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.

Mexico 1/29/2015

Federal District, Cujimalpa. A fuel tanker exploded near a hospital killing 7, injuring 22 children and 32 adults. The Cujimalpa Maternal and Child hospital underwent damages in 30% of the structure due to the explosion. Patients were sent to 7 Public hospitals and also to Social Security Institute.  To date the response is at local level.   (m.: INFORMADOR, ELUNIVERSAL

Guatemala 1/29/2015

Rains in Santa Catarina Pinula - Colonia El Cambray II, CONRED suggests that neighbors be relocated as the risk of structures collapsing is present. During last year there were structures that collapsed.  (m.: DIGITAL).

Bolivia 1/29/2015

Storms update - Department of Chuquisaca, rains, hailstorms, and floods are affecting the population in the communities of Santa Rosa, Las Casas and Las Cañas, in the Azurduy province. (o.s.: ABI).

Mexico 1/29/2015

Federal District, Cujimalpa. A fuel tanker exploded near a hospital killing 7, injuring 22 children and 32 adults. The Cujimalpa Maternal and Child hospital underwent damages in 30% of the structure due to the explosion. Patients were sent to 7 Public hospitals and also to Social Security Institute.  To date the response is at local level.   (m.: INFORMADOR, ELUNIVERSAL



Gas Tanker Causes Explosion at Maternity Hospital in Cuajimalpa, Mexico

Explosión in Hospital in CuajimalpaOn 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 54 people have been injured, and seven deaths have been reported, including children and adults.

The patients have been transported to six hospitals in the public network and one from Social Security. Some people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

 

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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October 13, International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

The International Day for Disaster Reduction is celebrated every year on 13 October. Under the motto "Resilience is for Life," the focus this year is on older people, including their needs and what they contribute to better planning and understanding of disaster risk in their communities. IDDR 2014 intends to to switch on and amplify this critical issue now and for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

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