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

Colombia 7/22/2014

Bolivar Department. Gale causes damage to 293 homes in five municipalities, in schools and public buildings, and temporary cuts in electric service. Municipal authorities of Zambrano will provide shelter to those affected. (m.: El Universal).

Ecuador 7/22/2014

Sucumbíos Province. Lago Agrio Municipality. Oil spill affects at least eight families of the Kichwa Sinchiurco indigenous community; water deposits and roofs of homes have been contaminated. (m.: El Universo).

Honduras 7/22/2014

Drought. A humanitarian assistance plan and agricultural support will start on 1 August for 72,000 families affected by the drought in 64 municipalities, in ten departments. Support from WFP and FAO. (o.s.: COPECO; m.: El Heraldo)

Peru 7/22/2014

Ubinas Volcano. Increased seismic activity. An explosion was registered early Monday, forming columns 4,500 meters above the peak of the volcano; ash has fallen in eight towns surrounding the volcanoes. Families evacuated from Querapi have been relocated to Pampas de Jaguay (o.s.:INDECI ; m.: Andina).

Venezuela 7/22/2014

Portuguesa State. Papelón, Sucre, and Guanare municipalities. Floods cause one death and affect 1,021 families; Papelón has suffered the brunt of the damage. State response, mobilization of health teams, increased epidemiological monitoring. (m.: Noticia al Día, Venezolana de TV, El Nacional).

Colombia 7/22/2014

Bolivar Department. Gale causes damage to 293 homes in five municipalities, in schools and public buildings, and temporary cuts in electric service. Municipal authorities of Zambrano will provide shelter to those affected. (m.: 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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