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Chile 4/16/2014

Valparaíso region. Wildfire update (12-16 April). 12,500 people have been affected, 943 people are in eight shelters, and 2,900 homes are destroyed. The fire is still active. Response: Six mobile health posts and a field clinic are providing medical attention in the affected areas. Vaccine administration continues via the mobile units. Mental health care is being provided in shelters and ophthalmology services are provided in two schools. (o.s: Ministerio de Salud, ONEMI,  Oficina de OPS en Chile)

Nicaragua 4/16/2014

Earthquake update (10-14 April). Total: 1,585 evacuees are in three shelters. 32 health facilities have cracks and 3,775 homes are damaged. Seismic activity continues. Response: Managua and Jinotepe hospitals reorganize emergency services for safety reasons; damage evaluation is in progress. Two hospitals in Chinandega and Managua relocate their patients and three field hospitals are set up as preventive measures. Seven medical brigades are deployed in five municipalities. Water quality is being monitored. Venezuela sent four seismic stations to reinforce the monitoring network. An extreme red alert on the national level continues to be in effect. (o.s: UNETE, INETER, Oficina de OPS en Nicaragua; m: El Nuevo Diario).

Colombia 4/16/2014

Atlántico department. Sabanalarga municipality. Strong winds caused damages to the roofs of 100 homes; there are no reports of health damages. Four municipalities experienced power outages. Local response, evaluation in progress. (El Espectador, Caracol).

Ecuador 4/16/2014

Esmeraldas province. Floods update in Quinindé (10-15 April). 338 people are affected, water and electricity services have been cut and 35 homes are destroyed. Crops have also been affected and it is difficult to access the affected area. Local response with national support. (o.s: SNGR)

Chile 4/16/2014

Valparaíso region. Wildfire update (12-16 April). 12,500 people have been affected, 943 people are in eight shelters, and 2,900 homes are destroyed. The fire is still active. Response: Six mobile health posts and a field clinic are providing medical attention in the affected areas. Vaccine administration continues via the mobile units. Mental health care is being provided in shelters and ophthalmology services are provided in two schools. (o.s: Ministerio de Salud, ONEMI,  Oficina de OPS en Chile)

PAHO/WHO supports emergency efforts in Peru

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Approximately 200,000 people have been affected by heavy rains that have caused the overflowing of rivers and flooding in Peru. More than 15,000 people have been moved to shelters. Houses, schools and health centers have been damaged in the provinces of Alto Amazonas, Datem del Marañon, Loreto, Mariscal Ramón Castilla, Maynas, Requena and Ucayali.

The rising of the Amazon river has prompted the interruption of water supply services in some parts of the country and the sewage collection network has been seriously affected. In addition, the 113 shelters established for the affected population have reported problems with the storage and distribution of drinking water. Cases of Acute Diarrheal Infections and Acute Respiratory Infections have already been detected.

Peruvian authorities have distributed more than 1,000 tons of humanitarian supplies to meet the basic needs of the affected population. These include food and shelter, kitchen and personal hygiene kits. Since the start of the emergency the Ministry of Health has been providing medical assistance in the affected communities and has put prevention measures in place to avoid outbreaks of infectious diseases such as leptospirosis, malaria, and dengue, among others.

 PAHO/WHO continues providing support to national and local health authorities in the response to the emergency and in activities related to strengthening surveillance and control of water quality, waste management, and health promotion for the prevention of diseases. Some of this activities include the strengthening of water treatment for home delivery, fumigation, vector and rodent control, and cleaning of streets contaminated by water.

These activities are part of the water, sanitation and hygiene thematic table, formed to respond to the emergency in the Loreto Region. The members of the table are the Regional Directorate of Health of Loreto, Environmental Health, Plan International, Firefighters United without Borders, UNICEF, and PAHO/WHO.

In this type of emergency, PAHO/WHO recommends that the affected population increase their hygiene practices, including washing hands with soap and water, keeping shelters clean, and paying attention to recommendations regarding safe water consumption.

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