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Mexico 9/19/2014

Tropical storm Polo keeps moving toward the northwest, causing heavy rains in the Central Pacific. In Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco heavy rainfall are expected, as well as in south Baja California. Waves up to 4 meters in coastal areas of Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima. A low-pressure trough in the southeast and east can cause very heavy rainfall in Oaxaca Chiapas and Veracruz. There have been civil disturbances in parts of South Baja California which have generated violent confrontations. (f.o.: SMN, CONAGUA; m.c: El Universal)

Uruguay - 9/18/2014

Floods are affecting six departments (Peach, San Jose, Florida, Soriano, Thirty Three and Canelones). Currently, there are 2,936 people displaced, 400 of them in official shelters. In Durazno, the level of the Yi River has risen to 11.05 meters, almost three more than it’s safe. Other rivers’ levels have gone down to acceptable levels. The response is maintained at the departmental level. (o.s.: SINAE; m.: El País)

Mexico 9/19/2014

Tropical storm Polo keeps moving toward the northwest, causing heavy rains in the Central Pacific. In Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco heavy rainfall are expected, as well as in south Baja California. Waves up to 4 meters in coastal areas of Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima. A low-pressure trough in the southeast and east can cause very heavy rainfall in Oaxaca Chiapas and Veracruz. There have been civil disturbances in parts of South Baja California which have generated violent confrontations. (f.o.: SMN, CONAGUA; m.c: El Universal)



The Cholera Epidemic Maintains its Hold in Haiti

There are currently 30 CTCs, 169 CTUs, and 766 ORPs functioning in-country. The end of the rainy season has contributed to a considerable drop in cholera cases. Currently, an average of 300 cases per day has been observed all over the country, in comparison to 500 cases per day in November. The department currently reporting the highest mortality rates is West. The number of cholera cases is stable or decreasing in the departments of North, North-East, Artibonite, Center, West, South-East, South and Grand Anse, whereas cases in the North-West, are increasing and in Nippes department, the situation can be described as unstable with small peaks.

Cholera Haiti Health Cluster Bulletin 30 (Dec 21 2011) 

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