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Colombia 11/20/2014

Strong winds: A strong wind damaged 108 houses, registering loss of the roofs. A total of 297 people were affected in 5 neighborhoods of Santa Rosa de Cabal, Risaralda. Authorities declared domestic calamity.(m.s: Desastres Colombia).
Landslide: A landslide killed three people. This event took place on the road that connects in Riosucio (Caldas) with Quinchia (Risalda). (m.s: Desastres Colombia, El Espectador).

Honduras 11/20/2014

Floods (Update): 13 families evacuated in San Pedro de Sula. Increased risk of landslides and flood of gorges. (o.s: Tiempo).

Mexico 11/20/2014

Flood (Update). Civil Protection declared State of Emergency in 17 municipalities because of the rainfalls. In the last 24 hours rain has been falling on Tabasco 32 percent of the monthly average of expected rain for November. Approximately 30,000 people were affected by the floods. (m.s: Unimexicali, Elintransigente, Noticieros.televisa).

USA 11/20/2014

Cold Wave (Update): Strong snowfalls remain in the New York/ Philadelphia line to Rochester. All drivers stranded have been rescued. 7 Shelter remain open with 128 refugees, 8 deaths (6 confirmed and 2 unconfirmed). 200 National guards are supporting the rescue and snow cleaning. There a no requests of assistance to FEMA. (o.s: FEMA).

Colombia 11/20/2014

Strong winds: A strong wind damaged 108 houses, registering loss of the roofs. A total of 297 people were affected in 5 neighborhoods of Santa Rosa de Cabal, Risaralda. Authorities declared domestic calamity.(m.s: Desastres Colombia).
Landslide: A landslide killed three people. This event took place on the road that connects in Riosucio (Caldas) with Quinchia (Risalda). (m.s: Desastres Colombia, El Espectador).



Guatemala Assisting the Affected Population while Evaluating Earthquake Damage

Guatemala focuses now on the assistance to the affected people, as well as on the damage assessment and needs analysis after the 7.2 earthquake that shook Guatemala on Wednesday, November 7th .  

PAHO/WHO Situation Report - 21 November 2012 (in Spanish)

Health situation

The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOH) has developed the epidemiological profile of the most affected departments in order to strengthen health surveillance and timely respond to disease outbreaks. The MOH monitors and provides health care in shelters.

According to official reports, 58 health services report infrastructure damage. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in Guatemala is supporting the MOH in assessing damage to the infrastructure of these services, in the restoration of water and sanitation systems and providing psychosocial care to the affected population.

Situation Reports from PAHO/WHO office in Guatemala (in Spanish):

 

The following technical guidelines are recommended:

- Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis in the Health Sector in Disasters Situations (PAHO/WHO)
http://www.paho.org/disasters/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1364&Itemid=1&lang=en
 

- PAHO/WHO Regional Emergency Response Team - Field Manual (PAHO/WHO)
http://www.paho.org/disasters/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1057&Itemid=1&lang=en

 

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