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 3/5/2015

Floods updating. Santiago del Estero Province is one of the most affected, there has been a reported a dead and the evacuees amount to nearly 3,200.  (m.: CLARIN).

Colombia 3/5/2015

Nariño department an environmental emergency due to Spilling of crude oil in Río Saudé. The spill is affecting Roberto Payán and Olaya Herrera municipalities. The Civil Defense has installed two points of containment in order to hold the crude on the river.  (m.: CARACOL). 

Argentina 3/5/2015

Floods updating. Santiago del Estero Province is one of the most affected, there has been a reported a dead and the evacuees amount to nearly 3,200.  (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).


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.


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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