As part of the "Health in Emergencies";initiative in Paraguay, the Pan American Health Organization(PAHO/WHO) gave, on January 2016 the Ministry of Health and Social Wellness three large tents to serve as health units in areas where the national government has created temporary shelters for people affected by the floods.
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The floods that have been affecting three northern regions (Antofagasta, Atacama and Coquimbo), since 25 March, have left more than 30,000 people homeless and severe damage to critical infrastructure in the area, particularly in the drinking water and sewerage and electricity networks, and access roads to the affected areas.
The Chilean Ministry of Health activated its local, regional and national response mechanisms, to protect and restore the health of the affected population.Read more ...
A 6.6-magnitude earthquake (Richter scale) shook Colombia the afternoon of 10 March 2015. The epicenter was located 7.4 km from the municipality of Los Santos, department of Santander, with a depth of 161 km. Four municipalities in eight departments have reported some type of damage. At least 140 houses in the Betulia municipality of the department of Santander (25 km from Los Santos) suffered damage, some may not be safe.Read more ...
For 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 ParaguayRead more ...
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.
pdf PAHO/WHO Situation Report No. 2 - 30 April 2014