Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief

Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief


Home

Monitoring Emergencies



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

Bolivia 12/24/2014

Oruro: Lake Poopó. The mass death of fish and birds has prompted a departmental emergency declaration and disaster area. The Legislative Assembly of Oruro Department approved Tuesday night a law declaring a departmental emergency and disaster area for Lake Poopó due to the mass death of fish and waterfowl that occurred last month. Local response by SEDAG, the military and the community. (m.: ABI).

USA 12/24/2014

Mississippi, Lousiana. A powerful storm system is causing heavy rain and tornadoes. The severe weather is blamed for at least four deaths and dozens of injuries. The hardest-hit areas are Columbia, Mississippi and Amite City, Louisiana. A local hospital was being forced to run on backup power to treat the injured. (fo.: MEMA mc.: CBS News).

Bolivia 12/24/2014

Oruro: Lake Poopó. The mass death of fish and birds has prompted a departmental emergency declaration and disaster area. The Legislative Assembly of Oruro Department approved Tuesday night a law declaring a departmental emergency and disaster area for Lake Poopó due to the mass death of fish and waterfowl that occurred last month. Local response by SEDAG, the military and the community. (m.: ABI).



Floods in Central America

Health authorities in Central America have been deploying field teams for damage assessment, surveillance, water and sanitation and mental health assessments, after heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

In addition to deaths and injuries, damages to health facilities and equipment and losses of health supplies have been reported. Respiratory infections as well as wound and skin infections are being reported from shelters. Standing water is known to increase mosquito populations, raising concerns in areas that are already known to have dengue. Gastroenteritis and leptospirosis are endemic in all four countries and flooding and displacement are expected to cause an increase in the number of cases of these diseases.

Preventive measures for the population include hand washing with water and soap or ash before preparing food, eating or feeding children and after defecating or handling the waste of children or people who are sick.

 

Facebook Disasters Twitter Disasters You Tube Disasters

Knowledge Center on Public Health and Disasters 

 


 

Regional Office of the World Health Organization
525 Twenty-third Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, United States of America
Tel: +1 (202) 974-3000  Fax: +1 (202) 974-3663