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Colombia 7/21/2014

Atlantic Coast. Drought affecting La Guajira, Magdalena, Atlantic and Cordoba departments. There are insufficient water sources to supply Santa Marta (Magdalena). UNGR deployed operative to evaluate drought situation. Preventive preparedness measures against possible “El Niño” phenomenon. Active operations for water supply in nine municipalities of Santa Marta (Magdalena) and six municipalities of the Cordoba department. The second phase of the relief operation for La Guajira was completed on 11 July, assisting 22,000 families in 18 localities. (o.s.: UNGR; m.: Caracol)

Nicaragua 7/21/2014

San Cristobal volcano. Return to normality after ash and gas explosions on Sunday. Ashfall in communities near the volcano. Family meting points were activated and shelters were identified. Monitoring in progress. (m.: El 19 Digital, El Nuevo Diario)

United States 7/21/2014

Wisconsin State. Diesel spill after train collision causes two injuries and prompts the evacuation of 100 homes. (m.: CNN)

Washington State. Four active forest fires; 100 homes have been destroyed, and evacuations are in progress. State of emergency declared. (o.s.: FEMA; m.: WorldBulletin, KAJ 18).

 

Colombia 7/21/2014

Atlantic Coast. Drought affecting La Guajira, Magdalena, Atlantic and Cordoba departments. There are insufficient water sources to supply Santa Marta (Magdalena). UNGR deployed operative to evaluate drought situation. Preventive preparedness measures against possible “El Niño” phenomenon. Active operations for water supply in nine municipalities of Santa Marta (Magdalena) and six municipalities of the Cordoba department. The second phase of the relief operation for La Guajira was completed on 11 July, assisting 22,000 families in 18 localities. (o.s.: UNGR; m.: Caracol)



Tropical Storm Isaac

The final toll of Tropical Storm Isaac was two people dead in the U.S. and 24 in Haiti. In addition hundreds of thousands of people were left withtout electricity. In Haiti there was an increase in cholera cases and in the Dominican Republic  hundreds of people had to be moved to shelters. Also, in the Dominican Republic six hospitals and one health center were affected by the heavy rains. 

The Dominican Republic's National Emergency Operations  Center (EOC) reported 29,875 displaced people staying  in the homes of relatives and friends, 6,693 homes affected (of which 5,524 are flooded) and 90 isolated communities in 19 provinces.

In Haiti, the Emergency Operations Center of the Department of Civil Protection (DPC) is still active but they have discontinued all restrictions on movements and the Directorate of Meteorology also decreased the red alert. According to the report of the DPC 19 people died, 27 were injured, and 140 new cases of cholera were reported after the passing of Isaac.

Response in the health sector in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

The PAHO/WHO office in the Dominican Republic has a continued presence in Barahona supporting the Emergency and Disaster Response Coordination Center. The Ministry of Health has sent eight mobile clinics to affected areas. The Ministry of Health is also strengthening the epidemiological surveillance measures in shelters and has sent supplies regarding waste disposal and water surveillance.

In Haiti, the PAHO/WHO office also continues supporting the Ministry of Health in the response to Isaac and the ongoing cholera response. PAHO/WHO will continue monitoring and evaluating water quality and positioning of supplies in the warehouse from PROMESS.

Find out the latest information:

PAHO/WHO Haiti Situation Report August 28, 2012 (Spanish)

PAHO/WHO Haiti Situation Report August 27, 2012 (Spanish)

PAHO/WHO Dominican Republic Situation Report August 26, 2012 (Spanish)

PAHO/WHO Haiti Situation Report August 26, 2012 (in Spanish)

Tropical Storm Isaac - PAHO/WHO Situation Report - 23 August 2012

 

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