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Colombia 4/22/2014

Department of Antioquia. Municipality of Olaya. Landslide causes the collapse of 13 houses and puts another 20 houses, and public buildings, at risk. 40 people affected, no deaths or injuries reported. (m.: Caracol).

Nicaragua 4/23/2014

Earthquakes update  (10-23 April). Seismic activity continues. Response: Health centers evaluated in affected municipalities. Medical and psychosocial brigades have been sent. Seismic activity monitoring is strengthened with support of international experts. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies allocates 216,859 CHF (US$ 245,653) to support affected families. (o.s.: INETER, IFRC; m.: El 19 Digital).

Peru 4/23/2014

Ubinas volcano. Ashfall in Querapi and, in smaller amounts, in seven districts of the Arequipa province. Response: San Carlos de Titi (pop. 250) will be evacuated. Government of Moquegua  plans to resettle the villages of the Ubinas valley. (o.s.: INDECI, INGEMMET; m: Andina).

Colombia 4/22/2014

Department of Antioquia. Municipality of Olaya. Landslide causes the collapse of 13 houses and puts another 20 houses, and public buildings, at risk. 40 people affected, no deaths or injuries reported. (m.: Caracol).

Start of the 2012 Hurricane Season Reinforces the Need to be Prepared

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The 2012 Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1 in countries with coastlines and maritime territories on the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, and will last until November 30. The most affected region is usually the Caribbean where they also experience tropical storms, cyclones and floods. PAHO/WHO makes an appeal to review and activate the contingency plans for these events, which can cause considerable damage to the 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.

More information about the Hurricane Season and contingency plans:

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