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Honduras 10/27/2014

Tropical Storm Hanna dissipated; however, moderate to mild rainfall remains in the Atlantic coast. A Green Alert has been declared for 24 hours for the departments of Gracias a Dios, Colon, Atlantida, Islas de la Bahia, Yoro and Cortes, places prone to flash floods and landslides, because the soil is saturated as a result of rainfall in previous days. The storm caused the collapse of several bridges and left some villages cut off. (o.s.: COPECO; m.c.: La Tribuna, RedHum).

Panama 10/27/2014

Heavy rainfall in recent days has affected the districts of David, Bugaba and Baru. The swollen rivers have caused the collapse of walls. The movement of garbage has clogged sewers. The Regional Director of the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers, confirmed that the city of David and the District of Bugaba have been left without water. (o.s.: SINAPROC; m.: La Estrella).

Honduras 10/27/2014

Tropical Storm Hanna dissipated; however, moderate to mild rainfall remains in the Atlantic coast. A Green Alert has been declared for 24 hours for the departments of Gracias a Dios, Colon, Atlantida, Islas de la Bahia, Yoro and Cortes, places prone to flash floods and landslides, because the soil is saturated as a result of rainfall in previous days. The storm caused the collapse of several bridges and left some villages cut off. (o.s.: COPECO; m.c.: La Tribuna, RedHum).



Water and sanitation: critical elements in emergencies

On World Water Day we reflect on the need of having access to safe water in disasters

Water, a basic element for life, can be one of the major causes for concern after a disaster. The availability of water in sufficient quantity and quality is critical to provide health care, to ensure its use by the affected population, to maintain minimum standards of hygiene and to support the rescue work, among other activities. On World Water Day, PAHO/WHO calls for reflection on the importance and need of including in risk management plans and response plans actions to ensure access to quality drinking water, sanitation and hygiene during emergencies and disasters.

Ensuring water supply is one of the most important measures during an emergency and, in this sense, the monitoring of water quality becomes an action of vital importance to ensure the delivery of safe water to the affected population, hospitals and health facilities.

Water, sanitation and hygiene also become critical elements to avoid diseases that may occur due to the poor health conditions of the affected area. After disasters, water becomes the most precious value and its shortage or contamination can have serious consequences for public health.

For these reasons, PAHO/WHO reiterates the need of taking the necessary measures to ensure water, sanitation and hygiene to the people affected by disasters. These actions involve a number of actors ranging from local authorities and entities providing water service to the affected community. The success of these activities will depend on the level of coordination between these actors.

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