Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief

Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief


Monitoring Emergencies



From official sources (O.S.) and media (M). It does not represent PAHO's official position.

Argentina 2/27/2015

Province of Córdoba. Floods update, more than 800 people continued evacuated in the province as a result of yesterday’s storm. Around 100 new evacuations were necessary in Santiago Temple and in La Tordilla, two of the most affected localities as reported by the Civil Defense. (os.: CBA.GOV.AR); (m.: CLARIN). 

Peru 2/27/2015

  • Province of Madre de Dios was declared "state of emergency" for 60 days in three districts of the jungle region which is affected by floods generated by the rivers Tahuamanu, Acre, Yaverija, Madre de Dios and its tributaries. (os.: PCM.GOB.PE); (m.: TERRA).
  • Province of Quispicanchi, Department of Cusco, in 7 localities of the department of Cusco precipitations of hail affecting 15 families, cultures and animals are recorded. (os.: INDECI). 

Brazil 2/27/2015

Emergency Declared in Departments of Acre, Amazon, and Santa Catarina in 13 municipalities due to the sudden rise of the Acre River and the flood of great proportion in the Madera River. The capital of Rondonia, Porto Velho, has been declared in a “State of Public Calamity." The water levels of the Acre and Blanco rivers are coming closer to the figures reached in 2012.  (os.: PAHO/BRAZIL).

Bolivia 2/27/2015

Department of Pando, Cachuelita Baja, municipality of Porvenir. Overflow of the Tahuamanu River damages 50% of the crops in Porvenir and isolates Filadelfia. Nearly 1,358 evacuated families and 5,000 affected in the entire department. The Government is assisting in the cleaning process of the areas affected by the flood and is also bringing food to the affected families. (os.: MINDEF); (m.: EL-DEBER). 

Argentina 2/27/2015

Province of Córdoba. Floods update, more than 800 people continued evacuated in the province as a result of yesterday’s storm. Around 100 new evacuations were necessary in Santiago Temple and in La Tordilla, two of the most affected localities as reported by the Civil Defense. (os.: CBA.GOV.AR); (m.: CLARIN). 



Alert for eruption of volcano Fuego in Guatemala

Given the increase of eruptive volcanic activity located 60 Km southeast from the city’s capital and 16 Km south east of Antigua Guatemala, the Executive Secretary of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction, has declared an Orange State of Alert.

It is reported that 100 people have been evacuated in the surrounding areas of the volcano. Four hostels have been enabled in Alotenango (Zacatepequez). The falling of volcanic ash has shut down the international airport La Aurora and road visibility has diminished in the surroundings areas.

The National Center for Emergency Operations has been activated. The Ministry of Health activated service lines in four departments (Guatemala, Zacatepequez, Escuintla and Chimaltenengo). There is no report of affected victims, but the health areas are being monitored. We are pending verification of water and sanitation systems.

The situation is being handled by the Guatemalan authorities and no request for international support has been requested at the time.

Attached the activity report of the MSPAS and "Boletin Vulcanológico".

 

Gas Tanker Causes Explosion at Maternity Hospital in Cuajimalpa, Mexico

Explosión in Hospital in CuajimalpaUpdate: 30 January 2015. On Thursday, 29 January, at 7:09 a.m., a gas tanker that had been delivering cooking fuel to the Cuajimalpa Maternity Hospital, in Mexico City, exploded. The explosion caused the collapse of 30% of the hospital structure. Rescue teams are working on search operations and the removal of debris. Approximately 72 people have been injured, and thre deaths have been reported (two children and one adult).

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Forum: Incident Command System Application Experiences

USAID/OFDA’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean is organizing the Third Latin American Incident Command System (ICS) Application Experiences Forum, from 4- 6 February 2015, to strengthen the strategic areas that contribute to the sustainability of the ICS implementation process in the countries of the Region.

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Health Services from Peru and Chile Provided Immediate Attention to "injured People in Traffic Accident on the Border"

These actions were part of a Binational Simulation, conducted to evaluate the preparedness and response capacity of the health services of the Ministries of Health of Peru and Chile, against risk scenarios that may arise in the border area, that deserve a joint and coordinated work. See more.

PAHO/WHO Response to the December 2013 Floods in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Floods triggered by a trough, on 24 December 2013, produced a 'National Level 2' disaster in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The floods left US$ 108.4 million in losses, including US$ 2,052,917 to the health sector. Several health facilities in the island sustained serious damage, among them, the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, the largest in the country. Supplies and records were destroyed and costly equipment was damaged.

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