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Colombia 7/31/2014

Sucre Department. Caimito and San Benito Abad Municipalities. Strong winds and rains damage 110 homes. Departmental and local response. Windy weather will continue to November in Sucre. (m.: El Espectador)

Guatemala 7/31/2014

Alta Verapaz Department. Panzós Municipality. Landslides and floods from overflow of the Polochic River affect more than 15,000 people and damage 2,526 homes and crops in 57 communities. Municipal government declares red alert. (o.s.: CONRED)

Honduras 7/31/2014

Drought affects agricultural production. The government estimates that it will affect 76,000 families; they have begun distribution of food and water to 25,000 families in 28 municipalities in El Paraíso, Choluteca Valle, and La Paz. Food and water, retention, and water storage assistance available. (o.s.: Presidencia de Honduras; m.: El Heraldo)

Colombia 7/31/2014

Sucre Department. Caimito and San Benito Abad Municipalities. Strong winds and rains damage 110 homes. Departmental and local response. Windy weather will continue to November in Sucre. (m.: El Espectador)



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.

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