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Bolivia 1/28/2015

More than 2,000 families in the municipality of Azurduy, in Chuquisaca, have suffered losses in crop production, due to torrential rains and hailstorms during the month of January. (m.: ELPAIS).

Guatemala 1/27/2015

Low temperatures. The departments of Sacatepéquez, Quetzaltenango and Guatemala have sheltered nearly 2,500 people thus far in 2015 to protect them from the low temperatures. The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) has set up 14 shelters throughout the country. (m:.Publinews).

Bolivia 1/28/2015

More than 2,000 families in the municipality of Azurduy, in Chuquisaca, have suffered losses in crop production, due to torrential rains and hailstorms during the month of January. (m.: ELPAIS).



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.

 

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