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Colombia 8/27/2014

Sucre Department, Gulf of Morrosquillo: Oil spill. A state of Public Calamity has been declared due to an environmental emergency. Several beaches had to be closed, due to a spill of 500.000 barrels of oil, in Guacamaya, La Alegria and the mouth of the Pechelin creek. The Sucre Autonomous Corporation reported beach contamination and a visual of oil sheen in the waters of four tourist areas. (F.o:.CARSUCRE) m.: El Espectador)
Atlántico Department, San Juan de Tocagua:  Storm with gale-force winds left 20 houses flooded and with damaged roofs in the southwest area of Atlántico. A local government commission will arrive in the next hours to evaluate damage and offer assistance to the population. (m.: Caracol)

Guatemala 8/27/2014

Update drought. More than two million pounds of food are needed to protect for six months the 236,000 families affected by the prolonged drought. The government has requested assistance through the Diplomatic Corps and International Institutions. The aftermath of drought will last for at least nine months. (m.: La Prensa Libre, La Hora).

Nicaragua 8/27/2014

Managua. Torrential rains left 146 houses damaged and 13 toppled trees. Electric service was interrupted in more than 100 localities due to falling trees and thunder. One person has been reported missing. (m.: El 19 Digital, La Voz del Sandinismo)

Colombia 8/27/2014

Sucre Department, Gulf of Morrosquillo: Oil spill. A state of Public Calamity has been declared due to an environmental emergency. Several beaches had to be closed, due to a spill of 500.000 barrels of oil, in Guacamaya, La Alegria and the mouth of the Pechelin creek. The Sucre Autonomous Corporation reported beach contamination and a visual of oil sheen in the waters of four tourist areas. (F.o:.CARSUCRE) m.: El Espectador)
Atlántico Department, San Juan de Tocagua:  Storm with gale-force winds left 20 houses flooded and with damaged roofs in the southwest area of Atlántico. A local government commission will arrive in the next hours to evaluate damage and offer assistance to the population. (m.: Caracol)



Costa Rica Focuses on Damage Assessment after 7.6 Earthquake

The situation in Costa Rica is going back to normal after the 7.6 earthquake that shook the Central American country on 5 September. Now that efforts are being oriented to damage assessment in the field, gradually more details are emerging on how the earthquake affected the different areas. More than 300 communities have been affected and damages have been reported on houses, bridges, the road network, aqueducts, educational facilities and official buildings, among others. 

As for the health infrastructure, 33 health installations suffered varied damage. However, the health network is working with normality, with the exception of the Monseñor Sanabria Hospital in Puntarenas.

The sector health continues coordinating with the national Emergency Operations Center the actions needed to respond to the emergency. The Center for Emergency Institutional Coordination (CCEI) from the Costa Rican Social Security (CCSS) has been deactivated, but the operation continues at the regional and local level with support from the different managerial areas of the CCSS.

In addition to damage assessment conducted by engineers, emphasis is being given to psychosocial assistance. Brigades of psychologists and social workers have been deployed to the different affected areas to support civil servants, patients and their relatives, as well as to answer to specific needs in the area of psychosocial assistance.

The red alert for the entire country has been replaced with a yellow alert for the central area, as well as in the north and central Pacific. A green alert for volcanoes is active for the Rincón de la Vieja, Arenal, Poás, Irazú and Turrialba volcanoes.

The PAHO/WHO Regional Response Team mission in Costa Rica has concluded and local staff at the PAHO Country Office will follow-up with national authorities.

 

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