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26 Jul 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2010.

In brief

Programme purpose: The secretariat of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in the Americas Zone seeks to provide all possible and relevant support to the 35 Red Cross Societies of the Americas, aiming to increase their capacities to reach and assist a greater number of vulnerable people living in high-risk conditions.

06 May 2010 description
report BioMed Central

Abstract

Background

Accurate malaria diagnosis is mandatory for the treatment and management of severe cases. Moreover, individuals with asymptomatic malaria are not usually screened by health care facilities, which further complicates disease control efforts. The present study compared the performances of a malaria rapid diagnosis test (RDT), the thick blood smear method and nested PCR for the diagnosis of symptomatic malaria in the Brazilian Amazon.

30 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: Support five National Societies in the Southern Cone and Brazil to effectively operationalize the Strategy 2010 and the Inter-American Plan 2007-2011.

26 Feb 2010 description

SILVER SPRING, Md. -In southeastern Brazil, residents are struggling to recover from recent torrential rains that fell in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Rio de Janeiro, causing heavy flooding and landslides, and forcing thousands from their homes, reported the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).

"Currently it is the rainy season in Brazil, so it is normal to experience a lot of rain," said Marcelo Cardoso, ADRA director for the South Brazil region.

08 Jan 2010 description

BRAZIL- Flooding/Mudslides

Persistent rainfall in the southeastern region of Brazil has caused widespread flooding and mudslides heavily affecting the State of Rio de Janeiro (Angra dos Reis)

The Civil Defense reports 74 deaths and more than 1,000 people evacuated and placed in shelters. There is still high risk of further mudslides likely to occur should rainfall persist in some areas. No damage on health facilities reported.

Firefighters and the Civil Defense are coordinating search and rescue operations, distribution of relief items and shelters for the affected population.

07 Jan 2010 description
report Xinhua

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Brazilian government announced on Thursday an emergency aid of 130 million reais (74.7 million U.S.

05 Jan 2010 description
report Voice of America

Officials in Brazil say at least 15 people are missing after a bridge collapsed over a rain-swollen river in the southeastern part of the country.

Authorities say the bridge over the River Jacui gave way Tuesday in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Heavy rains have battered Brazil's southeastern region, where mudslides have killed at least 80 people.

02 Jan 2010 description
  • Death toll jumps as more bodies found in Rio state

    * Weather improves, helping rescue efforts

    * Sao Paulo, Minas states also hit by heavy rain

    By Pedro Fonseca

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Rescue crews on Saturday intensified the search for victims at a plush Brazilian beach resort ravaged by mudslides and flooding that have killed at least 64 people in three states.

    Firefighters waded through mountains of mud and sifted through the remains of a lodge and homes that were destroyed in the early hours of Friday when a hillside collapsed in the luxury beach resort of …

01 Jan 2010 description
  • Heavy rain likely to continue, death toll seen rising

    * So far, authorities confirm 44 deaths this week

    * In Angra resort, hotel collapses, killing 22 (Recasts to add details, confirmation, death toll)

    By Alberto Alerigi Jr.

    SAO PAULO, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Mudslides and flooding killed at least 44 people in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state and authorities said on Friday that the death toll could climb with more heavy rains in the forecast.

    Twenty-two people were found dead on Friday after a small hotel and surrounding homes collapsed in the beach resort of Angra dos …

11 Dec 2009 description
report Xinhua

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rain in Brazil's key rice-producing state has caused losses of 700 million reais (about400 million U.S. dollars) to local rice farmers, it is said.

Over half of the 240,000 hectares of flooded rice farms in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul had not been planted yet, Rio Grande do Sul Rice Institute (Irga) said Friday.

The state produces nearly two thirds of the total rice output in Brazil.

The planting season, which was due to be over by Dec. 10, has been extended until Dec. 20.

01 Dec 2009 description

HIGHLIGHTS:

ARGENTINA: Heavy rains displaced over 10,000 people due to floods.

BRAZIL: Flooding from heavy rains has left more 15,400 people evacuated in Rio Grande do Sul.

URUGUAY: The rise in the Uruguay River's level left more than 6,000 evacuated.

FLOODS

Heavy rains have affected several countries in South America. In Argentina over 10,000 were evacuated.

27 Nov 2009 description
report Xinhua

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- The storms that have been lashing southern Brazil in the past few weeks have already caused 3.5 billion reais (2 billion U.S.

25 Nov 2009 description
report Xinhua

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian authorities on Wednesday confirmed one more death caused by the heavy rains which have hit the south of the country since last week, raising the total death toll to 11.

A 45-year-old man was hit to death by lightning in the town of Santo Antonio das Missoes, Rio Grande do Sul state.

In the state of Rio Grande do Sul, 48 of the 496 municipalities have declared a state of emergency, the authorities said.

Over 14,000 people had to leave their homes due to the floods.

13 Nov 2009 description
report Xinhua

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- The number of people who are forced to leave their homes due to the heavy rain which has been falling over several towns in Rio de Janeiro state, in Brazil's southeastern region, in the past two days reached 2,900, local authorities said on Friday.

The towns of Tres Rios, Tangua, Belford Roxo and Duque de Caxias have declared state of emergency due to the deluge. Tres Rios, in the state's southern region, has the highest number of homeless people, about 1,540, followed by Belford Roxo, Tangua, and Valenca.

02 Nov 2009 description

This note is compiled for The Risk Emergency Disaster Working Group for Latin America and the Caribbean (REDLAC) by the OCHA Regional Office through disaster monitoring and input from our Regional Humanitarian partners. This note does not intend to be an analytical tool, but a summary paper of key facts and actions reported by sources. Activities carried in affected countries are not limited to the ones reported here. Please check with sources for further information.