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UN humanitarian agency rushes emergency aid to floodravaged Uruguay

Approximately 12,000 people have been forced from their homes and 110,000 people, the majority being the poor and vulnerable such as women, children and the elderly, have been affected by the heavy rains, OCHA reported. Seven of the country’s 19 departments have been affected, with three central ones – Durazno, Soriano and Treinta y Tres – suffering the worst.Most of the displaced are currently living in Council shelters and local sports clubs, and most schools in the affected areas have been shut down.Thousands of homes and much of the public infrastructure – such as the water supply, sewer and drainage systems, power and telephone lines, roads, agricultural land and municipal buildings – have been damaged.The OCHA grant, which comes after an official Government request for UN assistance, will be channelled through the world body’s Resident Coordinator in the South American country and will be utilized for the purchase of relief supplies and to provide logistical support for national and local authorities.Of particular concern is the water and sanitation situation in the areas affected by the flooding, with roughly 30,000 people having no access to clean drinking water. There is also an increased risk of waterborne disease spreading in vulnerable communities.Preliminary needs include food, blankets and mattresses for those driven from their homes, as well as chlorine, soap and other cleaning supplies to prevent the spread of disease.With adverse conditions expected to persist in the coming days, the number of people affected by heavy rains is expected to increase, especially as flood waters reach lower-lying areas. 10 May 2007The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced today that it is sending an emergency cash grant of $30,000 to Uruguay to aid victims of flooding, the worst the country has seen in half a century. read more

Ten new nuclear reactors connected in 2016 brings generating capacity to highest

first_imgFor the second year in a row, ten new nuclear reactors started to generate electricity in 2016, the highest number since the 1980s, according to the 2017 edition of the IAEA’s Nuclear Power Reactors in the World. As of the last day of 2016, 448 reactors were in operation worldwide, with a net capacity of 391 GW of electricity, the highest in history. Within the same period, three reactors were permanently shut down and 61 nuclear reactors were under construction. Two reactors remain in long-term shut down.“In the past two years 20 new nuclear power reactors were connected to the grid and started producing electricity. This demonstrates the important role that nuclear power continues to play in meeting growing energy demand throughout the world,” said Mikhail Chudakov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy.This reference guide provides global data on new nuclear power plants as well as details on the various types of reactors in operation, Chudakov highlighted.This is the 37th edition of Reference Data Series No.2, which summarizes information on power reactors in operation, under construction and shut down as well as performance data of operational reactors in IAEA Member States. It also includes data on the types of reactors, nuclear electricity production, the categories of new reactors connected to the grid, technical terms used during the decommissioning process of reactors, and the specification and performance history data of operating reactors.The information is collected through designated national counterparts in Member States who feed to the IAEA’s Power Reactor Information System (PRIS). PRIS is home to the most current and frequently updated figures on nuclear reactors in the world, also with details on country levels.IAEA says “nuclear power can deliver a steady baseload supply of electricity needed to power a modern economy. It is generally competitive, offers a low cost, reliable long term source of electricity, and has a good operational record. NPPs produce virtually no greenhouse gas emissions or air pollutants during their operation and have only very low emissions over their entire life cycle.”last_img read more

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