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Chile 3/26/2015

Antofagasta, Atacama, and Coquimbo: Flash flooding generated by intense rains related to a cold front that affects the northern area of the country and that causing rivers to breach their banks. Seven reported deaths and the 19 missing, nearly 500 homes affected, 35 destroyed and nearly 2000 people in shelters. Atacama is the region that has been primarily affected. According to authorities (ONEMI), the most critical areas affected in Atacama are located in Chañaral, Copiapó, Alto del Carmen and Tierra Amarilla. Damage assessment is in progress but access and communication difficulty hinders data collection. Several hospitals have reported damages and are only partially functioning. The Ministry of Health evaluates the situation of the assistance network and issues adjustments in the services network and a Sanitary Alert in Atacama and recommendations. A State of Emergency decree has been issued for the current emergency. ENFERMEPEDIA.

Ecuador 3/26/2015

  • De Los Rios Province: Areas of Babahoyo and nearby localities flooded after 8 hours of intense rain.   Areas of the center and the periphery were flooded yesterday. The Prefecture, Social Security, terrestrial terminal among others buildings were affected by the floods. (mc.: eluniverso).
  • Via Aloag-Santo Domingo (Update) Landslide site that killed 5 people is declared a cemetery.  The bodies cannot be rescued as the site is not safe.  A total are 13 fatal victims including two people in the parish Alluriquín. (m.: eluniverso).

Peru 3/26/2015

Landslide, March 24, 19:00hrs local time. Choros District, Cajamarca Department; 34 homes affected, 9 collapsed, 25 unsafe to return and 0.5km of rural road also affected.  (os.: INDECI).

Chile 3/26/2015

Antofagasta, Atacama, and Coquimbo: Flash flooding generated by intense rains related to a cold front that affects the northern area of the country and that causing rivers to breach their banks. Seven reported deaths and the 19 missing, nearly 500 homes affected, 35 destroyed and nearly 2000 people in shelters. Atacama is the region that has been primarily affected. According to authorities (ONEMI), the most critical areas affected in Atacama are located in Chañaral, Copiapó, Alto del Carmen and Tierra Amarilla. Damage assessment is in progress but access and communication difficulty hinders data collection. Several hospitals have reported damages and are only partially functioning. The Ministry of Health evaluates the situation of the assistance network and issues adjustments in the services network and a Sanitary Alert in Atacama and recommendations. A State of Emergency decree has been issued for the current emergency. ENFERMEPEDIA.



Salud Mental y Apoyo Psicosocial en Situaciones de Desastre en el Caribe

En el último decenio se han producido muchas publicaciones que tratan con temas de salud mental en situaciones de desastre. Sin embargo, la realidad del Caribe, con un número limitado de profesionales de salud mental y su alta vulnerabilidad a amenazas naturales, requiere material que se dirija específicamente a estas características y refleje los enfoques y avances más recientes. Esta publicación está dirigida a administradores del sector salud del Caribe, trabajadores comunitarios y otros profesionales de desastres y salud. Brinda pautas para mejorar la respuesta a la salud mental y el apoyo psicosocial, en particular en dos fases del ciclo del desastre: preparativos y respuesta, y en menor grado, recuperación.

Se espera que, como parte de otras actividades, las autoridades de salud fomentarán el uso de esta publicación para organizar cursos de capacitación dirigidos a personal involucrado en la respuesta a los desastres. Aunque la mayoría de expertos en salud mental ya está al tanto de los temas que se discuten, es posible que no estén tan familiarizados con la realidad de un escenario posdesastre, en el cual sus habilidades formarán parte de la respuesta del sector de salud.

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