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Colombia 7/21/2014

Atlantic Coast. Drought affecting La Guajira, Magdalena, Atlantic and Cordoba departments. There are insufficient water sources to supply Santa Marta (Magdalena). UNGR deployed operative to evaluate drought situation. Preventive preparedness measures against possible “El Niño” phenomenon. Active operations for water supply in nine municipalities of Santa Marta (Magdalena) and six municipalities of the Cordoba department. The second phase of the relief operation for La Guajira was completed on 11 July, assisting 22,000 families in 18 localities. (o.s.: UNGR; m.: Caracol)

Nicaragua 7/21/2014

San Cristobal volcano. Return to normality after ash and gas explosions on Sunday. Ashfall in communities near the volcano. Family meting points were activated and shelters were identified. Monitoring in progress. (m.: El 19 Digital, El Nuevo Diario)

United States 7/21/2014

Wisconsin State. Diesel spill after train collision causes two injuries and prompts the evacuation of 100 homes. (m.: CNN)

Washington State. Four active forest fires; 100 homes have been destroyed, and evacuations are in progress. State of emergency declared. (o.s.: FEMA; m.: WorldBulletin, KAJ 18).

 

Colombia 7/21/2014

Atlantic Coast. Drought affecting La Guajira, Magdalena, Atlantic and Cordoba departments. There are insufficient water sources to supply Santa Marta (Magdalena). UNGR deployed operative to evaluate drought situation. Preventive preparedness measures against possible “El Niño” phenomenon. Active operations for water supply in nine municipalities of Santa Marta (Magdalena) and six municipalities of the Cordoba department. The second phase of the relief operation for La Guajira was completed on 11 July, assisting 22,000 families in 18 localities. (o.s.: UNGR; m.: Caracol)



Brazil Launches a Knowledge Center on Public Health and Disasters

Brazil now has its own Knowledge Center on Public Health and Disasters. Based on the Pan American Health Organization’s Knowledge Center—available in English and Spanish—the Portuguese version of the site has been developed by the Sergio Arauca National School of Public Health (ENSP, by its Spanish acronym). The new site is the result of close collaboration between the ENSP, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) and PAHO/WHO. The Portuguese version of the Knowledge Center has been adapted for Brazil, and takes the main concepts of the original site and incorporates scientific production, guides and manuals that Brazil has produced in this area.

In addition, the website offers access to the knowledge, information and experiences of other FIOCRUZ units, national and international education and research institutions, the Ministry of Health, the state and municipal health secretariats as well as other governmental sectors and other entities related to this field.

According to Carlos Machado de Freitas, coordinator of the Study and Research Center for Emergencies and Disasters (CEPEDES), the objective of this initiative is to organize and make available the knowledge produced in Brazil and Latin America in the field of public health and disasters. “We have translated the PAHO website and we have adapted it to our reality. Brazil becomes the first country to produce a specific website about its reality in this field,” he added. 

The Knowledge Center was launched at the end of December, through a videoconference with representatives of the National School of Public Health, FIOCRUZ, the Pan American Health Organization and the Brazilian Ministry of Health, among others.

Visit www.ensp.fiocruz.br/desastres to become familiar with the Portuguese Knowledge Center on Public Health and Disasters.

 

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