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Colombia 10/26/2014

Chiles-Cerro Negro volcanic complex Activity. 342 homes have been damaged and 55 are uninhabitable. SGC-OVSP and IGEPN have improved monitoring instrumentation with the installation of new seismic stations, accelerographic video cameras, and other equipment. Among the problems detected are 4-km zones with high risk for projectile expulsion, the Chiles and Blanco rivers have high probability of landslides, seismic activity continues with an average of 300 events per hour, and there is a magma body threatening to surface south of the Chiles volcano. Cumbal: A preliminary analysis will be delivered on Thursday, it is 80% finished. Ash pollution in the Chiles area. National response. (o.s.: (f.o.: SGC; PAHO Colombia).

Honduras 10/26/2014

Drought. The emergency caused by the drought is affecting nearly one million people in 165 municipalities, of which, about 72,400 families are in need of humanitarian assistance. The families with the more urgent needs are those of small subsistence farmers and landless laborers, and people who are in extreme vulnerability with few resources to cope with conditions of food insecurity, water shortages and declining revenue. The drought was predicted in February. National and international response. (m.: RedHum).

Colombia 10/26/2014

Chiles-Cerro Negro volcanic complex Activity. 342 homes have been damaged and 55 are uninhabitable. SGC-OVSP and IGEPN have improved monitoring instrumentation with the installation of new seismic stations, accelerographic video cameras, and other equipment. Among the problems detected are 4-km zones with high risk for projectile expulsion, the Chiles and Blanco rivers have high probability of landslides, seismic activity continues with an average of 300 events per hour, and there is a magma body threatening to surface south of the Chiles volcano. Cumbal: A preliminary analysis will be delivered on Thursday, it is 80% finished. Ash pollution in the Chiles area. National response. (o.s.: (f.o.: SGC; PAHO Colombia).



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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