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Bolivia 12/24/2014

Oruro: Lake Poopó. The mass death of fish and birds has prompted a departmental emergency declaration and disaster area. The Legislative Assembly of Oruro Department approved Tuesday night a law declaring a departmental emergency and disaster area for Lake Poopó due to the mass death of fish and waterfowl that occurred last month. Local response by SEDAG, the military and the community. (m.: ABI).

USA 12/24/2014

Mississippi, Lousiana. A powerful storm system is causing heavy rain and tornadoes. The severe weather is blamed for at least four deaths and dozens of injuries. The hardest-hit areas are Columbia, Mississippi and Amite City, Louisiana. A local hospital was being forced to run on backup power to treat the injured. (fo.: MEMA mc.: CBS News).

Bolivia 12/24/2014

Oruro: Lake Poopó. The mass death of fish and birds has prompted a departmental emergency declaration and disaster area. The Legislative Assembly of Oruro Department approved Tuesday night a law declaring a departmental emergency and disaster area for Lake Poopó due to the mass death of fish and waterfowl that occurred last month. Local response by SEDAG, the military and the community. (m.: ABI).



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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