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Floods in Paraguay Leave Thousands Displaced

Paraguay - junio 2014For the last four months Paraguay has been affected by heavy rains that have produced high tides in at least eight departments, and in the capital, Asuncion, due to the overflowing of the Parana and Paraguay rivers, among others. The floods have been slow-onset; therefore, it has been possible to evacuate populations on time. However, more than 30,000 families (about 160,000 people) have been affected, and many of them have been evacuated to the 91 shelters established, or are staying with relatives or friends.

NEW! PAHO/WHO receives U.N. emergency funds to restore water and sanitation in flooded areas of Paraguay

 

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The Ubinas Volcano in Peru Increases Activity

The Ubinas volcano, located in the department of Moquegua, in Peru, has been increasing its activity since 13 April, with explosions and columns of ash emissions, which have dispersed to an area 24 miles from the volcano’s circumference. These have affected population centers, crops and livestock. National authorities have begun the process of evacuating the towns of Querapi, Tonohaya and San Carlos de Titi. About 5,000 people live in the 5 districts located in the volcano’s influence zone. In response to this situation, the Ministry of Health and local health authorities have strengthened health care services with brigades, distribution of personal protective supplies, and the establishment of coordination and monitoring mechanisms.

PAHO/WHO Situation Report No. 2 - 30 April 2014

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Aumenta actividad del volcán Copahue en Chile

© TelamDe acuerdo a lo reportado por el Servicio Nacional de Geología y Minería (SERNAGEOMIN), la intensidad y el tipo de sismicidad observada en los últimos días en el Volcán Copahue sugieren una alta probabilidad de erupción. Dicha erupción podría generar flujos piroclásticos y lahares que podrían tener un impacto sobre la salud de la población en la provincia de Neuquén (Argentina) y en la región del Biobío (Chile). En esta región, la Oficina Nacional de Emergencias de Chile (ONEMI) mantiene la alerta roja y se prevé que se de inicio al proceso de evacuación preventiva de aproximadamente 3,000 personas.

Erupción Volcán Copahue, Chile, INFORME DE SITUACIÓN OPS/OMS # 1

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Plan de acción para la gestión del riesgo en el sector salud en los países andinos

La primera reunión de la Comisión Técnica de Emergencias y Desastres del Área Andina tuvo lugar en Bogotá, Colombia, con la participación de los coordinadores de desastres de los ministerios de salud andinos, dando así cumplimiento a la resolución 476 de la XXXII REMSA (Reunión de Ministros de Salud del Área Andina). Esta Comisión será la encargada de trabajar el plan de acción que orientará las actividades de gestión del riesgo en el sector salud durante lo que resta de 2013, 2014 y proyecciones hasta el año 2017. Estas actividades se enmarcan dentro del Plan Andino para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres en el sector salud 2013-2017. La reunión contó con el apoyo técnico de ORAS CONHU (Organismo Andino de Salud - Convenio Hipólito Unanue) y de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS/OMS).

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Wildfire in Valparaíso, Chile

A wildfire, that started on the afternoon of 12 April, affected several hills in the city of Valparaiso, causing fatalities and injuries, prompting the evacuation of thousands of  people, and damaging homes. Troops from CONAF, firefighters, PDI, Police, Army, Navy, SAMU and ONEMI were involved in the response and attention to the emergency. One health center was disabled; the rest of the healthcare network is operating.

Important technical information.

Health Guidelines for Vegetation Fire Events

 
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