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24 Sep 2009 description

Washington/Nairobi, 24 September 2009 -The pace and scale of climate change may now be outstripping even the most sobering predictions of the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC).

An analysis of the very latest, peer-reviewed science indicates that many predictions at the upper end of the IPCC's forecasts are becoming ever more likely.

Meanwhile, the newly emerging science points to some events thought likely to occur in longer-term time horizons, as already happening or set to happen far sooner than had previously been thought.

Researchers have …

05 Sep 2008 description

Release Number: 1773-064

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Nearly $6.8 million in disaster aid has been approved in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for Missouri residents and businesses suffering damage from the severe storms and flooding between June 1 and Aug. 13, state and federal officials announced Friday.

Below is a recovery summary as of the close of business Sept.

22 Aug 2008 description

Release Number: 1773-057

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State and federal officials announce that more than $5.2 million in disaster aid has been approved for Missouri residents who suffered losses and damages from the flooding that occurred between June 1 and July 18.

Recovery summary (as of the close of business Aug. 21) for the Individual Assistance program is as follows: (includes counties of Andrew, Cass, Clark, Gentry, Greene, Holt, Johnson, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, Marion, Nodaway, Pike, Ralls, St.

18 Aug 2008 description

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Republic of Georgia

"With United Nations estimates as high as 100,000 people displaced by this conflict, the time to help can no longer wait," says CWS Emergency Response Program Director Donna Derr. Hostilities between Russian and Georgian forces in the disputed region of South Ossetia, Georgia, and bombing in and around the Georgian capital of Tbilisi and the city of Gori, have caused many families to flee for shelter and safety.

15 Aug 2008 description

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State and federal officials announce that more than $4.5 million in disaster aid has been approved for Missouri residents who suffered losses and damages from the flooding that occurred between June 1 and July 18.

Recovery summary (as of the close of business August 14) for the Individual Assistance program is as follows: (includes counties of Andrew, Cass, Clark, Gentry, Greene, Holt, Johnson, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, Marion, Nodaway, Pike, Ralls, St.

12 Aug 2008 description

GEORGIA: EMERGENCY RESPONSE

UMCOR in Georgia is responding to the needs of those affected by the outbreak of conflict in Georgia.

08 Aug 2008 description

Release Number: 1763-143

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Gov. Chet Culver and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) will receive $3.3 million in FEMA grants.

"I am proud of the work of Iowa Homeland Security throughout this disaster," said Gov. Culver. "Their tireless efforts helped countless Iowans throughout the last three months. That is why I am proud to join with FEMA in announcing these new federal resources.

06 Aug 2008 description

Release Number: 1763-137

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Nearly $300 million in state and federal assistance has been approved for individuals, businesses and communities in Iowa recovering from disaster.

Officials from the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said that amount has been approved during the 70 days since a major federal disaster was declared May 27 for tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that began May 25.

Eighty counties in Iowa are now included in the disaster declaration; 63 counties are …

04 Aug 2008 description

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Indonesia

Since a devastating earthquake struck Indonesia's Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces in May 2006, Church World Service and two long-time local partners have been providing relief and rehabilitation assistance to people in affected villages.

The assistance has saved lives and enabled many people to advance on the road to full recovery.

01 Aug 2008 description

By Linda Bloom*

When Asbury United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ind., started sending work teams to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, its members never realized they would one day need the same kind of help.

That changed in early June when floodwaters swept through 37 counties in central Indiana and displaced more than 25,000 residents. One of the hardest hit communities was Columbus, where flooding shut down Columbus Regional Hospital and damaged schools, businesses and several hundred homes.

The Rev.

31 Jul 2008 description

Release Number: HQ-08-151

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S.

31 Jul 2008 description

By Andrew Stern

CHICAGO, July 31 (Reuters) - A $1.6 trillion bill is coming due across the United States as governments face the daunting task of repairing roads, bridges and other parts of an aging infrastructure.

It is a problem exacerbated by the floods that spread misery across the Midwest this year, and one bound to squeeze budgets hit by the economic downturn all the more.

State transportation officials in the flood zone say roads and bridges that did not wash away have been inspected and temporary repairs have made them passable.

But the cost of permanent repairs …

28 Jul 2008 description

Release Number: 1770-034

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Individuals and business owners are approved for more than $3 million in disaster aid to help in their recovery from the storms, tornadoes and flooding of May 22 to June 24, 2008, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced.

"There is still time to get help for damages related to the disaster," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Willie Nunn.

25 Jul 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 2.8 percent to a record 2 180 million tonnes. Most of the increase is in wheat following significant expansion in plantings in all regions. Coarse grains output is expected around the bumper level of last year but lower than earlier anticipated due to severe floods in the United States, the world's largest producer and exporter. Rice is tentatively forecast to increase slightly from last year's good level.

- Despite the anticipated increase in world output, cereal markets will remain tight in 2008/09.

25 Jul 2008 description

Release Number: 1763-115

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Today marks two months since a tornado ripped through Parkersburg and New Hartford, forever changing the lives and landscapes of those towns.

Following are some facts and figures on the state and federal response to that disaster.

- Federal help since the May 27 disaster declaration includes the distribution of tools and equipment, and loaning a mobile command vehicle to AmeriCorps (a voluntary agency funded by the federal government) for disaster response efforts in Butler County.

- There were 603 visits to the Disaster Recovery …

25 Jul 2008 description

Release Number: 1773-035

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State and federal officials announce that more than $2.4 million in disaster aid has been approved for Missouri residents who suffered losses and damages from the flooding that occurred between June 1 and July 18.

Recovery summary information is as follows: (includes counties of Andrew, Cass, Clark, Gentry, Greene, Holt, Johnson, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Livingston, Marion, Nodaway, Pike, Ralls, St.

21 Jul 2008 description

Chad

Almost 200,000 people in eastern Chad have been displaced as conflict within Chad has combined with both cross border violence and refugees from the war in the neighboring Darfur region of Sudan.

'The 'Darfur problem' is broader than Darfur,' says Japp Aantjes, a humanitarian worker with CWS-partner Lutheran World Federation.

The conflict in Darfur has become a regional one, and humanitarian needs stemming from the violence and suffering are affecting civilians in both countries.

18 Jul 2008 description

Release Number: 1773-025

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- State and federal officials announce that more that $1.4 million in disaster aid has been approved for Missouri residents who suffered losses and damages from the flooding that began on June 1.

Recovery summary information is as follows: (includes counties of Clark, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Gentry, Livingston, Marion, Pike, Ralls, and St.

18 Jul 2008 description

By Susan J. Meister

Dawn Martin pointed out one flooded home after another in Winfield and Foley, Missouri. "One of 'my kids' lives there," she said, sadly.

For the two weeks before the earthen levees failed in the river towns along the Mississippi River residents anticipated the coming floods and packed, moved and stored as many of their possessions as possible. Martin, youth director at nearby St. Stephen UMC, Troy, wanted to make sure the kids in the youth group got out of their homes and had a place to stay.

16 Jul 2008 description
report American Red Cross

by Eilene Guy

Responding to what Iowa Gov. Chet Culver called, 'the worst natural disaster in Iowa history,' the American Red Cross mounted a robust relief operation to bring aid to tens of thousands of Iowans affected by tornadoes and floods in the spring and early summer of 2008.

The governor's office reported that nearly 40,000 Iowans were displaced from their homes.