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Brazil 1/23/2015

Civil Defense declared Emergency in four municipalities. Mato Verde City (MG), is experiencing drought, Rio Branco do Sul (PR), heavy rains; Novo Tiradentes (RS), and Uruguayana (RS), were stricken by sudden floods. (os.: DEFENSA CIVIL).

Peru 1/23/2015

Drought, due to the reduction of rains, seven dams that supply Arequipa would only have water for a little more than three months. Every year the dams of the System of Chili Regulado should store more than 300 million cubic meters (m3) of water.   Of this figure, 210 million are in order to meet the minimum needs for the city (energy, population use, agricultural sector, industry and others) and other 100 million in order to have them in reserve for emergencies. (m.: LAREPUBLICA).

Chile 1/23/2015

Wild fires Summary. Update 22 January - 47 Reported Fires: 7 active (O'Higgins, Biobío, Los Rios, Los Lagos and Aysén); 28 controlled (Metropolitan, Maule, Biobío, La Araucanía, Los Rios y Los Lagos). There are 12 extinguished fires (Valparaiso, Metropolitana, Maule, Biobío, La Araucanía and Los Ríos) which affected nearly 15 thousand hectares of vegetation.
People and homes affected: Two deceased people, 104 victims, 30 homes destroyed, It was also reported the destruction of two warehouses and one School. (fo.: ONEMI).

Brazil 1/23/2015

Civil Defense declared Emergency in four municipalities. Mato Verde City (MG), is experiencing drought, Rio Branco do Sul (PR), heavy rains; Novo Tiradentes (RS), and Uruguayana (RS), were stricken by sudden floods. (os.: DEFENSA CIVIL).



Health Response to the Earthquake in Haiti - January 2010

Lessons to be learned for the next massive sudden-onset disaster

The 12 January 2010 earthquake was the most devastating of many major sudden-impact natural disasters affecting Haiti in the last 10 years. The health impact of the earthquake in absolute terms (number of dead and injured) was among the highest in recent times. When the needs are compared to the country’s response capacity, this disaster was truly unprecedented.

The level of response, especially in the health sector, was generous, even overwhelming. Organization of the massive, global response was challenging, and many of the problems seen in past disasters were replayed in Haiti. Information was scarce, decisions were often not evidence-based, and there were serious gaps in overall or sectoral coordination.

The book and the summaries present lessons to be learned from Haiti with the aim of improving the health sector’s response in major, sudden-onset disasters in the future. It also identifies opportunities provided by the disaster for making significant changes in health services in Haiti. One of the key lessons of the Haiti tragedy is that coordination can only be effective where national authorities are equipped to assume leadership and establish relief and recovery priorities.

The publications give particular emphasis to those lessons that are of general interest, i.e., not specific to the case of Haiti. The international community has much to learn from the response in Haiti where it has shown an ability to repeat its errors and shortcomings from past disasters.

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