|Courtesy CIA World Fact Book|
The head of civil defense relief efforts in the aftermath of landslides and flooding in Brazil has praised local ham radio operators for their help. Newsline
reports that Lt. Col. Roberto Robadey told the BBC his command would not have been able to do anything in the first two days of the emergency if it were not for the hams. He said they set up their radio gear at key points to provide communications between relief groups. The landslides in late January were touched off by the heaviest rains the area has experienced in more than four decades.