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Chile 4/16/2014

Valparaíso region. Wildfire update (12-16 April). 12,500 people have been affected, 943 people are in eight shelters, and 2,900 homes are destroyed. The fire is still active. Response: Six mobile health posts and a field clinic are providing medical attention in the affected areas. Vaccine administration continues via the mobile units. Mental health care is being provided in shelters and ophthalmology services are provided in two schools. (o.s: Ministerio de Salud, ONEMI,  Oficina de OPS en Chile)

Nicaragua 4/16/2014

Earthquake update (10-14 April). Total: 1,585 evacuees are in three shelters. 32 health facilities have cracks and 3,775 homes are damaged. Seismic activity continues. Response: Managua and Jinotepe hospitals reorganize emergency services for safety reasons; damage evaluation is in progress. Two hospitals in Chinandega and Managua relocate their patients and three field hospitals are set up as preventive measures. Seven medical brigades are deployed in five municipalities. Water quality is being monitored. Venezuela sent four seismic stations to reinforce the monitoring network. An extreme red alert on the national level continues to be in effect. (o.s: UNETE, INETER, Oficina de OPS en Nicaragua; m: El Nuevo Diario).

Colombia 4/16/2014

Atlántico department. Sabanalarga municipality. Strong winds caused damages to the roofs of 100 homes; there are no reports of health damages. Four municipalities experienced power outages. Local response, evaluation in progress. (El Espectador, Caracol).

Ecuador 4/16/2014

Esmeraldas province. Floods update in Quinindé (10-15 April). 338 people are affected, water and electricity services have been cut and 35 homes are destroyed. Crops have also been affected and it is difficult to access the affected area. Local response with national support. (o.s: SNGR)

Chile 4/16/2014

Valparaíso region. Wildfire update (12-16 April). 12,500 people have been affected, 943 people are in eight shelters, and 2,900 homes are destroyed. The fire is still active. Response: Six mobile health posts and a field clinic are providing medical attention in the affected areas. Vaccine administration continues via the mobile units. Mental health care is being provided in shelters and ophthalmology services are provided in two schools. (o.s: Ministerio de Salud, ONEMI,  Oficina de OPS en Chile)

Wildfire in Valparaíso, Chile

On the afternoon of April 12 a wildfire that affected several hills in the city of Valparaiso began, causing fatalities, thousands of evacuated people and victims; besides damaging homes. Troops from CONAF, Fire Fighters, 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

 

A 6.2 Magnitude Earthquake hits Nicaragua

An 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Nicaragua on 10 April. The epicenter was located at a depth of 10 km in Lake Managua, off the coast of Nagarote. The earthquake was felt in Managua and Leon and other 9 departments, north and south of the Caribbean coast and in areas of El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica. One death and 33 people with injuries were reported. Damage assessment is in progress, and contingency plans have been activated.

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Earthquake in Chile Generates Tsunami Alert

Multiple aftershocks, including a 7.6 one continue rocking Chile and southern Peru since the 8.2 magnitude earthquake of 1 April 2014. New evacuations were ordered, but there were no reports of new injuries or deaths. The health network in northern Chile is operational. The communities of Alto Hospicio and Iquique, in Chile, have been the most affected by the earthquakes. An evaluation of damage to roads and housing is in progress.

PAHO/WHO Situation Report No. 2 - 3 April 2014 

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Lessons Learned from the Earthquake in Nicoya, Costa Rica - 5 September 2012

Analyzing life experiences, consolidating the main lessons learned and those still not learned, and improving some aspects of the response to emergencies and disasters: These are the main objectives of the publication Earthquake in Nicoya, Costa Rica - 5 September 2012 - Systematization report of the conclusions of the workshops on lessons learned.

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SMART Hospitals Toolkit

UPDATE - All the components of the SMART Hospitals Toolkit are now online

Health care facilities are ‘SMART’ when they link their structural and operational safety with green interventions, at a reasonable cost-to-benefit ratio. This Toolkit is comprised of previously developed instruments such as the Hospital Safety Index, which many countries are using to help ensure that new or existing health facilities are disaster-resilient. The Green Checklist and other accompanying tools support the Safe Hospitals Initiative and will guide health officials and hospital administrators in achieving SMART health care facilities.

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