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Colombia 8/29/2014

Atlántico Department, City of Barranquilla: Heavy rains with strong winds that hit Barranquilla affected more than 1,500 families. According to authorities, there is a missing person, and dozens of cars were dragged by flowing water. The authorities are asking the community to remain alert and use caution near streams, as more rain is being forecast for the weekend. (m.c: Caracol).

Turks and Caicos 8/29/2014

Significant flooding over the weekend of 23-24 August 2014, as a result of Tropical Storm Cristobal. Around 12 inches of rain fell in the TCI. The most affected islands were North Caicos, Providenciales and Middle Caicos. Floodwaters were several feet deep (estimated at 5 feet) on the islands of North Caicos and Providenciales. Downed trees and power lines were also reported. (PAHO/WHO  Country Office).

Colombia 8/29/2014

Atlántico Department, City of Barranquilla: Heavy rains with strong winds that hit Barranquilla affected more than 1,500 families. According to authorities, there is a missing person, and dozens of cars were dragged by flowing water. The authorities are asking the community to remain alert and use caution near streams, as more rain is being forecast for the weekend. (m.c: Caracol).



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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