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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)



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The PAHO Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief presents the Knowledge Center in Public Health and Disasters available online at www.saludydesastres.info.

Providing an open access for all those interested, this online center--organized as a manual or thematic guide--presents an overview of the most important topics on public health and disasters: general concepts, organization of the health sector and policies, disasters risk reduction, disaster preparedness, health response in emergencies and disasters, rehabilitation and reconstruction and alliances and international assistance. Currently, the Center is only available in Spanish; the English version is coming soon.

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