In February and March, heavy rain and floods have hit Acre in northern Brazil, 80,000 people have been severely affected in particular marginal communities and indigenous people.
According to authorities the Acre River exceeded its highest recorded height of 17.66 meters, reaching 18.40 meters.
The most affected people are communities on river banks and indigenous peoples, especially the Apurinã indigenous people of Pauini, near the Purus River in Amazonas.
Edwirges Nogueira reports on the scene Edited by: Lílian Beraldo / Olga Bardawil
The Ambassador of Brazil to Palestine His Excellency Paulo França, visited UNRWA’s Rimal Health Centre in Gaza City today to see the impact of Brazil’s medical support for Palestine refugees in Gaza.
•Federal Government: state of emergency in 8 municipalities of five States. Droughts, floods and heavy rains affecting the cities of Bahia, Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina. (fo.: defensa civil).
•Rio de Janeiro: Getulio Vargas Hospital is in emergency due to flooding caused by severe rains. Many streets were under water because of this storm that began on Sunday afternoon. (mc.: globo).
A large-scale tsunami response exercise will take place in the Caribbean on 25 March. The purpose of this exercise is to test the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, established in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). It is designed to evaluate the response capacity of Caribbean countries and adjacent regions* in the event of a dangerous tsunami. The organizers** of the test have prepared two scenarii.
RIO DE JANEIRO, 20 de marzo de 2015 (ACNUR) - Con el conflicto en Siria cumpliendo cuatro años este mes, la historia de cuatro hermanos refugiados en Brasil llama la atención por ser, al mismo tiempo, tan común como extraordinaria. Al igual que muchas, estuvo marcada por el miedo, por la separación y por la añoranza. Como pocas, sin embargo, terminó con un reencuentro y un final feliz.
Amazonas State, Municipality of Boca de Acre, due to recent floods the Federal Government declares state of public calamity. (os.: Defensa-Civil).
Drought, 12 municipalities of the states of Minas and Espíritu Santo are in state of emergency. (mc.: AGENCIA-BRASIL).
FAO-Brazil partnership promises fight against global malnutrition pandemic through school nutrition
Drought. The National Secretariat of Defense, Civil Defense and the Ministry of National Integration have declared Emergency due to the drought in Alto Alegre, Amajari, Iracema, and Mucajaí, in Roraima. This will assist the process of reestablishing essential services and advancing the actions necessary for the response. (fo.: DEFENSA-CIVIL).
The Federal Government has declared emergency situation in 70 municipalities in Pernambuco and more than 201 cities in Paraíba due to drought. (o.s.: BRASIL-GOV).
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
In October 2014, 62 per cent of families in northern region of La Paz department slowly started to be affected by hail and thunderstorms; thirty-seven per cent of families were affected by heavy rains. Floods are occurring in the northern part of the country (north of La Paz department, Beni and Pando in particular). The National Information System (SINAGER) of the VIDECI indicated in its 24 February 2014 report that 76 municipalities had been affected, of which 39 declared a state of emergency.
Paula Laboissière reports from Agência Brasil, Edited by: Valéria Aguiar / Nira Foster
According to Brazil's Health Ministry, 224.1 thousand cases of dengue fever have been registered all across the country this year—a rise of 162% from the first two months of 2014.
Sao Paulo, Brazil | | Friday 3/13/2015 - 06:48 GMT
by Natalia RAMOS
"Good day, my name is Mouaz." The Portuguese is rudimentary, but the effort is sincere.
The young man at a Sao Paulo mosque left the horrors of the Syrian civil war for a new life in Brazil, and he's adapting as well as he can.
The South American giant has been home for some decades to a sizeable Arab diaspora, and 1,700 Syrians have joined their ranks over the past four years.
By Mario Osava
SÃO PAULO , Mar 10 2015 (IPS) - Six million people in Brazil’s biggest city, São Paulo, may at some point find themselves without water. The February rains did not ward off the risk and could even aggravate it by postponing rationing measures which hydrologists have been demanding for the last six months.
The threat is especially frightening for millions of people who have flocked here from Brazil’s poorest region, the semi-arid Northeast, many of whom fled the droughts that are so frequent there.
LLUVIAS INTENSAS: Nuevos registros de inundaciones en Argentina, Brasil y Perú, tras las fuertes lluvias y desborde de ríos.
ACTIVIDAD VOLCÁNICA: Un total de 3,385 personas fueron evacuadas de sus hogares tras la erupción del volcán Villarrica, en Chile. En Nicaragua, dos explosiones en el volcán San Cristóbal fueron registradas.
CHIKUNGUNYA: Autoridades de la ciudad de Esmeraldas declararon estado de emergencia ante la propagación del virus chikungunya.
HEAVY RAINS: Brazil and Argentina are experiencing flooding caused by rains and over flooding of rivers.
VOLCANIC ACTIVITY: About 3,385 people were evacuated from their homes as a result of the explosions from the Villarrica Volcano, in Chile. In Nicaragua, two explosions were registered from the San Cristobal Volcano.
CHIKUNGUNYA: Authorities declared state of emergency for the city of Esmeraldas due to the spread of the chikungunya virus.
“To prevent and to mitigate the risks of disasters together with the population is the main lesson we have learned in the past years”, says Ederson Franco, Deputy Chief of Civil Defense in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Sao Paulo, Brazil | | Saturday 3/7/2015 - 01:02 GMT
Cases of dengue fever are on the rise in Sao Paulo, with a nearly eightfold increase that saw 24 people die in Brazil's most populous state so far this year, the health ministry said Friday.
The mosquito-borne infectious tropical disease comes as Sao Paulo state and the southeast of the country suffer water shortages in the wake of the worst, months-long drought in living memory.