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Chile 4/17/2014

Valparaíso region. Wildfire update (12-17 April). 12,400 people evacuated and 959 are in 9 shelters. The fire is still active. Response: Health mobile posts continue to be deployed for medical attention and vaccinations; more than 10,000 people vaccinated against tetanus. Shelter conditions verified and twelve water tanks installed. The government approved urgent measures to help those affected. Red alert continues for Viña del Mar and Valparaíso.  (o.s: Ministry of Health, Government of Chile, PAHO Office in Chile).

Arica and Parinacota, and Tarapacá regions. 8.2 earthquake update (1-17 April). Total: 21,753 people affected and 1096 remain in shelters. Response: Four pavilions from the Air Force and the Sargento Aldea ship providing surgical support to Iquique Hospital’s operations. Basic services have been restored. State of catastrophe continues. (o.s: Ministry of HealthONEMI) .

Nicaragua 4/17/2014

Earthquake update (10-17 April). Managua Lake has experienced changes in temperature and a regression of the water level. Seismic activity has started south of Xiloa Laguna, and continues in the Xolotlán Lake zone. 600 families are in three shelters and 3,000 evacuees have gone to family members’ homes. Response: Evacuation of two hospitals in Managua and Chinandega is in process, and medical brigades continue to be deployed. Authorities are monitoring the water and evaluation of the situation is in progress. Structures that represent a danger are being demolished. (o.s: INETER, UNETE, PAHO Office in Nicaragua; m: El 19 Digital, La voz del Sandinismo.

Canada 4/17/2014

Quebec province. 632 people are evacuated due to floods. Roads are affected; local and provincial response. (o.s: Government of Quebec. m: Toronto Sun, Prensa Latina)

Peru 4/17/2014

Ubinas volcano. Six moderate explosions are registered as well as an increase in sulfur dioxide emissions. Ash falls on eleven communities in a radius of 20km, and forecasts estimate further dispersion to the north and northeast. 1,038 people are affected in five communities. Cases of conjunctivitis and mental health have increased. Response: Health authorities mobilize brigades for medical and psychological attention, environmental monitoring, and to distribute masks. The population of Querapi was evacuated and other evacuations are being prepared. National level is sending humanitarian assistance, and the alert level has risen to “orange.” (o.s: Ministry of Health, INDECI, Paho Office in Peru; m: Andina, RPP, El Comercio)

Chile 4/17/2014

Valparaíso region. Wildfire update (12-17 April). 12,400 people evacuated and 959 are in 9 shelters. The fire is still active. Response: Health mobile posts continue to be deployed for medical attention and vaccinations; more than 10,000 people vaccinated against tetanus. Shelter conditions verified and twelve water tanks installed. The government approved urgent measures to help those affected. Red alert continues for Viña del Mar and Valparaíso.  (o.s: Ministry of Health, Government of Chile, PAHO Office in Chile).

Arica and Parinacota, and Tarapacá regions. 8.2 earthquake update (1-17 April). Total: 21,753 people affected and 1096 remain in shelters. Response: Four pavilions from the Air Force and the Sargento Aldea ship providing surgical support to Iquique Hospital’s operations. Basic services have been restored. State of catastrophe continues. (o.s: Ministry of HealthONEMI) .

Earthquake drill in Costa Rica

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Around 50 experts on emergencies and disasters form Central America and Ecuador participated in a drill exercise developed in the framework of the regional workshop on disaster response teams held in San Jose, Costa Rica from 19 to 23 April.

The exercise, which used real scenarios (situation room, emergency operations center, shelters, etc.), allowed the implementation of lessons learned and tools developed during the training process of the project, implemented by the Pan American Health Organization with the financial support of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID). This initiative aims at strengthening the disaster response capacity in Central America, Dominican Republic and Ecuador.

Costa Rican institutions such as the Ministry of Health, the Social Insurance Fund, the Red Cross, the National Emergency Commission and the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA), actively participated in the exercise, provided logistical support and tracked the script development and the evaluation process. 

The participants faced complex situations in different areas such as need assessment in the health sector, information management, logistics, shelters, water and sanitation, etc. The expected outcome of the exercise was to generate an action plan to address the risk factors on public health.

Among the lessons learned, participants noted the importance of teamwork, coordination and efficient management and timely flow of information for an adequate decision-making process and effective response. The evaluation of the exercise was very positive and participants generated questions, concerns and new challenges for the future.

 

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