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Evaluation of the effects of the global financial crisis at macro-level and on vulnerable households in Nicaragua

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The global financial crisis is creating a major recession in both developed and developing countries. According to a recent report from the International Monetary Fund, Nicaragua is considered at 'medium' vulnerability to negative effects of the financial crisis at macrolevel, based on its current GDP growth and financial reserves. However, GDP growth, trade balance and national debt are expected to worsen due to the high dependence of the country's economy on the United States for exports ('maquilas' especially in the garment sector, coffee, seafood)

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USA: Statement on federal disaster assistance for Maine

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Maine and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes during the period of July 18 to August 16, 2008.

Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes in the counties of Androscoggin, Cumberland, and York.

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CWS Appeal: 2008 U.S. Hurricanes

CWS previously opened appeals for Hurricanes Dolly and Fay. The pace of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season has rapidly increased. CWS now issues this appeal to include all monies previously received for Dolly and Fay, to receive support for future responses to Atlantic hurricanes.

Hurricane Gustav inflicted little damage on New Orleans but Louisiana's southern parishes and bayous were hard hit. Early estimates suggest damage at around $10 billion, a number that will likely flux as evacuees return.

Gustav served as another reminder of

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México: Declara SEGOB fin de la emergencia en 17 municipios del Estado de Tamaulipas

- Se destinaron: Despensas, Cobertores, Colchonetas, Láminas Galvanizadas, Litros de Agua, Kit's de Limpieza y de Aseo.

La Coordinación General de Protección Civil de la Secretaría de Gobernación dio a conocer hoy el Aviso de Término de la Declaratoria de Emergencia que emitió el pasado 22 de julio de 2008 con el Boletín 191/08 para los municipios de: Abasolo, Aldama, Burgos, Camargo, Cruillas, Guerrero, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, Matamoros, Méndez, Mier, Miguel Alemán, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, Río Bravo, San Fernando, Soto la Marina y Valle Hermoso del Estado de Tamaulipas.

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USA: Neighbors helping neighbors

Florida residents help their neighbors during disasters

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - As Tropical Storm Fay continues to threaten Florida and neighboring states, the American Red Cross has over 500 workers providing food and shelter, the majority of them residents of Florida.

More hurricanes have hit Florida than other state in this country. There is a list of over 450 that have affected weather and lives in the Sunshine State. In the last 157 years, there have been only 18 years without a hurricane impacting the state. Florida storms

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


© Copyright, The American National Red Cross. All Rights Reserved.

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Pakistan + 1 other
CWS Hotline - 11 Aug 2008: Pakistan, USA

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Pakistan

At least 60 people have died in the past week from flooding in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, which borders Afghanistan. Heavy flooding washed away hundreds of houses, leaving thousands of people homeless. More than 3,000 homes have been either damaged or destroyed. Roads have washed away or are impassable, crops and agricultural lands are destroyed, livestock have been killed and communications have been interrupted.

Church World Service has been distributing both food and non-food items, including food packages, tents and hygiene

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USA: CWS appeal - Hurricane Dolly

Needs are becoming apparent by the day as flood waters begin to recede following Hurricane Dolly, a category-2 storm that struck south Texas. The July 23 storm caused more than $750 million in damage and flooded more than 1,500 homes.

Survivors in Cameron , Hidalgo and Willacy Counties are eligible for individual federal assistance. However, because of south Texas' proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border, a significant number of individuals with needs will not likely seek out federal help.

CWS Response

Material resources

CWS provided 210 CWS Baby Kits, 210 CWS

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United States of America: First disaster assistance dollars flow to Texans hurt by Dolly

Release Number: 1780-004

McALLEN, Texas -- Disaster assistance dollars are already flowing to help the Rio Grande Valley recover from Hurricane Dolly.

As of close of business Monday, nearly $2.7 million has been approved in federal/state disaster assistance for residents of Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties. The money is intended to assist in meeting the immediate housing needs and replace lost personal property.

"We are beginning to see much needed help for Texans," said State Coordinating Officer Frank Cantu.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency

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USA: Community supports Red Cross Hurricane Dolly shelters

When disaster strikes, the American Red Cross is there to provide emergency relief to those affected by the disaster. Often the Red Cross disaster relief efforts are a focal point for an outpouring of spontaneous community support that complements what the Red Cross is doing.

After Hurricane Dolly roared through the Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas forcing residents from their homes, the Red Cross set up several shelters to temporarily house them. Throughout the area individuals, civic groups, and municipalities stepped forward

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


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USA: Local Catholic charities serves nearly 30,000 victims of Hurricane Dolly in two days

Alexandria, VA-Catholic Social Services (CSS) of the Diocese of Brownsville, TX, helped nearly 30,000 victims of Hurricane Dolly in the first two days of operation at its four community resources.

These sites-which are expected to remain open through Saturday-are located in Cameron, Hidalgo, and Wilacy Counties. They are providing water, food, clean up buckets, rakes, shovels, gloves, personal care kits, and other items to meet the community's needs. Volunteer physicians at the sites are also addressing the medical needs of victims.

'By combining all the resources of local

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USA: Statement on federal disaster assistance for Idaho

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Idaho and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by flooding during the period of May 15 to June 9, 2008.

Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the flooding in Kootenai and Shoshone Counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

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USA: Red Cross partners with Catholic Charities to aid Hurricane Dolly victims in south Texas

by Allen Crabtree, American Red Cross

To help victims of Hurricane Dolly, the American Red Cross has partnered with Catholic Charities USA of the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Together they have established four bulk distribution sites in the Rio Grande Valley to help meet the emergency needs of Hurricane Dolly victims. The Red Cross is providing clean-up kits and personal care supplies for those impacted by the disaster, while the Catholic Charities are providing water, basic food essentials and other items to meet the needs of those impacted by Hurricane Dolly.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


© Copyright, The American National Red Cross. All Rights Reserved.

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Liberia + 2 others
UMCOR Hotline 29 Jul 2008: U.S., Kenya, Liberia

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US: HURRICANE DOLLY RESPONSE

UMCOR is responding with an emergency grant to help the Southwest Texas Annual Conference and others recover from Hurricane Dolly which made landfall in the southwest coastal region of Texas on July 23.

The storm, which was later downgraded from hurricane status to a tropical storm, blew 100 mph winds across southern Texas leaving hundreds of thousands without power and forcing about 3,000 people into temporary shelters. The tropical storm affected 14 counties and dropped as much as 20 inches of rain causing major flooding, power

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México: Declara SEGOB emergencia para el municipio de Juárez del Estado de Chihuahua

Se activan recursos del FONDEN para dar atención inmediata a la población afectada.

La Coordinación General de Protección Civil de la Secretaría de Gobernación emitió hoy una Declaratoria de Emergencia para el municipio de Juárez del Estado de Chihuahua por la ocurrencia de inundación atípica el día 26 de julio de 2008, con lo que se activan los recursos del Fondo Revolvente del Fondo de Desastres Naturales (FONDEN) para dar atención inmediata a la población damnificada.

A partir de esta Declaratoria, las autoridades contarán con recursos del Fondo Revolvente del FONDEN para atender las

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CWS Hotline - 28 Jul 2008: USA,China,OPT

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Texas

Hurricane Dolly hit south Texas/north Mexico on Wednesday as a Category 2 hurricane, but has since weakened as it moved inshore. South Texas has been declared a disaster area following heavy rainfall and strong winds.

Church World Service is in touch with denominational partners in the affected areas, and is providing an initial 400 Emergency Clean-up Buckets, 150 CWS Blankets, 455 Hygiene Kits, 210 Baby Kits, and 210 School Kits via Catholic Social Services in San Juan, TX. CWS stands ready to further assist partners in affected areas as needed.

China

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USA: Texas welcomes help from American Red Cross following Hurricane Dolly

Volunteer Workers Spreading Out in Southern Texas

by Beth Boone

Sunday, July 27, 2008 - Communities from South Padre to Laredo are breathing a sigh of relief following the departure of Tropical Depression Dolly. Dolly hit South Padre Island on Wednesday, July 23, 2008, as a Category 2 Hurricane, and brought fierce winds and buckets of rain with her to Southeast Texas. Dolly weakened as she traveled across the state, but left plenty of damaged communities in her wake. American Red Cross workers have moved people and supplies farther into affected areas as areas are deemed safe.

American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


© Copyright, The American National Red Cross. All Rights Reserved.

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Mexico + 1 other
Mexico/USA: Floods in the Wake of Hurricane Dolly (as of 26 Jul 2008)

Coastlines can either evolve slowly, as a beach builds or erodes wave by wave, or they can change all at once in one mighty storm. Barrier islands are particularly prone to sudden change because the take the brunt of severe storms. Even the relatively mild Hurricane Dolly, which came ashore on July 23 as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of about 160 kilometers per hour (100 miles per hour), brought noticeable changes to the Texas coastline. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying on NASA's Aqua satellite captured the top image on July
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USA: Hurricane Dolly response - Catholic charities focuses on food and shelter

Alexandria, VA-Providing food and shelter for victims of Hurricane Dolly are top priorities for Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) and Catholic Social Services (CSS) of the Diocese of Brownsville, TX. The Category 2 Hurricane tore across southeastern Texas Wednesday, packing 100 mile/hour winds and causing flooding and widespread power outages.

"Many people have lost their food because of flooding and lack of electricity," said Kim Burgo, senior director of disaster response for Catholic Charities USA.

CCUSA is working with America's Second

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Guatemala + 1 other
PAHO Weekly Report 19 - 25 Jul 2008


GUATEMALA – FLOODING

Three days of heavy rains in Guatemalacaused flooding and landslides in the province of Zacapa. The m unicipalityof La Unionis the most heavily affected.

To date, there are 20 confirmed deaths in Zacapa and 2 in Guatemala City. There are currently 3,368 persons in shelters, a number that is expected to increase.

The National Coordinator for the Reduction of Disasters (CONRED) has partially activated the Emergency Operations Center. An evaluation of probable areas for landslides is underway, and urban areas of Zacapa are being evacuated.