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Colombia 11/25/2014

Valle del Cauca: Floods. At least 40 houses were flooded after the sudden rising of the Guabitas River in the municipality of Guacarí. There has been loss of household goods, food and some barnyard animals. Aid to assist the population was requested because the emergency overwhelmed the municipal authority’s capacity. (m.: Desastres Colombia).

Colombia 11/25/2014

Valle del Cauca: Floods. At least 40 houses were flooded after the sudden rising of the Guabitas River in the municipality of Guacarí. There has been loss of household goods, food and some barnyard animals. Aid to assist the population was requested because the emergency overwhelmed the municipal authority’s capacity. (m.: Desastres Colombia).



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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