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Mexico 9/19/2014

Tropical storm Polo keeps moving toward the northwest, causing heavy rains in the Central Pacific. In Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco heavy rainfall are expected, as well as in south Baja California. Waves up to 4 meters in coastal areas of Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima. A low-pressure trough in the southeast and east can cause very heavy rainfall in Oaxaca Chiapas and Veracruz. There have been civil disturbances in parts of South Baja California which have generated violent confrontations. (f.o.: SMN, CONAGUA; m.c: El Universal)

Uruguay - 9/18/2014

Floods are affecting six departments (Peach, San Jose, Florida, Soriano, Thirty Three and Canelones). Currently, there are 2,936 people displaced, 400 of them in official shelters. In Durazno, the level of the Yi River has risen to 11.05 meters, almost three more than it’s safe. Other rivers’ levels have gone down to acceptable levels. The response is maintained at the departmental level. (o.s.: SINAE; m.: El País)

Mexico 9/19/2014

Tropical storm Polo keeps moving toward the northwest, causing heavy rains in the Central Pacific. In Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco heavy rainfall are expected, as well as in south Baja California. Waves up to 4 meters in coastal areas of Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima. A low-pressure trough in the southeast and east can cause very heavy rainfall in Oaxaca Chiapas and Veracruz. There have been civil disturbances in parts of South Baja California which have generated violent confrontations. (f.o.: SMN, CONAGUA; m.c: El Universal)



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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