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Mexico - 8/21/2014

State of Nuevo Leon, Candereyta municipality. An oil spill in Rio San Juan affected between 4,000 and 5,000 people in at least three communities. A water quality analysis is being conducted in surrounding areas. Local response. (m.: Milenio).

Panama - 8/19/2014

Province of Chiriquí. Floods update (17 August). SINAPROC confirmed yesterday the death of nine people and the destruction of over 20 houses. Temporary shelters have been set up. 400 people affected. The President has declared a state of emergency, and the removal of debris has restarted. (o.s.: SINAPROC)

Mexico - 8/19/2014

State of Sonora, Cananea. Potential water contamination due to a sulfuric acid spill in the Sonora river after a structural failure in a copper mine, caused by heavy rains in the area.   According to press reports nearly 40,000 cubic meters of sulfuric acid were spilled. As a security measure, CONAGUA suspended water supply to 20,000 people in the region and is carrying out sampling in different points of the river. (m.: El País)

Mexico - 8/21/2014

State of Nuevo Leon, Candereyta municipality. An oil spill in Rio San Juan affected between 4,000 and 5,000 people in at least three communities. A water quality analysis is being conducted in surrounding areas. Local response. (m.: Milenio).



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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