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Mexico 9/2/2014

Mudslide, Guerrero. Heavy rains in recent days brought down two bridges and flooded 54 homes in the state of Guerrero. In addition, in Acapulco, 39 people had to be evacuated to a temporary shelter due to damage to 10 houses, product of a mudslide. Civil Protection Brigades are patrolling vulnerable areas. Rain is forecast to continue until tomorrow. (m.: Milenio)

Mexico 9/2/2014

Mudslide, Guerrero. Heavy rains in recent days brought down two bridges and flooded 54 homes in the state of Guerrero. In addition, in Acapulco, 39 people had to be evacuated to a temporary shelter due to damage to 10 houses, product of a mudslide. Civil Protection Brigades are patrolling vulnerable areas. Rain is forecast to continue until tomorrow. (m.: Milenio)



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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