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Colombia 7/26-28/2014

Drought. 79 municipalities affected by fires, water shortage and damage to agriculture; of those, 37 have declared public calamity situations. Major damage in La Guajira department, with 10 of 15 municipalities in state of public calamity. Response: Assistance has been prioritized in La Guajira department and Santa Marta municipality (Magdalena). Delivery of food kits, increased water distribution through tank cars and distribution of water containers, construction of wells and installation of desalinization mills. Crisis response activated in La Guajira. (o.s.: UNGRD)
Vichada department. Puerto Carreño municipality. Flooding due to overflow of the Irinoco and Meta Rivers; in addition, gales damage homes. Local response: Declaration of public calamity. (o.s.: Municipio de Puerto Carreño m.: Emisora de Policía de Puerto Carreño, Vanguardia)

United States 7/26-28/2014

Washington state. Forest fire update. 300 homes destroyed and damage to infrastructure. Preventative evacuations continue. State response with national support. Electric service reestablished.(o.s.: INCIWEB).

Guatemala 7/26-28/2014

Izabal, Alta, and Baja Verapaz departments. Floods and landslides from rains affect 720 people and damage 123 homes. Heavy rainfall accumulation in the areas of the Northern Transversal Strip and the Caribbean. (o.s.: CONRED)

Peru 7/26-28/2014

Ancash department. Santa Rosa district. Landslides affect potable water intake systems and roads; no victims and no damage to homes. Local response: Emergency declaration, provisional catchment of spring water. (o.s.: INDECI; m.: Andina).

Colombia 7/26-28/2014

Drought. 79 municipalities affected by fires, water shortage and damage to agriculture; of those, 37 have declared public calamity situations. Major damage in La Guajira department, with 10 of 15 municipalities in state of public calamity. Response: Assistance has been prioritized in La Guajira department and Santa Marta municipality (Magdalena). Delivery of food kits, increased water distribution through tank cars and distribution of water containers, construction of wells and installation of desalinization mills. Crisis response activated in La Guajira. (o.s.: UNGRD)
Vichada department. Puerto Carreño municipality. Flooding due to overflow of the Irinoco and Meta Rivers; in addition, gales damage homes. Local response: Declaration of public calamity. (o.s.: Municipio de Puerto Carreño m.: Emisora de Policía de Puerto Carreño, Vanguardia)



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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