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Chile 3/26/2015

Antofagasta, Atacama, and Coquimbo: Flash flooding generated by intense rains related to a cold front that affects the northern area of the country and that causing rivers to breach their banks. Seven reported deaths and the 19 missing, nearly 500 homes affected, 35 destroyed and nearly 2000 people in shelters. Atacama is the region that has been primarily affected. According to authorities (ONEMI), the most critical areas affected in Atacama are located in Chañaral, Copiapó, Alto del Carmen and Tierra Amarilla. Damage assessment is in progress but access and communication difficulty hinders data collection. Several hospitals have reported damages and are only partially functioning. The Ministry of Health evaluates the situation of the assistance network and issues adjustments in the services network and a Sanitary Alert in Atacama and recommendations. A State of Emergency decree has been issued for the current emergency. ENFERMEPEDIA.

Ecuador 3/26/2015

  • De Los Rios Province: Areas of Babahoyo and nearby localities flooded after 8 hours of intense rain.   Areas of the center and the periphery were flooded yesterday. The Prefecture, Social Security, terrestrial terminal among others buildings were affected by the floods. (mc.: eluniverso).
  • Via Aloag-Santo Domingo (Update) Landslide site that killed 5 people is declared a cemetery.  The bodies cannot be rescued as the site is not safe.  A total are 13 fatal victims including two people in the parish Alluriquín. (m.: eluniverso).

Peru 3/26/2015

Landslide, March 24, 19:00hrs local time. Choros District, Cajamarca Department; 34 homes affected, 9 collapsed, 25 unsafe to return and 0.5km of rural road also affected.  (os.: INDECI).

Chile 3/26/2015

Antofagasta, Atacama, and Coquimbo: Flash flooding generated by intense rains related to a cold front that affects the northern area of the country and that causing rivers to breach their banks. Seven reported deaths and the 19 missing, nearly 500 homes affected, 35 destroyed and nearly 2000 people in shelters. Atacama is the region that has been primarily affected. According to authorities (ONEMI), the most critical areas affected in Atacama are located in Chañaral, Copiapó, Alto del Carmen and Tierra Amarilla. Damage assessment is in progress but access and communication difficulty hinders data collection. Several hospitals have reported damages and are only partially functioning. The Ministry of Health evaluates the situation of the assistance network and issues adjustments in the services network and a Sanitary Alert in Atacama and recommendations. A State of Emergency decree has been issued for the current emergency. ENFERMEPEDIA.



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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