Disasters

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  • 22 Aug 2016- 11:07 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia Colombia’s Constitutional Court last week gave mining company Minas Paz de Oro a six-month deadline to put in place policies to prevent serious environmental contamination in Boyaca department. In its ruling, the court said that “all
  • 12 May 2016- 10:03 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia The Colombian Ombudsman's Office warned this week of a "critical situation" with regard to child malnutrition in a number of indigenous communities in the eastern Orinoquia region. "After several weeks traveling
  • 2 May 2016- 09:45 by Local Press Report BOGOTA AFP Colombia’s widespread illegal mining is blamed for causing environmental damage and holding workers in slave-like conditions-- and now is also being blamed for a malaria outbreak. Corporate Risk Policy Pollution Sanitation, Hygiene & Disease
  • 28 Apr 2016- 10:22 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia The recent death of a two-year-old brings the total number of children who have died of malnutrition in Colombia’s La Guajira province to 25 this year. All 25 children were members of the indigenous Wayuu community. Back in February,
  • 5 Apr 2016- 11:11 by OOSKAnews Correspondent CARACAS, Venezuela Venezuela will reduce power generation if water levels in the Simon Bolivar Dam (also known as the Guri Dam), the country's largest and the source of about half of its hydropower, fall below the minimum level of 240 meters,
  • 31 Mar 2016- 10:19 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia The Colombian government will decide by next week whether to initiate energy rationing amid ongoing drought conditions, President Juan Manuel Santos said on March 29th. He had previously called on the public to reduce daily energy
  • 16 Mar 2016- 10:04 by OOSKAnews Correspondent CARACAS, Venezuela The Venezuelan government has announced an extended holiday for workers next week as part of its efforts to conserve power supply amid ongoing drought. The announcement, published in the official gazette on March 15th, adds three days
  • 8 Mar 2016- 10:11 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia Colombian Mines and Energy Minister Tomás González has resigned in the wake of drought-induced power problems, President Juan Manuel Santos announced on March 7th. Current Minister for the Presidency Maria Lorena Gutierrez will take over
  • 25 Feb 2016- 10:05 by OOSKAnews Correspondent TORONTO, ON, Canada Canadian mining company Galway Gold said this week that it was studying the legal implications of a recent ruling by Colombia’s Constitutional Court that bans all mining activities in the country’s páramos (a type of alpine tundra
  • 22 Feb 2016- 10:14 by OOSKAnews Correspondent CARACAS, Venezuela Drinking water supply to most residents of the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, was completely shut down over the weekend as state-owned water company Hidrocapital competed maintenance work on the main pipelines of the Tuy II water system
  • 17 Feb 2016- 10:01 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia The mortality rate for children under 5 due to acute malnutrition in Colombia’s La Guajira department rose 50 percent between 2011 and 2015, according to Colombian Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria. Gaviria said the problem, which is
  • 12 Feb 2016- 10:10 by OOSKAnews Correspondent CARACAS, Venezuela With severe ongoing drought affecting power generation at the country’s hydroelectric plants, Venezuela on February 11th announced measures to conserve electricity. Seventy percent of Venezuela’s electricity comes from hydropower. The
  • 10 Feb 2016- 10:09 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia A ruling this week by Colombia’s Constitutional Court bans all mining activities in Colombia’s páramo regions (a type of alpine tundra ecosystem unique to high-altitude parts of South America). The country had banned all new mining
  • 7 Jan 2016- 10:02 by OOSKAnews Correspondent CARACAS, Venezuela Venezuela's state energy company, Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), has temporarily halted natural gas exports to Colombia until water levels in Venezuelan hydropower dams increase. The Ministry of Oil and Minerals ordered the
  • 6 Jul 2015- 10:43 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BOGOTA, Colombia Residents of the southwestern Colombian town of Tumaco are in a “critical situation” following recent attacks by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), according to Fabrizio Hochschild, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Colombia

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