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Chile 4/18/2014

Valparaíso Region. Wildfire update (12-18 April). Fire is still active in forested and inhabited areas. 959 people remain in nine shelters. Response: The health network continues to be strengthened with mobile units, brigades of ophthamology operating in affected areas, and mental health attention in shelters. (o.s: Ministry of Health, ONEMI,  PAHO Office in Chile).

Arica y Parinacota and Tarapacá Regions. 8.2M earthquake update. Mental health attention by 30 professionals sent to Tarapacá. (o.s: Ministry of Health).

Mexico 4/18/2014

7.2 magnitude earthquake, 10km deep, 41 km south of Petatlán; felt in western and central states. No reports of deaths or injuries at the moment. Damages in IMSS Hospital in Zihuatanejo, mobile unit sent for support. Minor damages in public buildings in Guerrero. No major damages in Mexico City, some power outages. Response: Activation of protocols and evaluation of damages. (o.s: IMSS, Government of Guerrero; m: El Universal).

Nicaragua 4/18/2014

Earthquakes update (10-18 April). 1,446 people evacuated from unsafe buildings. Seismic activity continues. Response: Emergency plans updated in the health sector, clean water administered, and sanitation systems improved in shelters. Medical attention via brigades in five municipalities. Ecuador sends medical supplies and humanitarian assistance. (o.s: INETER, PAHO Office in Nicaragua, SNGR Ecuador; m: El 19 Digital).

Paraguay 4/18/2014

Misiones and Central departments. Floods affect 100 families in San Ignacio (Misiones) and five neighborhoods in Limpio (Central). National response, evaluation of damages, and distribution of humanitarian assistace. (o.s: SEN; m: ABC Color).

Peru 4/18/2014

Ubinas volcano. Evacuation of communities of Querapi and San Carlos de Titi, 100 people in total. Masks distribution in communities affected by ashfall. (o.s: INDECI).

Chile 4/18/2014

Valparaíso Region. Wildfire update (12-18 April). Fire is still active in forested and inhabited areas. 959 people remain in nine shelters. Response: The health network continues to be strengthened with mobile units, brigades of ophthamology operating in affected areas, and mental health attention in shelters. (o.s: Ministry of Health, ONEMI,  PAHO Office in Chile).

Arica y Parinacota and Tarapacá Regions. 8.2M earthquake update. Mental health attention by 30 professionals sent to Tarapacá. (o.s: Ministry of Health).

Heavy Rains Produce Floods and Landslides in the Region

Heavy rains, floods and landslides, precipitated by several cyclones and tropical storms, have caused severe damage in some countries of the Region. In Mexico, the simultaneous arrival of Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manual affected more than 1.2 million people in two thirds of the country. The government of Mexico issued emergency declarations for municipalities in the most affected states.

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World Humanitarian Day—A Date to Acknowledge the Commitment of Health Sector Workers

The Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) joins the celebration of World Humanitarian Day to recognize the work done by humanitarian workers of all United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, national and local entities and, particularly, the communities that allow the development of a culture where humanitarian assistance can be provided.

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Increased Efforts are Necessary in Preparedness and Response Against Dengue

Given the continued increase in cases of dengue in several countries of the Region, it is important to strengthen prevention and response strategies for these outbreaks. During the first semester of 2013, outbreaks have been reported in Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic, among others. In places like Peru, cases have been reported in places where the virus was previously not prevalent.

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Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Prisons: Key for Emergency Response

Within the framework of technical cooperation activities conducted by PAHO/WHO’s Disaster Program in the Dominican Republic, four chlorine generators were donated to the National Prison Directorate. These machines will ensure a total daily production of a million liters of safe water, which will serve the needs of 200,000 people per day.

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Volcanic Activity is Increasing in the Region

Due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Region of the Americas is home to many volcanoes with different levels of activity, from Alaska to Patagonia. Volcanic activity from the Popocatepetl in Mexico and the Tunguragua in Ecuador has recently scattered ashes over populated areas. The Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia maintains its activity with gas columns and permanent tremors. On 27 May of this year the Copahue volcano, between Chile and Argentina, showed signs of activity that suggest a high probability of eruption. A Red Alert has been declared and areas neighboring the volcano in both countries have been evacuated.

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