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From official sources (O.S.) and media (M). It does not represent PAHO's official position.

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).



The Hurricane Season Has Not Ended

The current hurricane season has brought several tropical storms and hurricanes to countries that have coastlines along the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. So far, there have been fourteen tropical storms in the Caribbean, among them: Emily, Irene and Katia which have caused damage in the Caribbean and United States. The latest, Rina, affected the coast of Cancun, Mexico. In the Pacific, seven hurricanes have been reported: Adrian, Beatriz, Calvin, Dora, Eugene, Greg and Hilary.

This hurricane season is having an activity above normal so it is necessary to review and activate the contingency plans for this type of events that can cause significant damage to communities in the region.

We can not avoid the occurrence of these events; however, preventive measures reduce the risks caused by these emergencies. That is why PAHO/WHO is working together with the ministries of health and strategic partners in promoting the necessary actions to prevent the loss of life and damages. 

You may wish to consult the following publications (in Spanish):

Evaluación de necesidades en el sector salud con posterioridad a inundaciones y huracanes (OPS/OMS)

Guía para la mitigación de riesgos naturales en las instalaciones de la salud en los países de América Latina (OPS/OMS)

 

More information about the Hurricane Season and contingency plans:

 

 

 

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