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Situation Report - 21 August 2006

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Since the eruption of the Tungurahua volcano on the 16th August, four deaths have been reported and at least 8 people have varying degrees of burns resulting from the eruption. An estimated 4,000 people have been relocated to shelters.  To date, there are 8 shelters functioning in Tungurahua and 7 in Chimborazo which are occupied at night, but during the day people return to their homes.

Since the eruption of 14 July, there have been increased numbers of patients with respiratory problems, conjunctivitis, dermatitis and acute diarrheal diseases; however, local health services have managed to cope with these increased demands.

The Ministry of Health continues to provide medications and resources for the health units. With this last eruption, current demands for masks, protective glasses and other health care necessities have been met in various health facilities.

The water and sewage system are currently being evaluated by the appropriate authorities. For the most part, people in shelters have been receiving safe drinking water from bottled water and some rural water supply systems.

Some roads, crops and livestock have been affected; however, access to the affected areas is still possible.

Table summarizing the primary effects and needs (CHIMBORAZO)

General Situation

Community

 Principal Effects

 Observations

Priority Needs

City of
Guano

Significant Ashfall (approx. 1 cm. deep

  • Good community response for local clean up efforts
  • Basic services not affected
  • COE organized Presence of MIDUVI, DC

  Masks

Penipe

Significant Ashfall (approx. 1 cm. deep)

  • Basic services have not been affected.
  • Community clean-up efforts.
  • COE Installed.

  Masks


Palictagua

Lahar in the low-lying areas of the community which  destroyed 12 dwellings, including a health center.
2 dead and 2 missing.

  • Population self evacuated to a relatively safe area.
  • Bridge over the Púela river was destroyed.  

Community self-evacuated to safer areas.

Lack of basic services in the low-lying areas of the community.

 

 

Shelters

Community

Shelters

No. Housed

Observations

Guano

  • Guano Theatre
  • Guano Theatre Grounds

350 people

150 people

  • Community leaders are in control
  • Basic services available.
  • Shelters occupied mainly at  night
  • Generally adequate conditions.

Penipe

  • Fire Department
  • Penipe School

350 people

  • Community leaders in control.
  • Generally adequate conditions with  basic services available.
  • Shelters occupied mainly at night.

Riobamba

Galapagos Military Base

 75 people

  • Under military assistance

Riobamba

Self-evacuatated

 2000 persons

  • Displaced population housed with  houses but will require support

     

 

Health

Guano

The health center reports an increase in respiratory infections, conjunctivitis and diarrhea, however, there have been no instances where the increase has exceed local capacity. At the moment, it is assistance is needed for medications and medical supplies. At the moment, the health center continues to meet demands with 24 hour coverage, using 8 hours shift system. 

Penipe

There have been reports of increased respiratory and digestive problems as well as conjunctivitis. Limited number of medications and supplies available.


Table summarizing the primary impact and needs (TUNGURAHUA)

General Situation

Community

Principal Effects

Observations

Priority
Needs

Pelileo

Limited ash fall

Practically undisrupted normal activity in the city

 

El Pingüe

Moderate ash fall

Limited community activities in risk areas due to Police restricted auto traffic, including routes to the city of Banos, where debris has blocked the raods.

 

Patate

Moderate ash and gravel fall

Practically undisrupted normal activity in the city

 

 

Shelters

Community

Shelters

No. Housed

Observations

El Pingue

El Pingue

426 people

  • Under control of community leaders
  • Generally good conditions

Baños

3 Shelters:

  • Police Academy
  • Misael Acosta Institue
  • Union hall

 

 

Cotaló

2  Shelters:

  • Parish House
  • Elementary school

200 persons
100 persons

Run by local authorities

Patate

Patate School

400 persons

  • Under control of the Ecuatorian Red Cross
  • Generally adequate conditions with basic services available.
  • Shelters occupied at night.

Health

Albergue El
Pingue 

Medical teams have visisted and have set up a basic health clinc.
Limited water, bathroom facilities and showers

Penipe

 A system of medical health team visits provided by the health center staff.  Generally good conditions. 


 

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