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Peru 1/30/2015

Loreto Department, constant rains increase the flow of the Huallaga river, causing the flooding of agriculture areas in the localities of Achuai Tipishca, Vista Alegre and San Manuel, district of Lagunas, in the Alto Amazonas province. (os. : INDECI).

Mexico 1/30/2015

Update - Federal District, Cujimalpa–Collapse of the Maternal and Child Hospital.  A fuel tanker exploded near a hospital injuring 72, 14 in serious conditions and killing 3.   The Maternal and Child hospital underwent damages in 30% of its structure due to the explosion. Patients were sent to 10 Public hospitals of the Social Security Institute. Response at local level. (os. : Gobierno-Federal; Presidencia de la Republica; Cruz Roja Mexicana); (mc.: Azteca Noticias; CNNMx).

Peru 1/30/2015

Loreto Department, constant rains increase the flow of the Huallaga river, causing the flooding of agriculture areas in the localities of Achuai Tipishca, Vista Alegre and San Manuel, district of Lagunas, in the Alto Amazonas province. (os. : INDECI).



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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