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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)



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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