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ene 23 2013

White Island Volcanic Activity Concerns New Zealan

Wellington, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina)New Zealand scientists say they are concerned about growing volcanic unrest since 1990 at an active under water volcano.

While visiting White Island experts from the Vulacanologist National Agency found hydrothermal activity had increased.

For that reason they recomend to take all preventive actions in case of and eruption.

The state of unrest at White Island was increasing and past activity indicated that future eruptions could occur with little or no warning,

Seismicity continued to show elevated levels of volcanic tremor, which was likely generated by the processes driving the vigorous hydrothermal activity.

Volcanologists have been warning that New Zealand could be entering a period of increased volcanic activity.

In the native language of the island the volcano carries the name of Whakari or Dramático and according to geological estimates it is 200 thousand years old.

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ene 23 2013

Poland Records 19 Deaths from Cold since Beginning of 2013

Warsaw, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) The low temperatures recorded since the beginning of this year left at least 19 dead in Poland, where heavy snowfall last weekend caused three deaths, local authorities said Monday.

Four other people died in the last 24 hours due to the fires caused by home bad heating systems, said an Interior Ministry spokesman.

The agency reported that the cold has caused about 90 deaths since the beginning of winter in November, so the Ministry called on people to pay attention to the homeless, the elderly and those living alone.

These groups are the most exposed to the effects of cold on the European nation, where last weekend the thermometer fell to 10 degrees below zero.

At the same time, officers often patrol the places usually used by homeless, who are taken to shelters.

The ministry also urged caution in the use of coal stoves, because since the start of the winter season dozens of people have lost their lives by inhalation of toxic gases.

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ene 22 2013

Uruguayan Authorities Warn About Dengue Vectors

Montevideo, Jan 22 (Prensa Latina) The Public Health Ministry issued a warning about dengue cases in neighboring countries and urged people to take preventive measures and fight the Aedes aegypti mosquito, vector of the disease.

Health officials are preparing a contingency manual for hospitals with details of how to proceed with possible dengue cases.

They asked people to prevent the spread of dengue, because measures like fumigation alone are insufficient.

In a recent tour to interior regions of the country, officials of the Ministry of Public Health found larvae of Aedes aegypti, but without cases of dengue registered.

Concern grew in the last hours with reports of cases detected in Brazil and Paraguay.

The director of the Vectors’ Unit of Zoonosis from the Ministry of Health, Gabriela Willat, told local media she could not explain how there are still no cases of the disease in Uruguay.

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ene 22 2013

Alarm in Southern Brazil for Increased Dengue Fever Cases

Brasilia, Jan 21 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian health authorities adopted today emergency measures in the southern state of Mato Grosso do Sul due to the epidemic of dengue fever registered in that territory, after the rains of recent weeks.

So far 7,697cases were reported, but every day there are more than 600 patients, which prompted the health ministry to intensify the campaign to eliminate the mosquito Aedes aegypti, stressed sources of Campo Grande’s mayor, capital of this territory.

It is also expected the hiring of 160 additional health workers and step up work of debris removal and street cleaning in order to eradicate mosquito nests.

The mayor, Alcides Bernal, confirmed the seriousness of the situation and announced thay work to combat the Aedes aegypti and prevent the deaths.

Apart from Campo Grande, in the neighboring city of Vitoria, in the state of Espirito Santo, it was reported an increase in dengue cases with more than 500,000 patients in this month.

So far, according to federal authorities, two people have died in the country because of dengue fever.

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ene 22 2013

Venezuela Makes Progress in Strategy Against Floods

Caracas, Jan 21 (Prensa Latina) The 79 percent of Venezuelan communities that are vulnerable to flooding are today under control, after piping work, bank stabilization and rectification of channels, which made he ministry of Environment (Minamb) in 2012.

According to a note from the ministry, during the past year such works were performed in more than 30 rivers, creeks and streams in nine states.

The scope of work reached 64.18 kilometers of various tributaries of the states of Vargas, Apure, Falcón, Miranda, Mérida, Trujillo, Merida and Zulia, in order to avoid possible flooding, in addition to protect the inhabitants that live in the surrounding communities.

For the execution of such works, the Government approved 335 139 000 bolivars (77.9 million dollar), an amount that also was enough to to rehabilitate existing dams in Lara, Guárico, Aragua and Falcon, which improved storage capacity and water supply in these areas.

According to the Minamb, these actions will continue execution during 2013, with the aim of progressively stabilize and control the channel of all rivers and streams in the country.

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ene 22 2013

Heavy Snow Forces to Cancel Hundreds of Flights in Europe

Brussels, Jan 21 (Prensa Latina) Snowfall affecting several European nations on Monday caused flight cancellations in Belgium, Spain, France, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands, and the closure of roads and disruption of rail services.

Zaventem International airport in Brussels, warned on its website of possible flight delays due to the tasks of aircraft deicing and snow removal of the runways.

Halfway through the day, flights from Rome, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Prague and the German cities of Frankfurt, Munich and Hamburg, and the British Birmingham and London had been canceled.

The snowstorm forced the cancellation of a dozen flights between Spanish airport of Barajas (Madrid) and French Charles de Gaulle, the British Heathrow and German Frankfurt.

In Germany, the international airports of Frankfurt and Munich, the largest in the country, announced the suspension of more than 300 flights due to the big freeze suffered by the first and heavy snow that have affected the second in the last 24 hours.

Hundreds of flights were suspended preventively at the two main airports in Paris, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, at the announcement of a new front with snow, which also caused multiple road traffic restrictions.

About 130 trips were canceled also in Heathrow, the busiest airport in the UK and the one with more air traffic in Europe, due to poor visibility, while other British terminals also have affectations.

According to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, 300 of the 900 flights scheduled today at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport were suspended, and the airline KLM reported on its Web Site disruption of most trips to Europe.

The company Eurostar, which connects high-speed rail in the UK with France and Belgium, annulled some of their connections, while the consortium Thalys warned that rail traffic could be disrupted between cities like Brussels, Paris and the German city of Cologne.

According to weather forecasts, the cold snap affecting the region from January 12 will continue until later this month, with further decreases in temperature.

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ene 22 2013

Indonesia floods in capital kill 20, affect about 250,000 others

Jakarta, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) Heavy floods in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta since Tuesday have killed 20 and affected about 250,000 people, an official said here on Monday.

On Monday, the floods have receded in most of the affected areas, but in North Jakarta, the waters remain submerged in some areas, Lukman Hakim, official in charge at the national disaster management and mitigation agency told Xinhua over phone.

“The latest data that we have today (Monday) showed that 20 people have been killed by the floods,” Nelis Zuliansri , spokesperson of the agency told Xinhua over phone. “They were killed by electricity shocks and being drawn,” she said.

Lukman said that the floods have affected 249, 154 people.

The floods have been caused by a five-year cycle of monsoon rain, according to the meteorology and geophysics agency.

The disaster paralyzed business and official activities in Jakarta on Thursday as it inundated business centers and government official buildings.

Jakarta policymakers have declared an emergency status by up to Jan. 27.

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ene 21 2013

Ecuador Intensifies Dengue Prevention Measures

Quito, Jan 21 (Prensa Latina) The Ecuadorian government is intensifying its measures today to eradicate and prevent dengue, especially in coastal provinces, after the start of the rainy season, through the use of a highly effective larvicide that is less toxic.
According to reports, the National Malaria Eradication Services (NMES) of the Ministry of Public Health will be using the Cuban larvicide Bactivec to be delivered over two years in the seven provinces at risk.

Bactivec, produced in Cuba’s Labiofam laboratories, is a fast-acting larvicide, mainly used in campaigns for the prevention of dengue in many countries of the world, because it neither alters the ecosystem nor has it caused severe or chronic toxicity in humans or animals.

The Bactivec larvicide is effective for the control of mosquito larvae, mosquitoes and black flies that transmit diseases like dengue, malaria, filariasis and encephalitis. Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae are highly susceptible to this product. After registering the first rains in the Guayas province, the inhabitants of the popular areas of the province and other coastal areas of the country are concerned about the proliferation of the Aedes Aegyptis mosquito that transmits dengue.

The National Malaria Eradication Service (NMES) has taken preventive measures since last November, giving the population of Guayaquil and Manabi the Bactivec larvicide, an effective product that is not toxic.

Dr. Efrain Beltran, director of NMES, said the goal is to reduce the spread of the mosquitoes that transmit dengue and malaria, which not only depends on the spraying but also on the cooperation of citizens. Beltran stressed that the Aedes Aegyptis grows inside houses in water tanks or containers with clean water and only bites during the day, unlike other mosquitoes such as Culex or Anopheles breeding in ponds or ditches with dirty water that bite in the evening.

The larvicide imported from Cuba, contains a bacillus called Thuringiensis israelensis that kills mosquito larvae in about 24 hours and the campaign will target the domestic control of potential breeding sites.

The NMES is using the product to combat mosquito Aedes aegypti and dengue as part of its Winter Biological Control Plan since November 2012.

A total of 80 Cuban advisers are serving in the provinces of El Oro, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Guayas and Manabi.

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ene 21 2013

Heavy Floods in Indonesia Killed 15 People

Jakarta, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) At least 15 dead and more than 200.000 people affected are the preliminary consequences of the heavy floods occurred in the last hours in Indonesia, as reported by Jakarta Post newspaper.

Sutoro Purwo, spokesman for the Indonesian Disaster Management Agency, said the phenomenon should last even to February and the most affected areas are the capital region and surrounding areas.

He added that water covers about 10 percent of Jakarta with serious affectations to 250.000 people and there are 97.000 households in remote places and poor conditions likely to the development of epidemic.

For three days the heavy rains have caused landslides due to an unusual temporal stage, according to the Agency.

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ene 18 2013

WHO: Dengue Fever Fastest Spreading Tropical Disease

Geneva, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) Dengue fever is the fastest spreading tropical illness worldwide, and its incidence has multiplied by 30 in the past 50 years, according to a report from the World Health Organization.

At least 2 million cases were registered yearly in 100 countries, mainly in Asia, Africa and Latin America, with 5,000 to 6,000 deaths reported, adds the document.

However, the real number of people infected is estimated to be higher, as the illness have spread to all continents, said WHO expert Raman Velayudhan.

The dengue fever threat exists in the entire planet, said Velayudhan in a press conference to present the UN Second Global Report on Neglected Tropical Diseases.

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