. Severe weather outbreak along Gulf Coast: Severe weather occurred across the Gulf Coast on February 23, 2016. 30 preliminary tornados were reported in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Downed trees and power lines were reported across the affected areas as well as 160 damaged RV trailers and 4 damaged buildings. In total, there are unconfirmed reports of 4 dead and between 50-100 people injured in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida... Read more

  • More than 900 homes flooded in Arequipa region: Heavy rains affecting Arequipa region has left more than 900 homes flooded and 7 destroyed as of February 24, 2016. According to the Arequipa Provincial Municipality Civil Defense report, the most affected districts are La Joya, Yura, and Alto Selva Alegre. In addition, roads were heavily affected... Read more
  • Heavy rains cause landslide and damages to crops and infrastructure in Puno region: People are reported missing and dead after a landslide occurred in Puno region as of February 24, 2016. Incalculable damage has also been reported in 3 provinces (Sandia, San Antonio de Putina and Azángaro) where heavy rains caused floods, collapsed bridges, and damaged homes and crops. Rains are expected to continue until February 25, 2016, mainly in the northern provinces of Puno region... Read more

Bolivia. Heavy rainfall leads to flooding of several rivers: Heavy rainfall caused flooding of several rivers in the city of La Paz, particularly the Huayñajahuira River, which generated large-scale flooding in the southern portion of the city on February 24, 2016. Bridges were damaged and according to La Red 114, homes were also reported flooded... Read more

Interesting Facts

New app turns smartphones into worldwide seismic network. Sensor networks to detect earthquakes are expensive, and many nations have only rudimentary seismic networks. Seismologists have now developed an app that turns smartphones into sensors to collect ground shaking data for study, and eventually to provide early warning to users. The app is called MyShake. Its greatest value may be in countries without a traditional seismic network... Read more

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Sendai takes root in Africa. African countries have held fresh talks to drive forward their implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global agreement that is part of wider efforts to make development sustainable... Read more

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