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From official sources (O.S.) and media (M). It does not represent PAHO's official position.

Brazil 10/17/2014

Nearly 80 thousand families were affected in Lages, Santa Catarina as a result of a hail storm, Civil Defense declared state of emergency. (f.o: Agencia Brasil).

El Salvador 10/17/2014

Six departments affected by a Low Pressure System. Sonsonate, La Paz, Chalatenango, San Miguel, La Unión, and Morazán were the departments most affected by the recent rain. Civil Defense registered 30 people evacuate (not in shelters), 29 landslides due to the saturation. .(f.o.:  Protección Civil; mc.: La Prensa Grafica).

Peru 10/17/2014

Strong winds accompanied by rains and hail left 19 families affected, destroyed houses and crops in the Agua Blanca community, district of Monsoon, province of Huamalíes. (mc.: RPP).

Brazil 10/17/2014

Nearly 80 thousand families were affected in Lages, Santa Catarina as a result of a hail storm, Civil Defense declared state of emergency. (f.o: Agencia Brasil).



Intense Rains Cause Severe Damage in the Region

In the last few weeks, heavy rains, landslides and floods have affected several countries in the Region (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, among others), that have caused emergency situations with personal and material losses.

In these types of emergencies PAHO/WHO recommends that the population increase hygiene measures, including washing hands with soap and water, storing food and medicine properly, and paying attention to the recommendations from authorities regarding the consumption of safe water.

In addition, it is important to keep spaces free of trash to avoid the collapse of the sewage system and the accumulation of stagnant water in reservoirs that can lead to the proliferation of mosquitoes. This will help prevent outbreaks of acute diarrheal infections, acute respiratory infections and other communicable diseases.

Water, sanitation and hygiene materials

PAHO/WHO’s Disasters Program has several practical guides on water and sanitation , as well as other material relevant to the response of emergencies caused by floods.

Water and sanitation
Response to emergencies and disasters
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