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Thursday, April 13, 2017

April 14, 2017

What happened this week?

Argentina. Macri visited the areas affected by the floods in Tucumán. The President met with a group of families affected by the floods at the Emergency Operations Center in the town of Monteagudo and committed the provision of "all the tools" of the Government to assist the victims...Read more

El Salvador. More than 370 small to moderately strong earthquakes were recorded under San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, since Monday, April 10, 2017. At least one person has been killed and three injured. Authorities said the shaking is attributed to the movement of local geological faults...Read more

United States.

1.      A brush fire that has been burning in western Broward County grew to 6,600 acres on Saturday, according to the Florida Forest Service. No structures were threatened and the efforts to reduce the flames Friday night were successful...Read more

2.      The weather service confirmed that an EF1 tornado touched down in the Irvington area and an EF0 touched down in Chesapeake on Thursday. No injuries or fatalities were reported...Read more

3.      The National Weather Service confirmed Friday that two tornadoes touched down in the District during Thursday’s storms. Though tornadoes have hit the region in previous years, a twister touching down in the District is a rarity...Read more

Interesting Facts

A powerful new tool reveals how climate change could transform your hometown. The updated system lets you zip across the 48 contiguous states (and Washington DC), and see for yourself how the local climate in any given neighborhood is likely to change between 2010 and 2100...Read more

California Governor Declares End to Drought Emergency. One of the worst droughts in California history has officially ended, Governor Jerry Brown declared on Friday, but not before it strained the state's farm economy and threatened water supplies for millions of residents...Read more

Floods hit at least seven countries in South America. Floods caused by heavy rains affect several countries in Latin America: Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador, where hundreds of people were forced to leave their homes, while at least three people are reported...Read more

New state museum exhibit explains why natural disasters occur. Nature Unleashed, a new exhibit at the Indiana State Museum, aims to help Hoosiers understand why tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions occur, and show how they can prepare in advance to have the best chance of survival no matter what the planet throws their way...Read more

Scientists study why Sand Mountain is tornado magnet. Researchers said that of 49 tornadoes that touched down in the Sand Mountain area in the last 10 years, 32 of them formed on top of the mountain. This spring researchers will deploy scores of weather balloons in Northeast Alabama in advance of approaching storm fronts to collect data...Read more

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

China to relocate millions of people away from disaster zones. The government says it has already assisted in resettling 1.2 million “ecological migrants” and aims to move 1.4 million more people “away from geological threats” by 2020, according to its five-year social and economic development plan...Read more

Five million euros for flood protection in the Mekong Delta cities. The Swiss Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs (SECO) will finace 5 million euros to help prevent floods in three Mekong Delta cities including An Giang, Kien Giang and Ca Mau in the 2017-2019 period...Read more

Mongolia to lead on disaster strategy target. Mongolia has pledged to lead by example and inspire countries across Asia to meet the most pressing target of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a global blueprint for tackling natural and human-induced hazards...Read more
New brochure alerts landowners to landslide hazards and what to do. Geology experts in Washington and Oregon have produced an easy-to-read brochure that can help people understand landslide risks, the underlying geology of slides and precautions that could avoid a disaster...Read more

Reducing risk after the flood. Over 90 percent of federal dollars for flood risk reduction is appropriated to flood-damaged areas in the aftermath of a disaster through off-budget, supplemental legislation. Very little money for risk reduction is available before floods occur...Read more

UN, humanitarian partners to launch $40M appeal for flood-hit Peru. The funds will be used to assist more than 400,000 people battling high waters and landslides from rains that began in early March...Read more

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