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Chile 7/29/2014

Biobío Region. Floods and landslides due to rain affect 500 people and damage 130 homes; damage to the emergency room of the Lota Hospital (will be relocated shortly). Yellow Alert remains for storm system until Thursday. (o.s.: ONEMIIntendencia de Biobio, Hospital de Lota ; m.: Biobio Chile, Resumen)

Colombia 7/29/2014

Valle de Cauca department. Buenaventura municipality. Electricity outages since 8 p.m. affect 400,000 people in rural and urban areas; they were possibly caused by attacks on power transformers. The electricity is working in the hospital zone. Emergency plan activated. (m.: El Espectador, Caracol, El Tiempo)

United States 7/29/2014

California. Forest fires in Yosemite National Park, in the Sierra Nevada and in Amador County leave one person injured and damaged 51 homes and buildings. Evacuations underway. Local and state response. (o.s.: CalFire, INCIWEB; m.: KPPC, NBC)

Guatemala 7/29/2014

 Flood and landslide update. 1,541 people affected in the Alta Verapaz, Izabal, and Baja Verapaz Departments. Damage to 268 homes. Response by departamental authorities. (o.s.: CONRED)

Honduras 7/29/2014

Drought affects 28 municipalities in five departments. National response. Food distribution in El Paraíso department. (o.s.: COPECO)

Mexico 7/29/2014

6.4 magnitude earthquake recorded, with a depth of 131 km, 46 km southwest of Isla (Veracruz), no major damage. Fence in Civil Hospital of Oaxaca falls, no victims. Activation of security protocols, state governments initiate monitoring for possible damage. (o.s.:  Gobierno del DF, Gobierno de Oaxaca, Gobierno de Veracruz;  m.: Milenio).

Chile 7/29/2014

Biobío Region. Floods and landslides due to rain affect 500 people and damage 130 homes; damage to the emergency room of the Lota Hospital (will be relocated shortly). Yellow Alert remains for storm system until Thursday. (o.s.: ONEMIIntendencia de Biobio, Hospital de Lota ; m.: Biobio Chile, Resumen)



PAHO Inaugurates new Emergency Operations Center and Knowledge Center

The new PAHO Emergency Operations Center and Knowledge Center was inaugurated during the 150th Executive Committee Meeting in PAHO headquarters in Washington, D.C. The design of the Center seeks to respond to the new and complex challenges of public health crises and disaster situations. The interconnected and flexible work spaces will improve the exchange of information and the Organization’s response to the needs of the Member States.

The ceremony was led by Mirta Roses Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization, together with Edward Gabriel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Miriam Morales, President of the PAHO Executive Committee and Delegate from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The Center will integrate a dynamic space with the use of new information technologies and communications with information dissemination services, through the use of institutional and social networks. It also has the technology needed to connect the PAHO headquarters with country offices in Member States and response teams working in the field. The Center is equipped with self-sufficient energy sources and installations to ensure the continuity of services, even in the most difficult conditions.

The video (in Spanish) provides additional information on the functions of the new Emergency Operations Center and Knowledge Center.

 

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