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Colombia 7/23/2014

Drought. Seven departments and 58 municipalities on the Caribbean Coast affected by water shortage. Declaration of public calamity in Montería (Córdoba) and in nine rural areas in Cúcuta (Norte de Santander). Meeting of the National Committee for Disaster Management analyzing the National Contingency Plan for the dry season and possible El Niño phenomenon. UNGRD has a budget of 35,000 million pesos (approximately US$ 19 million) to strengthen SNGRD institutions and entities in water supply activities, prevention and response to fires. National government prepares mitigation measures. (o.s.: UNGRD, Plan de Contingencia Nacional;  m.: El Espectador, El Heraldo, Caracol).
Sucre department. Tolú municipality. Oil spill in the ocean threatens the beaches of the municipality. No damage to communities at this moment. National response and from the Central Pipeline Company to control the spill. (o.s.: UNGRD, m.: RCN).

Mexico 7/23/2014

State of Tamaulipas. Ciudad Madero municipality. Fire at oil storage tank leaves nine people with dehydration and minor burns. Evacuation of three districts and of the refinery. Local response to control the fire. (o.s.: PEMEX; m.: El Universal, Milenio).

Colombia 7/23/2014

Drought. Seven departments and 58 municipalities on the Caribbean Coast affected by water shortage. Declaration of public calamity in Montería (Córdoba) and in nine rural areas in Cúcuta (Norte de Santander). Meeting of the National Committee for Disaster Management analyzing the National Contingency Plan for the dry season and possible El Niño phenomenon. UNGRD has a budget of 35,000 million pesos (approximately US$ 19 million) to strengthen SNGRD institutions and entities in water supply activities, prevention and response to fires. National government prepares mitigation measures. (o.s.: UNGRD, Plan de Contingencia Nacional;  m.: El Espectador, El Heraldo, Caracol).
Sucre department. Tolú municipality. Oil spill in the ocean threatens the beaches of the municipality. No damage to communities at this moment. National response and from the Central Pipeline Company to control the spill. (o.s.: UNGRD, m.: RCN).



Experts Debate on Emergency and Disaster Medicine at the 4th Pan American Conference

The 4th Pan American Conference of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine is taking place from 15-17 October in Leesburg, Virginia (United States). The conference's motto is "Building the science of disaster health: from terminology to practice".

At the conference, co-sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), international experts will debate, share ideas and expose the latest developments and experiences in disciplines related to disaster and emergency health.

The subjects to be discussed include: the accreditation of foreign medical teams deployed to emergencies and disasters, the role of social media in the response to emergencies and disasters, the psychosocial aspects, the role of military and health personnel and the forensic aspects of humanitarian medicine.

In addition, Cambridge University Press, the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH), the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine have exhibit stands.

The Pan American Health Organization's Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief, together with NLM, is organizing the session on social media. This session examines the benefit of social media for disaster risk reduction and identifies recommendations for its use by health institutions and organizations working in prevention and response to emergencies and disasters.

The Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief is also participating in a panel about foreign medical teams and a session about disaster terminology. Other experts from the World Health Organization are also participating in the Conference.

For more information about the program and the activities, visit the WADEM website: http://www.wadem.org/.

 

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