UN rushes urgentlyneeded aid to floodravaged Bolivians

22 January 2007The United Nations is sending in food and providing logistical support to approximately 8,000 Bolivian families – or 40,000 people – affected by severe floods and landslides. According to the UN Emergency Technical Team and the World Food Programme (WFP), major rivers such as Rio Grande and Pilcomayo have overflowed and as a result, seven of the nine departments comprising Bolivia have been affected. In the remaining two departments, preventive evacuation has already begun.The Bolivian Government has declared a state of emergency, as flooding has caused landslides and road obstructions, cutting off some rural communities. Bolivia’s rainy season extends from November to March, and the El Niño phenomenon is at the root of the especially harsh rain and resulting floods. The Bolivian National Meteorological Service forecasts continued heavy rains until the end of February.“The UN is helping the Government of Bolivia to respond to recent floods and landslides in that country,” the spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters today.The Emergency Technical Team has assisted in coordinating efforts between the Bolivian Government and humanitarian agencies on the ground.WFP has teamed up with DRIPAD, a Bolivian Government institution promoting rural integration, to distribute much-needed food assistance to families in four of the seven departments impacted by flooding. read more

Man who tried to rob Regina business injured by witnesses say police

A man who allegedly tried to rob a Regina business got more than he bargained for.According to a Regina Police Service (RPS) news release, the man attempted to rob a business on the 800 block of Argyle Street North, but got into a fight with witnesses and was injured. He was still at the scene when police arrived.A second male suspect was able to flee the scene, and police are still searching for him.According to police, officers responded to the location 1:04 a.m. after getting a report that two men armed with guns were inside the establishment.Police arrived on scene and found one of the suspects, a 64-year-old man who had been injured in the fight. He was taken to hospital by EMS. Police also recovered a pellet gun at the scene.The man was later charged with armed robbery using a firearm, disguise with intent, unauthorized possession of a firearm and breach of undertaking. He appeared before a Justice of the Peace and was remanded on his charges.Police are still searching for the second suspect, who is described as male, 5-foot-10 to 6 feet fall, wearing a dark hoodie with the hood up, light pants, dark shoes, gloves and a mask covering his face.Anyone with information on the second suspect is asked to contact Regina police at 306-777-6500 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. read more