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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)



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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