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Mexico - 9/15/2014

Baja California: Hurricane Odile has affected the entire peninsula of Baja California, after making landfall on Sunday in the Los Cabos as a Category 3 hurricane. Five municipalities have been affected. Approximately 7,000 people were evacuated before the hurricane, and 3,000 are in shelters. A Red Alert is maintained because the heavy rains continue. Local response. (o.s: Protección Civil; m.: CNN México, El Universal, Milenio)

Guatemala 09/10/2014

Floods caused by rains in recent weeks have affected 876 people and caused damage to 192 homes in San Benito, Petén. The lack of drainage in some locations contributes to flooding. 50 people are in shelters. In addition, the rain has caused landslides, floods, falling trees and damage to roads in Guatemala City. Local response. (o.s.: CONRED; m.: PrensaLibre)

Mexico - 9/15/2014

Baja California: Hurricane Odile has affected the entire peninsula of Baja California, after making landfall on Sunday in the Los Cabos as a Category 3 hurricane. Five municipalities have been affected. Approximately 7,000 people were evacuated before the hurricane, and 3,000 are in shelters. A Red Alert is maintained because the heavy rains continue. Local response. (o.s: Protección Civil; m.: CNN México, El Universal, Milenio)



Start of the 2012 Hurricane Season Reinforces the Need to be Prepared

The 2012 Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1 in countries with coastlines and maritime territories on the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, and will last until November 30. The most affected region is usually the Caribbean where they also experience tropical storms, cyclones and floods. PAHO/WHO makes an appeal to review and activate the contingency plans for these events, which can cause considerable damage to the communities in the Region. 

We can not avoid the occurrence of these events; however, preventive measures reduce the risks caused by these emergencies. That is why PAHO/WHO is working together with the ministries of health and strategic partners in promoting the necessary actions to prevent the loss of life and damages.

More information about the Hurricane Season and contingency plans:

You may wish to consult the following publications (in Spanish):

 

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