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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.



Guía para la inclusión de necesidades de personas mayores en situaciones de desastre en el Caribe

Aunque los desastres son ocurrencia común en el Caribe, la carga no está distribuida equitativamente a través de la sociedad. La vulnerabilidad de una persona o grupo de personas afecta su habilidad de soportar y sobrevivir a un desastre. Las personas mayores, como grupo, con frecuencia son identificadas como uno de los segmentos más vulnerables de la población.

Es cierto que la vulnerabilidad de las personas mayores está llamando cada vez más atención; sin embargo, todavía hay mucho que hacer para satisfacer sus necesidades particulares, al mismo tiempo que se reconoce que tienen capacidades únicas y contribuciones que pueden hacer en los preparativos y respuesta a los desastres. Es importante recordar que un gran segmento de la población de más de 60 años tiene una o más discapacidades, ya sean físicas, mentales o sensoriales, y que estas aumentan a más del 50% en el grupo de 80 años y mayores.

Esta publicación se enfoca en las personas mayores en situaciones de desastre, con enfoque particular en el Caribe. Brinda un resumen de consideraciones que se deben tener en cuenta para asegurar que este grupo de personas cuente con las necesidades básicas en situaciones de desastre.

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