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Argentina 2/26/2015

Province of Córdoba, floods update. The evacuated figure amounted to 600 in the province of Córdoba, affecting the departments of San Justo, Río Primero and Union. There are small flooded localities, with energy supply problems as well as public transportation as roads are blocked. A meteorological alert has been issued. (os. : CBA.GOV.AR); (m.: CLARIN).

Bolivia 2/26/2015

Storm affects Aramani, Quiabaya, and Warisata in the department of La Paz, leaving 2,000 people affected. Losses would exceed the million dollars as infrastructure (bridges), and crops were severely impacted. Frosts are reported in Ingavi and José Manuel Pando provinces. Roads are being restored. (m.: EL-DEBER).

Argentina 2/26/2015

Province of Córdoba, floods update. The evacuated figure amounted to 600 in the province of Córdoba, affecting the departments of San Justo, Río Primero and Union. There are small flooded localities, with energy supply problems as well as public transportation as roads are blocked. A meteorological alert has been issued. (os. : CBA.GOV.AR); (m.: CLARIN).



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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