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Colombia 8/29/2014

Atlántico Department, City of Barranquilla: Heavy rains with strong winds that hit Barranquilla affected more than 1,500 families. According to authorities, there is a missing person, and dozens of cars were dragged by flowing water. The authorities are asking the community to remain alert and use caution near streams, as more rain is being forecast for the weekend. (m.c: Caracol).

Turks and Caicos 8/29/2014

Significant flooding over the weekend of 23-24 August 2014, as a result of Tropical Storm Cristobal. Around 12 inches of rain fell in the TCI. The most affected islands were North Caicos, Providenciales and Middle Caicos. Floodwaters were several feet deep (estimated at 5 feet) on the islands of North Caicos and Providenciales. Downed trees and power lines were also reported. (PAHO/WHO  Country Office).

Colombia 8/29/2014

Atlántico Department, City of Barranquilla: Heavy rains with strong winds that hit Barranquilla affected more than 1,500 families. According to authorities, there is a missing person, and dozens of cars were dragged by flowing water. The authorities are asking the community to remain alert and use caution near streams, as more rain is being forecast for the weekend. (m.c: Caracol).



Earthquake and Tsunami in Chile - Disaster Chronicle and Lessons Learned

On February 27, 2010 Chile was struck by a 8.8 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit coastal areas in a long stretch of the country. The most affected regions were Maule and Bio Bio, with heavy loss of lives and public and private property, and major damage to the health infrastructure. This earthquake has been considered one of the five most powerful recorded in modern history.

PAHO/WHO and the Ministry of Health decided that it was necessary to prepare a technical paper as a chronicle, describing the facts, analyzing the impact and the country's and international response to the health sector. Secondary sources were used to gather information for the document--emergency regulations, situation reports, preliminary assessments, records and minutes, among other documents-- as well as interviews with different authorities and health teams in Santiago, Talca and Concepción, and wil ONEMI authorities from Maule and Bío Bío.

The first chapter of the publication describes the demographic, social, economic and seismic aspects of the country, a description of the earthquake and tsunami, as well as the damage caused by the event and its economic impact. The second chapter deals with the national response to the disaster, making an overview of the institutions interventions, the needs generated by the event, and identifies critical and facilitating factors of the response. The third chapter describes health sector damages and response to the disaster, including emergency operations to mitigate the impact of the event on public health and for the recovery of the health services. The fourth chapter contains important lessons learned for the health sector.

The publication is available for download (as a PDF file) in Spanish only.

 

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