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Earthquake swarms and landslides in Guatemala

A series of quakes occurred in Guatemala on September 19 and as a result three people are reported dead, 11 are missing, 4,500 people affected and 2,885 persons are in shelters, according to the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED).

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Heavy Rains in Guatemala

Torrential rains during the night of August 24 at the Department of Santa Rosa, Guatemala, caused overflowing of the San Juan River and affected the area of Cuilapa and the colony El Avispero of Nueva Santa Rosa.

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Workshop on Cluster Coordination for Emergency Response

During the 20 and 24 June, an Interagency Workshop on Cluster Coordination for Emergency Response was held in Dominican Republic. This workshop was attended by key actors from the Education and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sectors from eleven countries of the Region (Haiti, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Belize, Nicaragua, Honduras, Paraguay, Jamaica and Dominican Republic). A total of 35 participants attended from the United Nations System, national institutions, national and international NGOs and the Red Cross Movement.

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Lessons learned from the emergency in Panama

In order to analyze the lessons learned by the health sector in the emergency caused by floods and landslides during the months of December 2010 and January 2011, a workshop on lessons learned, challenges and conclusions was held in Panama.

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Commitments from Central America and Dominican Republic to update the emergency response plans

The influenza AH1N1 (2009) left important lessons learned in some areas such as disaster management and coordination, epidemiological surveillance, health services and communication. From these lessons some technical recommendations were developed and applied to the national emergency response plans.

Recently, the cholera epidemic that affects Haiti and the Dominican Republic has again highlighted the importance of having organizational plans to respond to such events, as well as improving the level of preparedness for major disasters such as the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.

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