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Colombia 7/31/2014

Sucre Department. Caimito and San Benito Abad Municipalities. Strong winds and rains damage 110 homes. Departmental and local response. Windy weather will continue to November in Sucre. (m.: El Espectador)

Guatemala 7/31/2014

Alta Verapaz Department. Panzós Municipality. Landslides and floods from overflow of the Polochic River affect more than 15,000 people and damage 2,526 homes and crops in 57 communities. Municipal government declares red alert. (o.s.: CONRED)

Honduras 7/31/2014

Drought affects agricultural production. The government estimates that it will affect 76,000 families; they have begun distribution of food and water to 25,000 families in 28 municipalities in El Paraíso, Choluteca Valle, and La Paz. Food and water, retention, and water storage assistance available. (o.s.: Presidencia de Honduras; m.: El Heraldo)

Colombia 7/31/2014

Sucre Department. Caimito and San Benito Abad Municipalities. Strong winds and rains damage 110 homes. Departmental and local response. Windy weather will continue to November in Sucre. (m.: El Espectador)



Disaster Reduction Themes Included at the 50th Directing Council

Dr. Margaret ChanDuring her speech at the opening of PAHO/WHO's 50th Directing Council, Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO's Director General, mentioned two of the disaster reduction tools developed by PAHO/WHO, the Hospital Safety Index and the assessment tool for managing health services in ways that improve efficiency and cut costs. In addition, a Plan of Action on Safe Hospitals is one of the items of the meeting's agenda, that will be discussed on Thursday, September 30. In the link below you can see Dr. Chang's speech and the document of Safe Hospitals.

Plan of Action on Safe Hospitals

Dr. Margaret Chan's Speech opening 50th Directing Council at the Pan American Health Organization

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