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Colombia 11/20/2014

Strong winds: A strong wind damaged 108 houses, registering loss of the roofs. A total of 297 people were affected in 5 neighborhoods of Santa Rosa de Cabal, Risaralda. Authorities declared domestic calamity.(m.s: Desastres Colombia).
Landslide: A landslide killed three people. This event took place on the road that connects in Riosucio (Caldas) with Quinchia (Risalda). (m.s: Desastres Colombia, El Espectador).

Honduras 11/20/2014

Floods (Update): 13 families evacuated in San Pedro de Sula. Increased risk of landslides and flood of gorges. (o.s: Tiempo).

Mexico 11/20/2014

Flood (Update). Civil Protection declared State of Emergency in 17 municipalities because of the rainfalls. In the last 24 hours rain has been falling on Tabasco 32 percent of the monthly average of expected rain for November. Approximately 30,000 people were affected by the floods. (m.s: Unimexicali, Elintransigente, Noticieros.televisa).

USA 11/20/2014

Cold Wave (Update): Strong snowfalls remain in the New York/ Philadelphia line to Rochester. All drivers stranded have been rescued. 7 Shelter remain open with 128 refugees, 8 deaths (6 confirmed and 2 unconfirmed). 200 National guards are supporting the rescue and snow cleaning. There a no requests of assistance to FEMA. (o.s: FEMA).

Colombia 11/20/2014

Strong winds: A strong wind damaged 108 houses, registering loss of the roofs. A total of 297 people were affected in 5 neighborhoods of Santa Rosa de Cabal, Risaralda. Authorities declared domestic calamity.(m.s: Desastres Colombia).
Landslide: A landslide killed three people. This event took place on the road that connects in Riosucio (Caldas) with Quinchia (Risalda). (m.s: Desastres Colombia, El Espectador).



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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