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Mexico 9/19/2014

Tropical storm Polo keeps moving toward the northwest, causing heavy rains in the Central Pacific. In Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco heavy rainfall are expected, as well as in south Baja California. Waves up to 4 meters in coastal areas of Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima. A low-pressure trough in the southeast and east can cause very heavy rainfall in Oaxaca Chiapas and Veracruz. There have been civil disturbances in parts of South Baja California which have generated violent confrontations. (f.o.: SMN, CONAGUA; m.c: El Universal)

Uruguay - 9/18/2014

Floods are affecting six departments (Peach, San Jose, Florida, Soriano, Thirty Three and Canelones). Currently, there are 2,936 people displaced, 400 of them in official shelters. In Durazno, the level of the Yi River has risen to 11.05 meters, almost three more than it’s safe. Other rivers’ levels have gone down to acceptable levels. The response is maintained at the departmental level. (o.s.: SINAE; m.: El País)

Mexico 9/19/2014

Tropical storm Polo keeps moving toward the northwest, causing heavy rains in the Central Pacific. In Sinaloa, Nayarit and Jalisco heavy rainfall are expected, as well as in south Baja California. Waves up to 4 meters in coastal areas of Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima. A low-pressure trough in the southeast and east can cause very heavy rainfall in Oaxaca Chiapas and Veracruz. There have been civil disturbances in parts of South Baja California which have generated violent confrontations. (f.o.: SMN, CONAGUA; m.c: El Universal)



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:

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