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Friday, February 24, 2012

February 24, 2012

Recent Natural Events

Ecuador - Rains cause more damage
The landslide of the mountain and flooding blocked a way out. Due to these drawbacks, some 40 houses are in danger and 7 of them have been already evacuated. Read 

Bolivia floods: Emergency declared in Amazon region
Bolivia's Amazon lowland plains are subject to flooding every year during the January-March rainy season, but this year's rains have been unusually intense. Read

9, 478 families affected by La Niña phenomenon in 103 municipalities in Bolivia
The number of families affected went up in the last hours, mainly by the overflowing of rivers. Read

Peru- Overflowing of the Aguaytia river affects 550 families
Several inhabitants abandoned their houses for fear of dying.  Read

Freeze damages California’s citrus crop
The citrus growers' association California Citrus Mutual says about 35 percent of the mandarin orange crop will be lost to frost damage following more than 25 nights of freezing temperatures in December and several frosts in January. Read

Other Disasters Related News

Paraguay- families affected by drought receive food kits
The food kits will be distributed to the rural and indigenous communities. Read

Rains let loose land mines, shut Peru-Chile border
Flooding rivers in Peru and Chile have ruined houses, displaced people, and turned up something more sinister: land mines. Read

US could face tough tornado season in 2012
One year after a deadly tornado season in the United States caused nearly $30 billion in damage, an above-normal number of twisters could be in store for 2012. Read

Mild drought caused Maya collapse in Mexico, Guatemala
Relatively mild drought conditions may have been enough to cause the collapse of the Classic Maya civilizations, which flourished until about AD950 in what is now southern Mexico and Guatemala. Read

Friday, February 17, 2012

February 17, 2012

Recent Natural Events
Peru- Lagoon overflow caused landslide and left three missing in  Áncash
The province of Pallasca and its 11 districts have been left isolated due to the collapse of three bridges. Read

Heavy rain in Peru causes hundreds of victims and blocks road to Machu Pichu
The heavy rains that affect various Peruvian regions, have left more than ten thousand homeless and three hundred hectares of crops flooded. Read

Bolivia- natural events leave thousands homeless
The endless rain in the country has left so far 6,565 families homeless in 89 municipalities. Read

At least one child is among the dead as heavy rains bring lethal landslides to parts of La Paz. Watch

Heavy storms cause deadly floods in Ecuador
Winter storms on Moday have caused rivers to flood and sent mud to cascading down mountainsides. Watch

People from the Milagro community in Ecuador ask for help after floods
 Food, bottled water and fumigation products are urgent requirements claimed by the inhabitants in the various sectors Read

Other Disasters Related News
Tourist spots in northern Chile closed by flooding
The main tourist attractions of San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile were closed due to heavy rains. Read

Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states to discuss funding climate change adaptation
This workshop aims to bring together international and regional experts to discuss and explore carbon financing opportunities. Read

The North Atlantic Oscillation - key factor in producing far more snow than normal in the Eastern United States
Usually the dominant input for a seasonal forecast is the current and forecast state of the El Niño/Southern Oscillation in the Pacific; however, in both of the last two years, the Atlantic's NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation) has been the key factor in producing far more snow than normal in the Eastern United States. NAO cycles are generally much shorter than ENSO cycles and are much harder to forecast months in advance. Read