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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.



World Humanitarian Day—A Date to Acknowledge the Commitment of Health Sector Workers

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) joins the celebration of World Humanitarian Day to recognize the work done by humanitarian workers of all United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, national and local entities and, particularly, the communities that allow the development of a culture where humanitarian assistance can be provided.

PAHO/WHO, through its Department of Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Coordination, will focus its technical cooperation in reducing the impact of emergencies in the public health, especially of the most vulnerable groups, supporting national disaster reduction programs, and strengthening its interaction with all sectors involved in emergencies.

In emergency situations, PAHO/WHO country staff provide technical advice to support the ministries of health in their humanitarian response efforts. When large-scale disasters strike, the Regional Health Response Team—comprised of public health professionals in different areas of expertise—is also activated and deployed to the field.

World Humanitarian Day, celebrated every year on August 19, honors the workers whose purpose in life is to help millions of people affected by natural disasters or armed conflicts around the world, particularly the most vulnerable populations. It was started 10 years ago when a United Nations building in Bagdad was bombed and 22 humanitarian workers were killed. Since then, communities and organizations worldwide have celebrated World Humanitarian Day with different celebrations and public acts to recognize the work of the people who risk their lives in order to help other people.

Turn words into aid

This year, the global celebration of this date aims to turn words into aid, and it is a continuation of last year’s campaign that brought together one billion people, through the web, in support of humanitarian causes. This year’s campaign aims to mobilize the world, through words, to help all the people who need help. The objective is that businesses, people and organizations choose words to complete the phrase “The World Needs More _____” and disseminate the message through social media.

The celebration of this day is an opportunity to recognize the need to respect and continue supporting the commitment of humanitarian workers who, under the principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence, support communities to rebuild their lives after disasters, to become more resilient to future crises.

Links:

More information on World Humanitarian Day

OCHA’s message on World Humanitarian Day

Campaign’s video

World Humanitarian Day 2013 Message
 

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