The Paraguayan capital Asuncion has been hit by floods caused by the rising waters in the Paraguay River; more than 48,000 people have been displaced by the disaster, according to the country’s Ministry of National Emergencies.
Environmental organisations are discussing the possibility of filing an international legal complaint against the Jirau and Santo Antônio hydroelectric dams built by Brazil, which they blame for the disaster that has already cost 59 lives in Bolivia and material losses of 111 million dollars this year, according to the Fundación Milenio.
The reconstruction plan for the affected areas by natural disasters in Bolivia will incorporate a medium-term development strategy, said the Development Planning Minister, Viviana Caro.
Bolivia is suffering from weeks of heavy rains that are causing rivers to swell, homes to flood, and crops to rot. More than 58,000 families have been affected over the past month, according to official counts, with 56 people reported dead.
Unabating flood waters in parts of Bolivia kill more than 50 people. At least 56 people have been killed and more than 50,000 affected by heavy rains and severe flooding across parts of Bolivia.
Latin America is likely to see more floods, as the effects of climate change make themselves felt. Already highly vulnerable to natural hazards, the region will be one of the most affected by increased droughts, reduced arable lands and the possible loss of low lying regions caused by climate change.
WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud has saluted the work of the International International Research Centre on El Niño/Southern Oscillation (CIIFEN) as a centre of excellence and expertise on a phenomenon which has a major impact on our climate.
More than 20 people have died in Haiti in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaac, said the Department of Civil Protection of this Caribbean country. According to news agencies, the figure includes the death of a 10-year-old, victim of the collapse of a wall of her house in the west province. Recent official reports indicate…
The governor of Acre, the Brazilian state on the border with Peru and Bolivia, recently launched the country’s first plan for the conservation of water resources in the Amazon basin which has with the fifth part of the drinking water reserves in the world. The set of measures announced in the city of Rio Branco…