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Mexico 9/20-22/2014

Update Hurricane Odile. Five municipalities in Baja California declared disaster zones. The most affected areas are La Paz, Comondú, Loreto, Los Cabos, and Mulege. The delivery of supplies to the affected families of those municipalities has started. National response. (o.s.: Gobernación; m.: El Universal)

Uruguay 9/20-22/2014

Update floods. The number of evacuees remains at 296, and those who left voluntarily, at 4294. The Yi River level continues to go down and is below the safe zone. People will begin returning to Durazno and Soriano today. The emergency situation caused by the floods in the south of the country remains under control. The National Emergency System, through its Departmental Emergency Committees, continues to coordinate response activities. (o.s.: SINAE)

Mexico 9/20-22/2014

Update Hurricane Odile. Five municipalities in Baja California declared disaster zones. The most affected areas are La Paz, Comondú, Loreto, Los Cabos, and Mulege. The delivery of supplies to the affected families of those municipalities has started. National response. (o.s.: Gobernación; m.: El Universal)



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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Response to emergencies and disasters
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