Latin America News - Emergency

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March 3, 2016
Red Cross readies forecast-based action as heavy rains blamed on El Niño lash Peru
The Peruvian Red Cross is assisting 2,000 families as part of its German-supported ‘Forecast-based Financing’ (FbF) programme as heavy rain and flash floods blamed on El Niño sweep across more than half the country’s administrative regions.
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March 2, 2016
Peru Floods – Forecast Based Financing Allows Swift Humanitarian Response
Over the last few days, floods have affected northern regions of Piura and Tumbes, and southern regions of Puno, Apurímac and Cuzco. At least 2 people have died and 1 is missing. Forecast-based financing (FBF) releases humanitarian funding based on forecast information for planned activities which reduce risks , enhance preparedness and response, and make disaster risk management overall more effective.
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February 18, 2016
Ministry of Health declares sanitation emergency for oil spills
The Ministry of Health declared a water quality emergency after two oil spills in the Amazonas and Loreto regions of Peru have contaminated water resources for local populations. The oil released from two breaches in the Northern Peruvian Pipeline operated by the state oil firm Petroperu has stretched through multiple districts.
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August 21, 2015
Improving disaster preparedness in Nicaragua: "My school is safer now"
The main risks these children face at school are hurricanes, floods, fires, and the danger of being carried away by strong currents of water when crossing bridges on their way to school and back. To face these risks, training is key, as can be seen at the evacuation drills regularly organised at the school. There, all the girls – like Rubí – know what their role is and how to respond to floods and hurricanes.
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March 27, 2015
Mexico, the Philippines and why women are key to resilience
Following the #HerDay2015 Twitter discussions around International Women's Day and the Third U.N. Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, it seems an appropriate time to consider an important question: What is the role of women in reducing the risk of disaster?