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Colombia Opens Camp for Venezuelan Migrants

Colombia Opens Camp for Venezuelan Migrants More than 2.3 million have left Venezuela in the last three years Colombia opened a migrant camp in Bogota this week for the increasing number of Venezuelans fleeing their country’s economic and humanitarian crises. The Colombian government consulted with the French

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PQMD Members Responding to California Wildfires

PQMD Members Responding to California Wildfires In response to what has become the deadliest series of wildfires in California history, several PQMD members are actively responding with aid and financial contributions. Direct Relief, who responds each year to California wildfires, recently made their entire wildfire inventory available

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CDC Director Warns Latest Ebola Outbreak Could Become Entrenched

CDC Director Warns Latest Ebola Outbreak Could Become Entrenched Outbreak in DRC’s North Kivu Province Not Contained Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said this week that the latest Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo may not be controlled and potentially become entrenched.

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Children Dying at Unprecedented Rate in Latest Ebola Outbreak

Children Dying at Unprecedented Rate in Latest Ebola Outbreak Poor conditions at traditional healers considered cause The health ministry of the Democratic Republic of Congo announced over the weekend that children are dying at an unprecedented rate in the latest Ebola outbreak. Officials believe poor sanitary conditions

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U.N. Worker Infected as Ebola Crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo Continues

U.N. Worker Infected as Ebola Crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo Continues  The head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced last week that a U.N. employee based in Beni tested positive for Ebola. This is the first such incident during

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Local Leaders Proven to Play a Role in Response to Africa Health Crises

Local Leaders Proven to Play a Role in Response to Africa Health Crises The latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe’s cholera epidemic and other continuing health crises in Africa further demonstrate the need for cooperative engagement from multiple agencies and individuals to

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Typhoon Mangkhut Strikes Philippines and China

Typhoon Mangkhut Strikes Philippines and China Several PQMD Members Preparing to Respond Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall on Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines, on Saturday morning. The storm, with sustained winds over 120 mph, took 64 lives and triggered destructive landslides before moving on to Macau,

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PQMD Members Respond to Hurricane Florence

PQMD Members Respond to Hurricane Florence This year’s hurricane season began in earnest, starting last month with Hurricane Lane’s path towards Hawaii as a rare Pacific hurricane, which caused heavy rains, flooding and power outages in the state. Now, as North and South Carolina begin to assess the

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Death Toll at 44 After Powerful Earthquake in Japan

Death Toll at 44 After Powerful Earthquake in Japan A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan early last Thursday. More than 44 were killed and 660 injured. Air and rail access was affected, and the island lost power. Automaker Toyota suspended work

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Social Media Provides Vital Assistance in Response to Kerala Flooding

Social Media Provides Vital Assistance in Response to Kerala Flooding Response to the flooding in the Southern Indian state of Kerala last month received an unexpected boost – thousands of citizens used social media and mobile technology to organize and mobilize assistance to the disaster. Large organizations

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