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Brazil: Drought - May 2012

REDLAC Weekly Note on Emergencies Latin America & the Caribbean - Year 5 – Volume 257

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • • PERU: Authorities extend the state of emergency for 60 days in the departments of Piura and La Libertad.
  • • BRAZIL: More than 70,000 families affected in the state of Amazon by heavy rains.
  • • BRAZIL: Government allocates US$1.4 million to aid people affected by drought.

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