Peru Receives Emergency Assistance from Colombia

first_imgBy Marian Romero/Diálogo April 26, 2017 The Colombian Armed Forces sent four helicopters to Peru, logging 200 flight hours over 12 days, as they carried out 30 aeromedical evacuations, shipped 42 tons of aid, and rescued more than 1,000 people. Natural disasters in the country have left more than 100,000 homeless and another 650,000 affected to a lesser extent. As for infrastructure, nearly 2,500 kilometers of highways and 281 bridges were destroyed, as well as 28,000 hectares of crops. In March 2017 alone, 106 people in this Andean nation went missing from mudslides caused by at least six coastal rivers overflowing their banks. These floods, which have impacted Peru and Ecuador, are due to the “Coastal El Niño,” an atmospheric phenomenon characterized by unusual warming of the sea along the coasts of those countries. The humidity caused by the warming led to heavy rains, causing mudslides and flooding that have impacted various communities in both countries. Peru was the country hardest hit. Partner nations always ready The state of emergency spurred the Colombian Armed Forces to come to Peru’s aid and provide the necessary support. From March 21st to April 1st, the military conducted a joint effort coordinated by Colombia’s National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD, per its Spanish acronym), the firefighter corps, and the Foreign Relations Office. The support plan for Peru consisted of making available 42 search-and-rescue team members, including officers and non-commissioned officers, a Colombian Air Force (FAC, per its Spanish acronym) Boeing 727, as well as UNGRD personnel and search-and-rescue and satellite equipment. On the other hand, the Colombian Army provided one ton of humanitarian aid and two helicopters to aid victims in the region of San Pedro, Trujillo, which had been cut off from the rest of the department after the collapse of the Virú bridge. Over the course of 59 flight hours, they served as an air bridge, transporting 762 stranded people, and delivering 31 tons of aid. In turn, the FAC dispatched two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to Piura, where they transported 318 people, carried out 21 air medevac missions, and shipped 42 tons of aid over 83 total flight hours. “Colombia is a country that has also suffered terribly from the whims of the weather. Various communities across the country are frequently impacted by floods and that’s why, in addition to the responsibility we have to aid our neighboring countries, we feel called upon to come to Peru’s aid,” stated Major General Juan Carlos Salazar, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Colombian Armed Forces. “Colombia has broad experience in rescue operations carried out in the harshest conditions – at night, in the jungle, and under fire. The capabilities that our men and women have acquired, and our specialized aircraft and equipment, enable us to respond effectively to floods, fires, and earthquakes, among other natural disasters that are common in this country,” he said. Operating in Peru Following Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s request for aid from Colombia to cope with the flood emergency, the Colombian Army activated its international interoperability protocol. These kinds of coordinated operations are possible thanks to the joint training carried out by the two nations as part of their cooperation agreements. Moreover, there is an active Peru-Colombia emergency system that is used in these kinds of situations. According to Colonel Juan Carlos Forero, Colombia’s military attaché in Peru, President Kuczynski requested four helicopters from the Colombian Ministry of Defense to respond to the emergency. The following day, the helicopters departed for the neighboring country with expert crews and aid aboard. “The first workdays consisted of coordinating our special rescue operation and our aeromedical evacuation of the sick and injured, the transport of people who had been stranded, and serving as an air bridge between communities, among other duties that were carried out successfully, free of accidents,” Col. Forero said. The terrain in the northern part of Peru made operations difficult. For one thing, the region has sandy desert landscapes that do not easily retain water from heavy rainfall, giving rise to mudflows that devastate everything in their path. In Peru, these mudflows are called huaicos. “When the mud dries, it turns into a dust that is hard to deal with, and it gives off a rather intense odor. Clearing it away is exhausting work. When the huaicos come down, they leave an indelible mark,” Col. Forero said. “Operations were performed at 12,000 feet, an altitude that involves a high level of risk because those communities are close to the sea and are known for having crosswinds that demand a higher level [of experience] from the crew,” Col. Forero said. “Fortunately, the Colombian Armed Forces has had the necessary training to cope with these kinds of conditions and we were able to share those skills with our military peers in Peru through our teamwork,” he concluded.last_img read more

Woman dies trying to save dogs from burning house

first_imgArson investigators ruled the cause of the fire as “electrical.” Firefighters managed to quell the blaze at around 6:47 a.m. They later found Mirasol’s remains inside the bathroom. The victim’s remains were not burned. Firefighters said she died from suffocation in the smoke. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA Bureau of Fire Protection-Bacolod fire marshal, Chief Inspector Publio Ploteña, said the fire started at around 6:18 a.m. Authorities identified the fatality as 36-year-old Michelle Grace Mirasol, a resident of #8 Lomboy Street in the said subdivision. It was reported that Mirasol managed to save at least three of their nine dogs were trapped in their cages.center_img The occupants at first managed to get out, however, Mirasol reportedly rushed back inside the burning house to save her pets. She failed to get out. BACOLOD City – A woman perished in a fire yesterday morning while trying to rescue her dogs trapped inside their burning house at Capitol Heights Phase 1, Barangay Villamonte in this city. The estimated property damage reached P80,000./PN Based on a statement given by Mirasol’s father Zacheo, the fire started at the ceiling of the living room.last_img read more

It was entire team’s decision to slow down game – Stephen Adams

first_imgBlack Stars  goalkeeper, Stephen Adams has defended his antics on the pitch during the Guinea encounter, saying it was the team’s game plan to slow the Guineans down.The 25-year-old has come under severe criticism for the antics he displayed in the goal post during the 3-1 win at the packed Tamale stadium on Wednesday.The Aduana Stars shot-stopper employed what many have labeled as outmoded tactics to delay the game to the displeasure of many local fans.But the current number one goalie of the Black Stars says the decision to slow things down was made by the entire team and he was just playing his part.”I am sorry for what many fans  thought was my personal and unprofessional antics to delay play with more than 20 minutes of play remaining. With my maturity now after the World Cup I can’t do that, It was the entire team’s decision I spearhead, this is due to the late equalizer we suffered in Casablanca.”The Guineans were faster and piled pressure in the dying minutes of play and if we didn’t delay play and use counter attacks they were going to equalize as they did in Casablanca. But to all Ghanaians I’m sorry for this act  if it was wrongly administered,” he added. The Aduana goalkeeper was Ghana’s third choice at the World Cup in Brazil but has risen to the number one position by overtaking Fatau Dauda and Adam Kwarasey and hopes to maintain the spot with support from Ghanaians in future matches.last_img read more

Adom TV to telecast live Ghana Premier League matches

first_imgAdom Tv will from this weekend broadcast live some selected matches of the Ghana premier League. This is a collaboration between the Multimedia Group and Multi choice Ghana, operators of DSTv.The selected matches will be broadcast on Super Sport and Go Tv as well. Live matches for this weekend are the game between Asante Kotoko and Edubiase FC from the Baba Yara Stadium on Saturday and on Sunday, the fixture between Ashgold and Hearts of Oak from the Obuasi Len Cley Stadium.Commentary will come in twi. Adom Tv can be found on the multi tv and Go Tv boxes.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Juju reigns supreme in Hearts-Kotoko matches

first_imgSoccer fans throng to the stadium to watch Hearts Kotoko matches expecting their favorite players to pull a trick to decide the game or coaches of their sides pull a tactical masterstroke to decide the tie in their favor.However, there seems to be more than what we just see. Previous games have seen the clubs come out for pre-game warm up with white handkerchiefs pouring out a whitish substance or a broom. Yes a broom! To sweep the pitch.The connotation is that these games are played spiritually before the 22 players kick a ball.This suspicion has begun to make rounds after Hearts keeper Soulama Abdoulaye mysteriously scored an own goal to gift Kotoko all three points. For many, this is a confirmation of the keeper being manipulated in the spiritual realm after there were calls against the keeper playing.Media reports suggest the keeper personally called management of the club to inform them of his decision not to play the game for fear of causing Hearts’ downfall. All attempts proved futile and the rest is history. Aziz Haruna Futah is a former management member of Hearts and he explains these ties are beyond the naked eyes.“Since Shamo Quaye’s era that is what we have been using as a club and anytime Kotoko matches pop up, the management and the supporters will come together and do everything to make sure that we win that match because playing Kotoko is always about juju,” he told Asempa Sports“Before the match I called Alhaji Akanbi and asked him what they are doing to ensure they win against Kotoko but he said this management does not believe in juju but I told him juju is the key to Kotoko and Hearts games.”“The supporters had it correct when they voiced out that Soulama should not be in the post because Kotoko knew that day does not favor Soulama and true to that word, they carried the day by taking advantage of that.”“In the Confederation Cup final against Kotoko in Kumasi,  we went for a consultation and we were  told that there is only one goal in the match but they will divide the game into two so the score line can be one all draw but Hearts of Oak will win the match on penalties.” “But to ensure this, we had to perform certain rituals.”“We had to go open a freshly buried person’s mouth and put some concussion in the corpse mouth and we did that in Kumasi and we won and that has been our tradition as a club.”“Kotoko also went for consultation and they were told if a fair person leads Hearts out, they will lose.”“So we acted on this, and immediately asked Harry Zakkour who was sitting at home to fly to Kumasi and lead Hearts out.” You be the judge. Does Hearts Kotoko games involve more than what we just see? –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more