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Chile 4/15/2014

Valparaíso region. Wildfires update. (12-15 April) 15 dead, 11,000 affected and 12,400 people evacuated. Of the evacuees, 1,018 are in nine shelters. 2,300 homes are damaged. There is an increase in respiratory illness cases due to the smoke. The majority of victims remain in the affected areas. The fire continues to have some active focal points. Response: Health authorities are reorganizing and increasing health services capacity. Seven mental health teams are working in shelters and vaccination being implemented for those sheltered as well as volunteers. Trucks are distributing water and water tanks are being installed in shelters. There is a health alert for the Valparaíso region. The Government has sent humanitarian aid and emergency temporary homes to Valparaíso. (o.s: Ministry of Health, ONEMI, CONAF, ESVAL, PAHO Office in Chile)

Arica y Parinacota and Tarapaca regions. 8.2M earthquake update (1-15 April). A 5.3 magnitude aftershock occurred with no reports of further damages. Total: 21,813 people affected, 912 people in nine shelters, and 15,300 damaged homes. Iquique Hospital is 80% operational and a mobile unit is supporting a health center in Alto Hospicio, but the rest of the health network is fully operational. (o.s: ONEMI, Chile Seismology, PAHO Office in Chile)

Nicaragua 4/15/2014

Earthquake update (10-14 April). Total: 2 dead, 266 injured, and 6,628 people affected in Nagarote. 1,585 people were evacuated; of them, 710 people are in shelters in Managua (647) and Nagarote (67). There are minor damages, such as cracks, in 22 health facilities, and 2,375 homes are affected. Shallow seismic activity continues near Motobombo volcano. Response: Medical brigades mobilized, health services reorganized, and field hospitals deployed as a preventive measure in Managua. The majority of medical consults have been mental health related. UN Agencies offered technical assistance and international organizations are on alert. Cuba and Venezuela sent humanitarian aid as well as seismologists to provide technical support. An extreme red alert has been declared on the national level. (o.s: UNETE, Government of Nicaragua, INETER, PAHO Office in Nicaragua; m: El 19 Digital)

Bolivia 4/15/2014

Floods update (January-14 April): In Guayamerín, the water level is decreasing, but the state of emergency continues due to the possibility of the Mamoré river rising. Seven rivers accros the country are on red alert. Beni department continues to receive support. (o.s: Hydrographic Naval Service; m: Prensa Latina, FM Noticias)

Colombia 4/15/2014

Cauca department. Update on displacement in Guapí (14 March-12 April). Clashes cause an additional 137 people to be displaced. 428 people return to Joanico, but 378 still remain in shelters. (f.o: OCHA Colombia)

Chile 4/15/2014

Valparaíso region. Wildfires update. (12-15 April) 15 dead, 11,000 affected and 12,400 people evacuated. Of the evacuees, 1,018 are in nine shelters. 2,300 homes are damaged. There is an increase in respiratory illness cases due to the smoke. The majority of victims remain in the affected areas. The fire continues to have some active focal points. Response: Health authorities are reorganizing and increasing health services capacity. Seven mental health teams are working in shelters and vaccination being implemented for those sheltered as well as volunteers. Trucks are distributing water and water tanks are being installed in shelters. There is a health alert for the Valparaíso region. The Government has sent humanitarian aid and emergency temporary homes to Valparaíso. (o.s: Ministry of Health, ONEMI, CONAF, ESVAL, PAHO Office in Chile)

Arica y Parinacota and Tarapaca regions. 8.2M earthquake update (1-15 April). A 5.3 magnitude aftershock occurred with no reports of further damages. Total: 21,813 people affected, 912 people in nine shelters, and 15,300 damaged homes. Iquique Hospital is 80% operational and a mobile unit is supporting a health center in Alto Hospicio, but the rest of the health network is fully operational. (o.s: ONEMI, Chile Seismology, PAHO Office in Chile)

Earthquake and Tsunami in Chile - Disaster Chronicle and Lessons Learned

The earthquake of 27 February 2010 in Chile is considered the fifth largest in modern history. It affected a large area of the country and dealt a serious blow to the health sector. Several hospitals suffered heavy damage and were left out of commission. This publication recounts the effects of the disaster and the country's response and recovery activities. It provides important lessons learned that will help in prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response activities for future disasters.

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Ash Emissions Continue from the Tungurahua Volcano in Ecuador

nullIn the last few day the outside activity of the Tungurahua volcano has decreased in height, frequency, quantity of ash emissions, and number of explosions. However, the volcano continues to show signs of internal activity, so it should continue to be monitored, as this activity could result on a large-scale eruption. Health centers in the area continue functioning normally, and the local health authorities are monitoring the situation. Additional information from the National Service of Seismology and Volcanology.

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The Earthquake in Haiti--One Year Later

One year after the earthquake of 12 January 2010 struck Haiti, PAHO/WHO continues to support the response through initiatives aimed at rebuilding a devastated health system and improving the health of the Haitian population. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, a complex humanitarian response was launched to save lives and assist the affected population. In the months that followed the earthquake, far reaching interventions saved lives and reduced the health consequences of the disaster. This report highlights accomplishments in the health sector and additional challenges faced by the country.

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PAHO/WHO Regional Emergency Response Team - Field Manual

Guidelines for activating the PAHO/WHO Health Emergency Response Team, including the Team's responsibilities during different phases of the emergency. The complete package includes forms and verification lists to aid in the gathering of information for an evaluation of needs in the health sector. 

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Health Sector Self-Assessment Tool for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Health Sector Self Assessment Tool for Disaster Risk Reduction is a rapid and low-cost method for assessing the state of disaster risk reduction in the health sector. As an internal tool for use by the health sector, it will aid in determining priorities for a national health sector risk reduction or disaster management program and, if used regularly, as a monitoring tool for measuring changes (or lack thereof) over time. The Tool was developed with the knowledge of professionals from health and disaster management fields.

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