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7.2 Magnitude Earthquake in Mexico

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 10 km at 36 Km of Tecpan de Galeana in the state of Guerrero shook a wide area of Mexico on 18, Friday morning. The earthquake occurred within the "Guerrero Seismic Gap".  The earthquake was felt across a half a dozen states and Mexico’s capital. One hospital in the colony Ciudad Renacimiento was evacuated after the quake and several hotels in the tourist area of the port; blackouts were reported in several cities in Guerrero.

 

Wildfire in Valparaíso, Chile

On the afternoon of April 12 a wildfire that affected several hills in the city of Valparaiso began, causing fatalities, thousands of evacuated people and victims; besides damaging homes. Troops from CONAF, Fire Fighters, PDI, Police, Army, Navy, SAMU and ONEMI were involved in the response and attention to the emergency. One health center was disabled; the rest of the healthcare network is operating.

Important technical information.

Health Guidelines for Vegetation Fire Events

 
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Earthquake in Chile Generates Tsunami Alert

Multiple aftershocks, including a 7.6 one continue rocking Chile and southern Peru since the 8.2 magnitude earthquake of 1 April 2014. New evacuations were ordered, but there were no reports of new injuries or deaths. The health network in northern Chile is operational. The communities of Alto Hospicio and Iquique, in Chile, have been the most affected by the earthquakes. An evaluation of damage to roads and housing is in progress.

PAHO/WHO Situation Report No. 2 - 3 April 2014 

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Heavy Rains and Floods in South America Cause Severe Damages

Heavy rains that caused overflowing of rivers flooding in several countries in South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay, among others), have also caused various emergency situations that have exacted a heavy toll in people and infrastructure. According to official reports, dozens of people have died, several are still missing and the number of affected people is around several thousands.

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Plan de acción para la gestión del riesgo en el sector salud en los países andinos

La primera reunión de la Comisión Técnica de Emergencias y Desastres del Área Andina tuvo lugar en Bogotá, Colombia, con la participación de los coordinadores de desastres de los ministerios de salud andinos, dando así cumplimiento a la resolución 476 de la XXXII REMSA (Reunión de Ministros de Salud del Área Andina). Esta Comisión será la encargada de trabajar el plan de acción que orientará las actividades de gestión del riesgo en el sector salud durante lo que resta de 2013, 2014 y proyecciones hasta el año 2017. Estas actividades se enmarcan dentro del Plan Andino para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres en el sector salud 2013-2017. La reunión contó con el apoyo técnico de ORAS CONHU (Organismo Andino de Salud - Convenio Hipólito Unanue) y de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS/OMS).

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