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Chile 4/15/2014

Valparaíso region. Wildfires update. (12-15 April) 15 dead, 11,000 affected and 12,400 people evacuated. Of the evacuees, 1,018 are in nine shelters. 2,300 homes are damaged. There is an increase in respiratory illness cases due to the smoke. The majority of victims remain in the affected areas. The fire continues to have some active focal points. Response: Health authorities are reorganizing and increasing health services capacity. Seven mental health teams are working in shelters and vaccination being implemented for those sheltered as well as volunteers. Trucks are distributing water and water tanks are being installed in shelters. There is a health alert for the Valparaíso region. The Government has sent humanitarian aid and emergency temporary homes to Valparaíso. (o.s: Ministry of Health, ONEMI, CONAF, ESVAL, PAHO Office in Chile)

Arica y Parinacota and Tarapaca regions. 8.2M earthquake update (1-15 April). A 5.3 magnitude aftershock occurred with no reports of further damages. Total: 21,813 people affected, 912 people in nine shelters, and 15,300 damaged homes. Iquique Hospital is 80% operational and a mobile unit is supporting a health center in Alto Hospicio, but the rest of the health network is fully operational. (o.s: ONEMI, Chile Seismology, PAHO Office in Chile)

Nicaragua 4/15/2014

Earthquake update (10-14 April). Total: 2 dead, 266 injured, and 6,628 people affected in Nagarote. 1,585 people were evacuated; of them, 710 people are in shelters in Managua (647) and Nagarote (67). There are minor damages, such as cracks, in 22 health facilities, and 2,375 homes are affected. Shallow seismic activity continues near Motobombo volcano. Response: Medical brigades mobilized, health services reorganized, and field hospitals deployed as a preventive measure in Managua. The majority of medical consults have been mental health related. UN Agencies offered technical assistance and international organizations are on alert. Cuba and Venezuela sent humanitarian aid as well as seismologists to provide technical support. An extreme red alert has been declared on the national level. (o.s: UNETE, Government of Nicaragua, INETER, PAHO Office in Nicaragua; m: El 19 Digital)

Bolivia 4/15/2014

Floods update (January-14 April): In Guayamerín, the water level is decreasing, but the state of emergency continues due to the possibility of the Mamoré river rising. Seven rivers accros the country are on red alert. Beni department continues to receive support. (o.s: Hydrographic Naval Service; m: Prensa Latina, FM Noticias)

Colombia 4/15/2014

Cauca department. Update on displacement in Guapí (14 March-12 April). Clashes cause an additional 137 people to be displaced. 428 people return to Joanico, but 378 still remain in shelters. (f.o: OCHA Colombia)

Chile 4/15/2014

Valparaíso region. Wildfires update. (12-15 April) 15 dead, 11,000 affected and 12,400 people evacuated. Of the evacuees, 1,018 are in nine shelters. 2,300 homes are damaged. There is an increase in respiratory illness cases due to the smoke. The majority of victims remain in the affected areas. The fire continues to have some active focal points. Response: Health authorities are reorganizing and increasing health services capacity. Seven mental health teams are working in shelters and vaccination being implemented for those sheltered as well as volunteers. Trucks are distributing water and water tanks are being installed in shelters. There is a health alert for the Valparaíso region. The Government has sent humanitarian aid and emergency temporary homes to Valparaíso. (o.s: Ministry of Health, ONEMI, CONAF, ESVAL, PAHO Office in Chile)

Arica y Parinacota and Tarapaca regions. 8.2M earthquake update (1-15 April). A 5.3 magnitude aftershock occurred with no reports of further damages. Total: 21,813 people affected, 912 people in nine shelters, and 15,300 damaged homes. Iquique Hospital is 80% operational and a mobile unit is supporting a health center in Alto Hospicio, but the rest of the health network is fully operational. (o.s: ONEMI, Chile Seismology, PAHO Office in Chile)

Information management, emergencies and disasters in CRICS

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The Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief is participating in and supporting the Ninth Regional Congress on Health Sciences Information—CRICS9—that will be held at the Pan American Health Organization’s headquarters, in Washington, D.C., from 22-24 October 2012. Aspects related to emergencies and disasters will also be included in the agenda of the Congress.

There will be two panels on the topic of information, emergencies and disasters. In the first panel, "Information management in emergencies and disasters: from one way communication to social media," a general panorama on the situation and advances of information management in emergencies and disasters will be presented, as well as the new role of social media, its opportunities and challenges.

In the second panel, "Experiences and tools for information management in emergencies and disasters," different experiences and tools for information management in emergencies and disasters will be presented, as well as the increasingly more important role of information managers in this field. These include a guide that explains the role of information centers in the response to emergencies and disasters will be presented; a U.S. initiative to educate library and information sciences students on the management of disaster and emergency situations; a network of disaster-related information centers working to improve access to information in Latin America (the RELACIGER network); and the new PAHO Knowledge Center on Public Health and Disasters.

In addition, at the 5th Plenary Session on Capacity Development, there will be a conference by Alexander Solis, the assistant coordinator of the Emergencies Institutional Program of the Costa Rican Social Security (CCSS), who is representing the Foundation for the Coordination of Information Resources for Disaster Prevention (FUNDACRID).

Just before the Congress, the PAHO Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief will participate in the 6th Regional Coordination Meeting of the Virtual Library of Health (BVS), a forum for the exchange of experiences and knowledge between the network of institutions that produce information, the intermediaries and the users of scientific and technical health information in the BVS. In this session disaster specialists will explain ways in which the BVS can contribute to improve the access to information and knowledge in this field.

The RELACIGER Network, also at CRICS

Fourteen members of the Latin American Risk Management Information Center Network (RELACIGER) from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru will also be attending CRICS.

The aim of this international network is to reduce the occurrence and impact of disasters in the Region, through the strengthening of the national capacities for the collection, systematization, and dissemination of technical, educational and scientific information about disasters.

The members of the network attending CRICS will take advantage of their time in Washington D.C. to hold a meeting of the network orientated to exchanging information regarding the projects that are being carried out, as well as the future of the network.

To see the program of the Congress, please visit: http://programa.crics9.org/en/.

 

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