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Friday, November 18, 2016

November 18, 2016

What happened this week?

Bolivia. Severe effects of the drought continue: According to the National Association of Oilseed Producers (ANEPO) this year has produced a loss in different agricultural products in Eastern Bolivia. 100 schools in the Southern and Eastern areas of La Paz have been affected by the water rationing; the Ministry of Education evaluated contingency measures to conclude the school year. The College of Doctors of La Paz suggests taking microbiological samples of the water being used for consumption at schools.
The drought has severely affected Corque municipality, department of Oruro, where 70% of the populations lacks drinking water and only 30% of the territory has water sheds that are currently providing the water.
The authority of social control of water and sanitation (AAPS) declared that the water crisis is indefinite and that is shaping up in a similar way for 2017... Read more

United States.  Over 30 large fires have burned more than 80,000 acres in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky, according to the US Forest Service, which also reported that dry weather, high winds and the continuing drought, is driving the large growth of fires. Winds have carried smoke from the wildfires to cities miles away, such as Atlanta, where the air quality level was "unhealthy". The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and National Park Service placed fire restrictions, along the southern portion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail... Read more

Dominican Republic.  As of November 15, there are 4, 142 homes flooded and 60 that are destroyed and 3 bridges affected. Nearly 22, 055 persons are taking refuge with other family members due to the heavy rains registered over the weekend in the northern part of the country. In addition, 132 communities remain isolated and currently, there are 234 people taking refuge in 4 official shelters. There are six provinces under red alert, four under yellow alert, and seven under green alert... Read more

Interesting Facts

Unbreakable. Building the resilience of the poor in the face of natural disaster. Economic losses from natural disasters totaled $92 billion in 2015, and average annual losses have been estimated at more than $300 billion a year... Read more

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Public-private partnership vital to reduce risk. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has called on governments, businesses and communities in island nations to work together to curb the impact of hazards stoked by climate change... Read more

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