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How can Peru prepare to withstand more devastating floods and landslides?

Radio training on natural disasters

A THREE-DAY training workshop was conducted by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and the Fiji Navy to instruct officers on how to operate high frequency radio technology during natural disasters when other means of communication are unavailable.

The workshop at Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua, which ended on Wednesday, was supported by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and the Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).

It was organised to support the recent upgrade by the Pacific emergency telecommunications cluster of the high frequency…

 

How can Peru prepare to withstand more devastating floods and landslides?

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El Niño-fuelled flash floods and landslides hit parts of Lima last month. Photograph: Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty

For most Peruvians, this year’s floods have been the worst in living memory. Ten times the usual amount of rain has fallen on Peru’s coast, swelling rivers which caused widespread flooding, and triggering huge landslides which tore through shanty towns.

More than 100 people have died, nearly 158,000 are displaced and 210,000 homes are damaged, according to Peru’s emergency operations centre. The country’s infrastructure took a big hit: 260 bridges collapsed and nearly 3,000km of roads are unusable, cutting off hundreds of villages and towns.

Peru’s rainy season falls broadly in the first quarter of every year. It is also known as “landslide season”, but few can remember huaycos, as…

 

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