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Chile 3/26/2015

Antofagasta, Atacama, and Coquimbo: Flash flooding generated by intense rains related to a cold front that affects the northern area of the country and that causing rivers to breach their banks. Seven reported deaths and the 19 missing, nearly 500 homes affected, 35 destroyed and nearly 2000 people in shelters. Atacama is the region that has been primarily affected. According to authorities (ONEMI), the most critical areas affected in Atacama are located in Chañaral, Copiapó, Alto del Carmen and Tierra Amarilla. Damage assessment is in progress but access and communication difficulty hinders data collection. Several hospitals have reported damages and are only partially functioning. The Ministry of Health evaluates the situation of the assistance network and issues adjustments in the services network and a Sanitary Alert in Atacama and recommendations. A State of Emergency decree has been issued for the current emergency. ENFERMEPEDIA.

Ecuador 3/26/2015

  • De Los Rios Province: Areas of Babahoyo and nearby localities flooded after 8 hours of intense rain.   Areas of the center and the periphery were flooded yesterday. The Prefecture, Social Security, terrestrial terminal among others buildings were affected by the floods. (mc.: eluniverso).
  • Via Aloag-Santo Domingo (Update) Landslide site that killed 5 people is declared a cemetery.  The bodies cannot be rescued as the site is not safe.  A total are 13 fatal victims including two people in the parish Alluriquín. (m.: eluniverso).

Peru 3/26/2015

Landslide, March 24, 19:00hrs local time. Choros District, Cajamarca Department; 34 homes affected, 9 collapsed, 25 unsafe to return and 0.5km of rural road also affected.  (os.: INDECI).

Chile 3/26/2015

Antofagasta, Atacama, and Coquimbo: Flash flooding generated by intense rains related to a cold front that affects the northern area of the country and that causing rivers to breach their banks. Seven reported deaths and the 19 missing, nearly 500 homes affected, 35 destroyed and nearly 2000 people in shelters. Atacama is the region that has been primarily affected. According to authorities (ONEMI), the most critical areas affected in Atacama are located in Chañaral, Copiapó, Alto del Carmen and Tierra Amarilla. Damage assessment is in progress but access and communication difficulty hinders data collection. Several hospitals have reported damages and are only partially functioning. The Ministry of Health evaluates the situation of the assistance network and issues adjustments in the services network and a Sanitary Alert in Atacama and recommendations. A State of Emergency decree has been issued for the current emergency. ENFERMEPEDIA.



Guía para el desarrollo de simulaciones y simulacros de emergencias y desastres

Uno de los instrumentos más apropiados para evaluar y poner a prueba los planes de preparativos y respuesta son los ejercicios de simulación y los simulacros que, durante muchos años, han sido ampliamente utilizados por las organizaciones que trabajan en la preparación o en la respuesta a los desastres. Además, las simulaciones y simulacros son también excelentes instrumentos de capacitación, de evaluación de herramientas y procesos, de ejercicio de toma decisiones, de trabajo en equipo y de coordinación intra e intersectorial.

En la preparación de este documento, la Organización Panamericana de Salud ha trabajado con un grupo de expertos de América Latina y el Caribe sistematizando y revisando experiencias para preparar una serie de lineamientos prácticos que faciliten la planificación y la ejecución de simulaciones y simulacros. En la guía se establecen las pautas para la organización, desarrollo y evaluación de simulaciones y simulacros y se plantean los diferentes usos que se le pueden dar a estos ejercicios, siempre en el contexto de las emergencias y desastres. Esta herramienta busca apoyar principalmente, pero no en forma exclusiva, a las organizaciones de salud, en sus procesos de revisión y actualización de preparativos y respuesta a emergencias y desastres.

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