Bolivian Government Provides Aid for Rain Victims

Deputy Minister of Civil Defense Carlos Brú affirmed that the Bolivian government guarantees assistance to all those affected by the heavy rains that affect several departments of the country.

Brú added that the exact damages of the emergency are not still quantified because it is a developing phenomenon, while reiterating the government's willingness to help the victims.

He commented that, along with other institutions, the Vice Ministry of Civil Defense helps with the delivery of food, habitable tents and supports the deployment of the Armed Forces troops in the affected areas.

The official highlighted the timely disaster response system in Bolivia which is organized from the municipal, departmental and national levels.

In his appearance in the program El pueblo es noticia of Bolivia TV, he reiterated the call to the population made by the president, Evo Morales, that the first thing is to save life and then material goods.

The latest report from the authorities estimated that the families affected by the floods and landslides stands at 14,900.

Likewise, the main departments affected are La Paz, Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, Potosí and Tarija.

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Death Toll in Mexico Amounts to 39 After Storm Earl

Rains from tropical storm Earl which passed through the Mexican states of Puebla, Veracruz and Hidalgo last week, has left a death toll of 39, according to local press releases.

The government of Puebla reported in its latest press release that there were at least 28 dead in the region and more than 500 injured, Veracruz counted 10 and Hidalgo one.

The Municipal Head of Huauchinango (Puebla) also reported that landslides in La joya, Guadalupe, Aurora and La Cumbre had killed 13 people - seven children and six adults.

An adult also died on the road, and in the community of Xaltepec the collapse of a hill killed 11 people, while in the municipality of Tlaola three people were killed by landslides. An avalanche of stone and mud buried four people in Hidalgo, who were attending a family party in the municipality of Nicolás Flores in the region of the Sierra Gorda of the state, one of whom died.

The National Coordination of Civil Protection of the Interior Ministry declared as state of emergency in the municipalities of Huauchinango, Tlaola and Xicotepec.

The preliminary report of the Department of Civil Protection states that there were 10,600 victims in 29 municipalities in north, south and center of Veracruz, with over 2,000 homes affected.

The secretariat of Guerrero reported that rains from Friday to Sunday wreaked havoc on 116 homes in six municipalities, floods, river floods, fallen trees, landslides on road and 21 isolated localities.

President Enrique Peña Nieto has expressed his condolences through Twitter to relatives of the victims and assured that the federal government will continue working to support citizens and communities affected.

Yesterday Tropical Storm Javier formed in the Pacific Ocean along the coast of the states of Jalisco and Colima.

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Cuba: Severe Drought, Lack of Rain Trigger Water Saving Alert

The severe drought affecting Cuban aquifers and reservoirs given the extreme lack of rainfalls has led authorities to call for water-saving measures and other distribution strategies to cushion the tense situation.

The National Water Institute reported that by late July all its 242 dams were at 35 percent of their total capacity some 3 billion cubic meters, a volume well below the historic records for this period of the year.

The most affected Cuban provinces are central Ciego de Avila and Sancti Spiritus; eastern Granma, Las Tunas, Santiago de Cuba and Camaguey, and western Pinar del Rio.

Meanwhile, rainfall accumulates for July only reached 89.6 millimeters, meaning 67 percent of historic records.

The National Water Institute is taking actions to cushion the impact of these phenomena, particularly in the hardest hit areas, reads the report.

On Monday, the National Civil Defense also alerted on the low levels of reservoirs and the aquifers, which require a saving efforts by all sectors in the country.

The Civil Defense authorities activated temporary working teams in all provinces and municipalities to evaluate and control a series of measures in tune with the country’s disaster reduction plans, including the distribution of water to state entities and private businesses, the rehabilitation of supply networks and a restructuring in the water-supply program according to the situation of every territory.

15 Dead, 10,400 Families Affected by Rains in Bolivia

LA PAZ – At least 15 people died and some 10,400 families have suffered property damage as a result of the intense rains and flooding affecting Bolivia, especially six of the country’s nine regions, a government official said Sunday.

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