Posted in Issue 96 July 2004 Member Countries
During the last week of June, a tropical wave produced heavy rains in Nicaragua, causing floods and extensive damage, particularly in the Autonomous Departments of the North and South along the country’s eastern Atlantic coast and in the Department of Matagalpa, all of which were declared to be in a state of emergency. At least 25 people died and more than 3,000 families were affected. A PAHO health team in Nicaragua carried out three assessment missions to the affected areas with the Ministry of Health to evaluate the impact of the floods. Among the greatest needs in the health sector were: medicines and medical supplies to meet needs for a three-month period; basic sanitation and potable water (portable chlorine generating equipment, plastic containers to store drinking water, multifamily latrines and household water filters); vector control and the ability to mobilize health brigades to meet the needs of the affected population.