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Mexico 9/20-22/2014

Update Hurricane Odile. Five municipalities in Baja California declared disaster zones. The most affected areas are La Paz, Comondú, Loreto, Los Cabos, and Mulege. The delivery of supplies to the affected families of those municipalities has started. National response. (o.s.: Gobernación; m.: El Universal)

Uruguay 9/20-22/2014

Update floods. The number of evacuees remains at 296, and those who left voluntarily, at 4294. The Yi River level continues to go down and is below the safe zone. People will begin returning to Durazno and Soriano today. The emergency situation caused by the floods in the south of the country remains under control. The National Emergency System, through its Departmental Emergency Committees, continues to coordinate response activities. (o.s.: SINAE)

Mexico 9/20-22/2014

Update Hurricane Odile. Five municipalities in Baja California declared disaster zones. The most affected areas are La Paz, Comondú, Loreto, Los Cabos, and Mulege. The delivery of supplies to the affected families of those municipalities has started. National response. (o.s.: Gobernación; m.: El Universal)



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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