Guatemalan and Mexican Armed Forces Cooperate to Rescue Landslide Victims

first_imgBy Dialogo November 05, 2015 The Guatemalan and Mexican Armies recently joined forces in a rescue mission after a massive October 1 landslide left hundreds dead, missing, and injured in the town of Santa Catarina Pinula. Guatemala at a risk for natural disasters Because of its geography, Guatemala is classified as being at high-risk for natural disasters. Dangerous natural events such as landslides, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other meteorological phenomena have taken the lives of thousands of people and have also caused catastrophic material loss. Guatemalan Armed Forces responds quickly In recent years, the El Cambray II quadrant has suffered the effects of swells from the river including unstable hillsides, the undermining of structures, and erosion near homes, according to Guatemala’s National Coordination for Disaster Reduction (CONRED), the entity tasked with preventing, mitigating, attending to, and participating in the rehabilitation of areas struck by natural disasters. “At this moment, a contingent of engineers from the Mexican Army are still helping with the work that needs to be done in Guatemala. They coordinate the work and procedures used by the Humanitarian and Rescue Unit (UHR) and CONRED regarding prevention and the reconstruction of the affected areas. Both Guatemala and Mexico rely on personnel trained in how to respond to natural disasters to be able to carry out its relief work.” The swelling of the Pinula River combined with the landslide left 70 people missing, injured 27, and destroyed more than 180 homes, leaving 407 people displaced, according to CONRED. The Guatemalan Army’s response “was immediate,” Brig. Gen. Rodríguez said. “Thanks to the constant communication with relief agencies, 500 personnel were initially deployed as part of the search and rescue operations. This number was reduced in the days that followed to 300.” center_img Working in three search and rescue groups, they proceed for two-hour periods in collaboration with CONRED’s Guatemalan Emergency Operations Center. The Mexican contingent also included 16 dogs specially trained to find missing persons and cadavers that could be entombed among the tons of earth displaced by the mudslide. In October 2005, 670 people died, 850 disappeared, and 3.5 million were injured when Hurricane Stan passed through Guatemala, according to Publinews. The hurricane also caused $983 million in damages, according to the Guatemalan Secretariat of Planning and Programming. Most members of the Mexican contingent returned home after their six-day mission on October 9, though some specialized technical personnel from the National Disaster Prevention Center, which is operated by the Mexican Army, are continuing their work in Guatemala. “There was a seamless and effective integration of the Mexican delegation with the search and rescue missions that reached out to those affected,” Infantry Brigadier General Hugo Fernando Rodríguez Cifuentes, spokesman for the Guatemalan Army, told Diálogo. “The Mexican government has offered humanitarian assistance to the government of Guatemala and, with this show of good faith, demonstrates the wonderful relationship between our two countries that share borders, cultures, and bonds of friendship.” Guatemalan authorities deployed 16 excavators, seven backhoes, three front-end loaders, 50 dump trucks, and two tanker trucks. While Military reservists packaged and unloaded provisions such as food and water for the displaced, the Special Reserve Corps for Citizen Security provided security for them. The Corps concentrated on deterring crime. After heavy rains in the region caused the landslide, killing 280 and leaving scores missing and injured, 64 members from the Mexican Armed Forces and other officials coordinated their rescue efforts with the Guatemalan Army. The Mexican team consisted of 12 natural disaster specialists from the Mexican Secretariat of National Defense; 11 from the Mexican Secretariat of the Navy; 32 from the Mexican Federal Police; one from the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs; and eight from the National Civil Protection Liaison. They participated in search and rescue missions; ground assessments of affected areas; and the removal of debris from the displacement of more than 17,680 cubic meters of earth that were dislodged in the quadrant of El Cambray II. In May 2010, a few days after the eruption of the Pacaya Volcano, Tropical Storm Agatha caused landslides and flooding that killed 170 people and caused 110 to go missing, according to the Institute for Conflict and Humanitarian Action Studies (IECAH). The two disasters inflicted more than $982 million in damage and economic losses, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. And in November 1998, 268 people lost their lives to Hurricane Mitch, which caused Guatemala to lose $747 million, according to the Center for Economic and Environmental Studies.last_img read more

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Eagles QB Josh McCown makes NFL playoff debut with his 8th team — can you name them all?

first_imgYour knowledge of NFL jerseys should tell you he played for the Buccaneers, Raiders, Lions, Bears and Browns. The Dolphins remind us he was on that team during the 2008 offseason. He also spent time with the 49ers but didn’t make that roster in 2011. One of the two missing teams, then, are the Cardinals, who drafted him in the third round in 2002 (No. 81 overall) out of Sam Houston State — which was his second college football team after SMU. The other is the Panthers, of course based in Charlotte, where he makes his home.One more thing: When McCown wasn’t in the NFL in 2010, the native Texan played for the Hartford Colonials of the short-lived United Football League. He has been everywhere, man.Super Bowl MVP and Hall of Famer Kurt Warner was the unlikeliest playoff QB in the NFL’s 100-year history. Put McCown No. 1 on that list now. It only took Josh McCown 17 years in the NFL and eight teams to quarterback a team in the NFL playoffs. McCown, born July 4, 1979, became the third player 40 or older to play during 2020 wild-card weekend, joining the Patriots’ Tom Brady and the Saints’ Drew Brees, who both lost. McCown came off the bench for the Eagles on Sunday after Carson Wentz suffered a head injury midway through the first quarter against the Seahawks. MORE: Updated playoff bracket for AFC, NFCAfter Philadelphia didn’t re-sign Nick Foles and chose not to roll with an oft-injured Nate Sudfeld as Wentz’s top backup, it signed McCown on Aug. 17. While serving as Wentz’s new No. 2 all season, McCown also worked as an assistant coach for his two sons’ high school football team at Myers Park in Charlotte, N.C.Before 2019, McCown played for seven other teams from 2002-18, spending one year out of the league in 2010.Can you name them all? Hint: The Eagles are his fifth NFC team. He spent only one season with three of the teams. He has played in the NFC East, NFC North, NFC South, AFC East, AFC North and AFC West, missing only the NFC West. With his career 23-53 regular-season record as a starter, he finished .500 with only one of those teams.The good news is, if you’re stumped about his non-Philadelphia stops, his daughter and her friends should have provided some major hints more than three years ago.When your daughter has jersey day at school and she doesn’t have enough friends to wear all the teams #2missing— Josh McCown (@JoshMcCown12) October 7, 2016VIDEO: Emotional McCown thanks family in postgame commentsFor sure not pictured was the Eagles. Or the Jets, for whom McCown played from 2017-18.last_img read more