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Situation Report - 25 August 2006
- Tungurahua’s volcanic activity is currently low. Lava flows
have been reported on the northwest flank. No threat to the population
exists at the moment.
- Shelters are functioning, while long-term arrangements for the displaced population are being finalized.
- Health centers are meeting current sanitary needs at the same
time as these facilities are strengthened with additional mobile units
- Current major challenges remain in the coordination of immediate
response activities and long-term measures for displaced populations.
- Government authorities have allocated $1.99 M for relief activities.
- Presently, international aid, UN System’s support and national resources have been adequate.
- The Tungurahua Volcano erupted on August 16, killing 6 people and injuring 40.
- Four thousand (4,000) people have been evacuated and 75% of the
population in Chimborazo and Tungurahua provinces was directly
affected. The ash fall has had negative effects for an estimated 3
million people in 6 provinces near the eruption site.
Health Response to the situation
- Eleven (11) shelters, offering safe water, food and medications,
are serving 2,300 people. Long-term arrangements for sheltered
populations remain a priority.
2. Medical Care
- Health units are managing a daily patient load of 90 new people on
average. Patients mainly seek treatment for upper respiratory
conditions, conjunctivitis, dermatitis and gastrointestinal
infections. Mobile units have being deployed to assist health units.
- Medical and psychosocial care in shelters, especially to the infant
population, is being provided by INNFA, the Ministry of Social Welfare
and provincial offices.
- Disabled and handicapped people have been evacuated to special centers in Guayaquil, Quito and Cuenca.
3. Preserving and supporting local Health systems
- PAHO has been working with national authorities on safe water,
focusing on water quality analysis, public information campaigns on
water safety and strengthening local capacity to periodically test
water quality and chlorination levels in shelters.
- PAHO, together with the Ministry of Health, will be responsible for
shelter health, outbreak surveillance, and water quality and
- PADRU (IFRC-Panama) is mobilizing people to assist in water quality and sanitation.
4. Agency Assistance
- PAHO, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, will coordinate
public health activities in water supply and sanitation. Measures
include epidemiological surveillance, and water quality control. The
health Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and situation room were
established in collaboration with UNICEF, UNFPA, WFP, and IFRC.
- UNDP will support analysis of recovery activities/programs in the affected zones.
- WFP will support relevant authorities with regard to food security and distribution.
- UNICEF will provide medical care to infants and children in shelters.
5. Coordination and Management of Response
- UNFPA will establish an EOC which will be operated by the United Nations system through the UNETE.
- Establishment and/or strengthening of surveillance measures for outbreak control and monitoring of displaced persons.
- Strategic planning for short-term accommodations and long-term arrangements for displaced persons utilizing shelters services.
- Continuation of activities and measures aimed at restoring water and sanitation systems.
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