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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.



PAHO/WHO supports emergency efforts in Peru

Approximately 200,000 people have been affected by heavy rains that have caused the overflowing of rivers and flooding in Peru. More than 15,000 people have been moved to shelters. Houses, schools and health centers have been damaged in the provinces of Alto Amazonas, Datem del Marañon, Loreto, Mariscal Ramón Castilla, Maynas, Requena and Ucayali.

The rising of the Amazon river has prompted the interruption of water supply services in some parts of the country and the sewage collection network has been seriously affected. In addition, the 113 shelters established for the affected population have reported problems with the storage and distribution of drinking water. Cases of Acute Diarrheal Infections and Acute Respiratory Infections have already been detected.

Peruvian authorities have distributed more than 1,000 tons of humanitarian supplies to meet the basic needs of the affected population. These include food and shelter, kitchen and personal hygiene kits. Since the start of the emergency the Ministry of Health has been providing medical assistance in the affected communities and has put prevention measures in place to avoid outbreaks of infectious diseases such as leptospirosis, malaria, and dengue, among others.

 PAHO/WHO continues providing support to national and local health authorities in the response to the emergency and in activities related to strengthening surveillance and control of water quality, waste management, and health promotion for the prevention of diseases. Some of this activities include the strengthening of water treatment for home delivery, fumigation, vector and rodent control, and cleaning of streets contaminated by water.

These activities are part of the water, sanitation and hygiene thematic table, formed to respond to the emergency in the Loreto Region. The members of the table are the Regional Directorate of Health of Loreto, Environmental Health, Plan International, Firefighters United without Borders, UNICEF, and PAHO/WHO.

In this type of emergency, PAHO/WHO recommends that the affected population increase their hygiene practices, including washing hands with soap and water, keeping shelters clean, and paying attention to recommendations regarding safe water consumption.

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