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Colombia 7/25/2014

Drought. La Guajira Department. The Office of the Ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo) has asked the national government and territorial authorities for emergency humanitarian intervention, to prevent infant mortality from diseases caused by the water shortages. The national government has announced an strategy to mitigate the effects of the shortage: drilling, distribution of water through tank cars, increased methods to control fires, support for agriculture. UNGR has distributed food and water kits and taken steps to clean water reservoirs in the Uribía municipality, in two phases, benefitting 26,000 families. (o.s.: Defensoría del Pueblo, Presidencia de Colombia, UNGRD; m.: Caracol)

Paraguay 7/25/2014

Floods update. River levels decreasing. Response: Continued support to those affected; 15,958 people have received assistance in Asunción. Installation of sanitation modules in affected areas of Asunción continues; a total of 100 will be installed. SEN (Paraguay) authorities have met with authorities from the Argentine Prime Minister’s Office and the Formosa (Argentina) province to coordinate bilateral collaboration before a possible El Niño phenomenon. (o.s.: Oficina de OPS en Paraguay, Ministerio de Salud, Secretaría de Emergencia Nacional; m.: Naineck Prensa Digital).

Colombia 7/25/2014

Drought. La Guajira Department. The Office of the Ombudsman (Defensoría del Pueblo) has asked the national government and territorial authorities for emergency humanitarian intervention, to prevent infant mortality from diseases caused by the water shortages. The national government has announced an strategy to mitigate the effects of the shortage: drilling, distribution of water through tank cars, increased methods to control fires, support for agriculture. UNGR has distributed food and water kits and taken steps to clean water reservoirs in the Uribía municipality, in two phases, benefitting 26,000 families. (o.s.: Defensoría del Pueblo, Presidencia de Colombia, UNGRD; 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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