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

Colombia 8/29/2014

Atlántico Department, City of Barranquilla: Heavy rains with strong winds that hit Barranquilla affected more than 1,500 families. According to authorities, there is a missing person, and dozens of cars were dragged by flowing water. The authorities are asking the community to remain alert and use caution near streams, as more rain is being forecast for the weekend. (m.c: Caracol).

Turks and Caicos 8/29/2014

Significant flooding over the weekend of 23-24 August 2014, as a result of Tropical Storm Cristobal. Around 12 inches of rain fell in the TCI. The most affected islands were North Caicos, Providenciales and Middle Caicos. Floodwaters were several feet deep (estimated at 5 feet) on the islands of North Caicos and Providenciales. Downed trees and power lines were also reported. (PAHO/WHO  Country Office).

Colombia 8/29/2014

Atlántico Department, City of Barranquilla: Heavy rains with strong winds that hit Barranquilla affected more than 1,500 families. According to authorities, there is a missing person, and dozens of cars were dragged by flowing water. The authorities are asking the community to remain alert and use caution near streams, as more rain is being forecast for the weekend. (m.c: Caracol).



Surveillance of Risk Factors in Shelters during Emergencies

In emergency situations or disasters caused by meteorological events, such as the floods currently affecting several countries in the region, changes in environmental conditions are usual and they increase the risks to public health, particularly in those places where it is necessary to shelter the affected population.

It is important to take action for the timely identification of risk factors and take immediate decisions to ensure the population with protection measures and health promotion in these situations. 

 

The guide Surveillance of Risk Factors in Shelters (produced by PAHO/WHO) becomes an useful tool for the health sector staff, giving general guidance on issues such as mental health, sexual and reproductive health, water, sanitation and hygiene, vector control and nutrition among others, assessing the public health conditions in the shelters and allowing to follow up on the necessary actions and decision-making to ensure appropriate conditions for the population.

 

You can download the guide at the following link (in Spanish): 

Vigilancia de factores de riesgo en albergues: tarjetas para los encargados de albergues (OPS/OMS, 2007)

 

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