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Hurricane Ida Photos - November 2009

Photos of the affected area

The municipality of Verapaz (in the department of San Vicente, El Salvador) was one of the most affected areas. The mud- and landslides caused by Hurricane Ida's heavy rains carried away many houses and at least 19 persons in this municipality lost their lives. © PAHO/WHO

The external walls of Verapaz’s health center were directly hit by the mudslides and inside the building, flood waters rose to a height of 1.5 meters. The building itself and all equipment were declared a total loss. Work is underway to relocate the facility to a less at-risk area. © PAHO/WHO

In the photo, the PAHO/WHO Representative and  other Organization health experts mobilized to assist in the response visit the department of San Vicente to assess conditions in health facilities and shelters. © PAHO/WHO

PAHO/WHO continues to work to restore water supply systems damaged by the disaster so that affected communities will have safe drinking water. In the photo, PAHO/WHO health experts analyze the quality of water samples in the municipality of Verapaz. © PAHO/WHO

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