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Chile 4/18/2014

Valparaíso Region. Wildfire update (12-18 April). Fire is still active in forested and inhabited areas. 959 people remain in nine shelters. Response: The health network continues to be strengthened with mobile units, brigades of ophthamology operating in affected areas, and mental health attention in shelters. (o.s: Ministry of Health, ONEMI,  PAHO Office in Chile).

Arica y Parinacota and Tarapacá Regions. 8.2M earthquake update. Mental health attention by 30 professionals sent to Tarapacá. (o.s: Ministry of Health).

Mexico 4/18/2014

7.2 magnitude earthquake, 10km deep, 41 km south of Petatlán; felt in western and central states. No reports of deaths or injuries at the moment. Damages in IMSS Hospital in Zihuatanejo, mobile unit sent for support. Minor damages in public buildings in Guerrero. No major damages in Mexico City, some power outages. Response: Activation of protocols and evaluation of damages. (o.s: IMSS, Government of Guerrero; m: El Universal).

Nicaragua 4/18/2014

Earthquakes update (10-18 April). 1,446 people evacuated from unsafe buildings. Seismic activity continues. Response: Emergency plans updated in the health sector, clean water administered, and sanitation systems improved in shelters. Medical attention via brigades in five municipalities. Ecuador sends medical supplies and humanitarian assistance. (o.s: INETER, PAHO Office in Nicaragua, SNGR Ecuador; m: El 19 Digital).

Paraguay 4/18/2014

Misiones and Central departments. Floods affect 100 families in San Ignacio (Misiones) and five neighborhoods in Limpio (Central). National response, evaluation of damages, and distribution of humanitarian assistace. (o.s: SEN; m: ABC Color).

Peru 4/18/2014

Ubinas volcano. Evacuation of communities of Querapi and San Carlos de Titi, 100 people in total. Masks distribution in communities affected by ashfall. (o.s: INDECI).

Chile 4/18/2014

Valparaíso Region. Wildfire update (12-18 April). Fire is still active in forested and inhabited areas. 959 people remain in nine shelters. Response: The health network continues to be strengthened with mobile units, brigades of ophthamology operating in affected areas, and mental health attention in shelters. (o.s: Ministry of Health, ONEMI,  PAHO Office in Chile).

Arica y Parinacota and Tarapacá Regions. 8.2M earthquake update. Mental health attention by 30 professionals sent to Tarapacá. (o.s: Ministry of Health).

The Hurricane Season Has Not Ended

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The current hurricane season has brought several tropical storms and hurricanes to countries that have coastlines along the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. So far, there have been fourteen tropical storms in the Caribbean, among them: Emily, Irene and Katia which have caused damage in the Caribbean and United States. The latest, Rina, affected the coast of Cancun, Mexico. In the Pacific, seven hurricanes have been reported: Adrian, Beatriz, Calvin, Dora, Eugene, Greg and Hilary.

This hurricane season is having an activity above normal so it is necessary to review and activate the contingency plans for this type of events that can cause significant damage to communities in the region.

We can not avoid the occurrence of these events; however, preventive measures reduce the risks caused by these emergencies. That is why PAHO/WHO is working together with the ministries of health and strategic partners in promoting the necessary actions to prevent the loss of life and damages. 

You may wish to consult the following publications (in Spanish):

Evaluación de necesidades en el sector salud con posterioridad a inundaciones y huracanes (OPS/OMS)

Guía para la mitigación de riesgos naturales en las instalaciones de la salud en los países de América Latina (OPS/OMS)

 

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