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MapAction responds to floods in Chile 

By [email protected] - 23rd April 2015 - 14:18

MapAction has sent a team of two volunteers at the request of the United Nations and the Government of Chile, in response to severe flooding in the north of the country. A state of emergency has been declared in the Atacama and Antofagasta regions where two people have died and twenty two are missing. The conditions are severe; 40,000 people are reported to be without drinking water, 53,500 without electricity and people have been asked to self-evacuate. Further heavy rainfall is likely to worsen conditions and the United Nations team anticipates it will require help with needs and damage assessments. Concurrently, MapAction has also sent a second rotation of personnel to Vanuatu. The teamâs role will be to finalise the organisationâs support in Vanuatu and handover to the United Nations and national mapping focal points.