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Colombia 7/23/2014

Drought. Seven departments and 58 municipalities on the Caribbean Coast affected by water shortage. Declaration of public calamity in Montería (Córdoba) and in nine rural areas in Cúcuta (Norte de Santander). Meeting of the National Committee for Disaster Management analyzing the National Contingency Plan for the dry season and possible El Niño phenomenon. UNGRD has a budget of 35,000 million pesos (approximately US$ 19 million) to strengthen SNGRD institutions and entities in water supply activities, prevention and response to fires. National government prepares mitigation measures. (o.s.: UNGRD, Plan de Contingencia Nacional;  m.: El Espectador, El Heraldo, Caracol).
Sucre department. Tolú municipality. Oil spill in the ocean threatens the beaches of the municipality. No damage to communities at this moment. National response and from the Central Pipeline Company to control the spill. (o.s.: UNGRD, m.: RCN).

Mexico 7/23/2014

State of Tamaulipas. Ciudad Madero municipality. Fire at oil storage tank leaves nine people with dehydration and minor burns. Evacuation of three districts and of the refinery. Local response to control the fire. (o.s.: PEMEX; m.: El Universal, Milenio).

Colombia 7/23/2014

Drought. Seven departments and 58 municipalities on the Caribbean Coast affected by water shortage. Declaration of public calamity in Montería (Córdoba) and in nine rural areas in Cúcuta (Norte de Santander). Meeting of the National Committee for Disaster Management analyzing the National Contingency Plan for the dry season and possible El Niño phenomenon. UNGRD has a budget of 35,000 million pesos (approximately US$ 19 million) to strengthen SNGRD institutions and entities in water supply activities, prevention and response to fires. National government prepares mitigation measures. (o.s.: UNGRD, Plan de Contingencia Nacional;  m.: El Espectador, El Heraldo, Caracol).
Sucre department. Tolú municipality. Oil spill in the ocean threatens the beaches of the municipality. No damage to communities at this moment. National response and from the Central Pipeline Company to control the spill. (o.s.: UNGRD, m.: RCN).



Hospitals Can Withstand Disasters - New materials

The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean are exposed to various natural and manmade hazards. We must be able to rely on our hospitals and health centers in all circumstances to avoid an increase in the number of victims after an event. This material, in French, includes a Guide, a training tool for using the guide, a questionnaire with a list of potential elements that can fail, and a short brochure with the key elements of the guide. The guide and accompanying materials have been designed specifically to aid in the construction of hospitals in Haiti, but the patterns shown may be of use to many countries and communities.

    The main concepts in the guide and the accompanying material are:

    1. Ensure that competent professionals are present during all phases of the project.
    2. Check the features of the site where the buildings will be located.
    3. Check the quality of the materials used.
    4. Ensure that the design of hospitals is resistant to earthquakes and hurricanes.
    5. Ensure that non-structural elements and equipment are safe.
    6. Check the accessibility and safety in hospitals.
    7. Make reliable assessments of existing hospitals and ensure that their rehabilitation increases their resilience to natural hazards.
    8. Ensure regular maintenance of the hospital and its elements.

    Download the materials - in French only

     

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