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Peru 9/30/2014

Update 5.1 Earthquake. In its latest assessment, the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) said that 100 percent of the homes in the village of Miska are uninhabitable. Cusco’s Regional Health Authority (Diresa) mobilized two health brigades to Paruro Province; in addition a health care tent was installed in the village of Miska and ambulances were mobilized to area affected by the earthquake of 27 September. The brigades include doctors, psychologists, nurses and technicians, and they brought tents and medicine to the affected area to provide health care and psycosocial support to the population. Also, monitoring of environmental risk will be conducted. A 3.6 magnitude aftershock struck the same region yesterday; however, there have been no additional reports of damage or casualties. (f.o .: Ministry of Health); m.c .: La República)

Peru 9/30/2014

Update 5.1 Earthquake. In its latest assessment, the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) said that 100 percent of the homes in the village of Miska are uninhabitable. Cusco’s Regional Health Authority (Diresa) mobilized two health brigades to Paruro Province; in addition a health care tent was installed in the village of Miska and ambulances were mobilized to area affected by the earthquake of 27 September. The brigades include doctors, psychologists, nurses and technicians, and they brought tents and medicine to the affected area to provide health care and psycosocial support to the population. Also, monitoring of environmental risk will be conducted. A 3.6 magnitude aftershock struck the same region yesterday; however, there have been no additional reports of damage or casualties. (f.o .: Ministry of Health); m.c .: La República)



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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