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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).



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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