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Montevideo, May 24th 2024 - 04:19 UTC


  • Thursday, May 23rd 2024 - 10:26 UTC

    Agricultural emergency decreed in Uruguay

    Producers still need to measure their losses, Mattos explained

    Uruguayan authorities have declared a 120-day agricultural emergency to deal with the consequences of severe floods hitting parts of the country. The weather phenomenon is a geographical continuation of the one that hit the Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Sul killing some 175 people with several dozens still unaccounted for.

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  • Tuesday, May 21st 2024 - 10:59 UTC

    Rio Grande do Sul still far from recovering from floods

    Porto Alegre's Salgado Filho continues not to be operational but flights are serving an Air Force base nearby

    Brazilian authorities have released a new report updating the number of casualties in the storm-hit State of Rio Grande do Sul to 157 with 88 people still missing and some 650,000 others displaced.

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  • Wednesday, May 15th 2024 - 16:45 UTC

    Brazil allows unrestricted entry of international donations and used equipment for Rio Grande do Sul

    Brazil allows unrestricted entry of international donations and used equipment for Rio Grande do Sul

    Given the calamity conditions in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, because of the floods and prospects of further rainfall, leaving at least two million people displaced, the government of Brazil has allowed the unrestricted entry of international donations into RGdoS for the ensuing 30 days.

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  • Monday, May 13th 2024 - 10:55 UTC

    LatAm and Caribbean hit hard by crises stemming from El Niño and climate change, according to WMO

    Rio Grande do Sul's “catastrophe is a tragic reminder of how increasingly intense and frequent climate hazards undermine socioeconomic development,” Saulo explained

    The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) pointed out last week that Latin America and the Caribbean were going through a series of weather crises linked to the El Niño phenomenon and climate change. The current one in the Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Sul was one of the worst.

  • Monday, May 13th 2024 - 10:49 UTC

    Massive aid promised to Rio Grande do Sul to overcome floods of biblical proportions

    IDB president Goldfajn has anticipated a US$ 1 billion package

    The Inter American Development Bank, IDB, has announced a package of emergency measures, plus humanitarian aid and special credits for rebuilding infrastructure in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul currently suffering from the worst floods in a century, with hundreds dead and disappeared, and over a million of the eleven million population forcibly displaced.

  • Monday, May 13th 2024 - 10:48 UTC

    Brazil to buy rice from Mercosur countries to feed storm-hit Rio Grande do Sul

    “We're going to have to import rice from Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina,” Lula said upon announcing the initiative

    Brazil's National Supply Company (Conab) has been entrusted with purchasing one million tons of rice to feed the people of Rio Grande do Sul and avoid the intervention of middle people seeking a black market profit from the victims of the unprecedented storms. Under normal circumstances, Rio Grande do Sul accounts for 70% of Brazil's rice production.

  • Saturday, May 11th 2024 - 10:50 UTC

    Death toll in storm-hit Rio Grande do Sul updated to 116

    Assistance to places only reached by helicopter might be affected by rains during the weekend

    The total number of casualties in the Brazilian State of Rio Grande do Sul affected by unprecedented heavy rains has been updated to 116 as bad weather has been forecast to continue over the weekend. Volumes estimated to be around 115 millimeters would again put pressure on the already overflowing rivers, according to Presidential Information Minister Paulo Pimenta.

  • Friday, May 10th 2024 - 10:40 UTC

    India will host significant Antarctica research and environmental meetings

    India’s first Antarctic research station, Dakshin Gangotri, was established in 1983. At present, India operates two year-round research stations: Maitri (1989) and Bharati (2012).

    India through the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), will host the 46th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM 46) and the 26th Meeting of the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP 26) from May 20 to 30, 2024, in Kochi, Kerala. This is in line with India’s poise to facilitate constructive global dialogue on environmental stewardship, scientific collaboration, and cooperation in Antarctica.

  • Wednesday, May 8th 2024 - 10:37 UTC

    Rio Grande do Sul: Situation keeps getting worse

    Leite described the situation as a “catastrophe”

    According to the latest bulletin, 95 people have been killed so far in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul by the highly unusual heavy rains hitting the area since April 19, Agencia Brasil reported. Governor Eduardo Leite confirmed that 131 people were missing and at least 401 towns (out of 497 statewide) had been affected.

  • Tuesday, May 7th 2024 - 10:26 UTC

    Bird Flu in the Falklands: 23/24 season experience and planning for 24/25

    There is evidence to suggest that some birds have been exposed to HPAI over this season and have developed antibodies

    On Thursday 2 May the Wildlife Disease Response Group, which includes representatives from Falkland Islands Government, Falklands Conservation, Falkland Islands Tourist Board, Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, UK Ministry of Defense and other relevant stakeholders, met to discuss the 23/24 summer season specifically about the HPAI situation in the Falklands and the response to it.