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Colombia 8/27/2014

Sucre Department, Gulf of Morrosquillo: Oil spill. A state of Public Calamity has been declared due to an environmental emergency. Several beaches had to be closed, due to a spill of 500.000 barrels of oil, in Guacamaya, La Alegria and the mouth of the Pechelin creek. The Sucre Autonomous Corporation reported beach contamination and a visual of oil sheen in the waters of four tourist areas. (F.o:.CARSUCRE) m.: El Espectador)
Atlántico Department, San Juan de Tocagua:  Storm with gale-force winds left 20 houses flooded and with damaged roofs in the southwest area of Atlántico. A local government commission will arrive in the next hours to evaluate damage and offer assistance to the population. (m.: Caracol)

Guatemala 8/27/2014

Update drought. More than two million pounds of food are needed to protect for six months the 236,000 families affected by the prolonged drought. The government has requested assistance through the Diplomatic Corps and International Institutions. The aftermath of drought will last for at least nine months. (m.: La Prensa Libre, La Hora).

Nicaragua 8/27/2014

Managua. Torrential rains left 146 houses damaged and 13 toppled trees. Electric service was interrupted in more than 100 localities due to falling trees and thunder. One person has been reported missing. (m.: El 19 Digital, La Voz del Sandinismo)

Colombia 8/27/2014

Sucre Department, Gulf of Morrosquillo: Oil spill. A state of Public Calamity has been declared due to an environmental emergency. Several beaches had to be closed, due to a spill of 500.000 barrels of oil, in Guacamaya, La Alegria and the mouth of the Pechelin creek. The Sucre Autonomous Corporation reported beach contamination and a visual of oil sheen in the waters of four tourist areas. (F.o:.CARSUCRE) m.: El Espectador)
Atlántico Department, San Juan de Tocagua:  Storm with gale-force winds left 20 houses flooded and with damaged roofs in the southwest area of Atlántico. A local government commission will arrive in the next hours to evaluate damage and offer assistance to the population. (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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