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Paraguay 12/19/2014

Heavy rain caused the drainage system to collapse at the Center of Medical Emergencies (CEM).   The effect of the water produced the fall of the ceiling at the ambulatory assistance area, where RAC is carried out (patient reception area) and also part of the emergencies area.   There were no disruptions generated in the service provided to the patients. (m.c.: ADNDIGITAL)

Chile 12/19/2014

Update. Wildfires monitoring Red Alert for the communes of Alto Biobío and Quilaco as they are being affected by wildfires: "Laguna El Barco" fire has been controlled. In the Alto Biobío commune an approximate 1.6 hectares of araucaria and native forest is being affected.   Brigades and a CONAF helicopter worked today on control tasks.   The "Reserva Nalcas" wild fire in the Quilaco commune affects an area of 12 hectares. The "Vilucura" wild fire, in the Quilaco commune affects an 0.2 hectares of native forest and thicket.   Helicopter from CONAF has been assisting on this task.   (o.s.: ONEMI)

Paraguay 12/19/2014

Heavy rain caused the drainage system to collapse at the Center of Medical Emergencies (CEM).   The effect of the water produced the fall of the ceiling at the ambulatory assistance area, where RAC is carried out (patient reception area) and also part of the emergencies area.   There were no disruptions generated in the service provided to the patients. (m.c.: ADNDIGITAL)


Guidelines for Mainstreaming the Needs of Older Persons in Disaster Situations in the Caribbean

Although disasters are a common occurrence in the Caribbean, the burden is not shared equally throughout society. The vulnerability of a person or group of persons will affect their ability to cope and survive in a disaster. Older persons, as a group, are frequently identified as among the most vulnerable segments of the population.

While it is true that the vulnerability of older persons is gaining attention, much more needs to be done to meet their particular needs, while at the same time recognizing that they have unique capacities and contributions to make in preparing for and responding to disasters. It is important to keep in mind that a large segment of the over-age-60 population has one or more disability, whether physical, mental or sensory, and that this increases to more than 50% in the over-age-80 group.

This publication takes a look at older people in disaster situations, with a particular focus on the Caribbean, and provides an overview of considerations to ensure that this group of people has the required response to their needs in disasters.

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