Specific-Purpose Medical Packs Enable Rapid Deployment in Emergencies
Direct Relief today announced a commitment to equip each member of Puerto Rico’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) with the organization’s specially designed Emergency Medical Pack.
By Alejandra Rosa Morales
With water and power still inconsistent post-Maria, several Puerto Rican towns get a solar-powered solution.
In the mountainous community of Utuado, Puerto Rico, things that were once simple before Hurricane Maria – the ability to drink a glass of water from a home’s faucet or wash clothes for a family – became herculean tasks, if not impossible.
Direct Relief supporting local emergency response groups with critical medicines and medical supplies.
By Cydney Justman, Gordon Willcock
The official death toll from Sunday’s deadly volcanic eruption in Guatemala now stands at 109, with up to 200 people still missing. Rescue operations have been suspended due to continuing dangerous conditions and authorities are preventing people returning to the area. Thousands remain in evacuation centers.
Reported Deaths: 69
Estimated IDPs due to Volcano: 520
The official death toll has risen to 69 after Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday – this toll is expected to rise. Hundreds of people have also been injured and thousands displaced from their homes.
The eruption sent molten rock and ash up to 33,000 feet into the sky and cascading down into villages surrounding the volcano. Most of the deaths are caused by Pyroclastic flows.
Volcanologist Dr. Madelaine Willcock told Direct Relief that:
Tropical Cyclone Sagar is churning through the Gulf of Aden and is expected to make landfall on the coast of the Horn of Africa and parts of southern Yemen on Saturday, bringing with it high winds and heavy rainfall.
Direct Relief is in the process of moving medical material aid into the region which may be used by storm impacted communities in the coming weeks. Five pallets of hospital and fistula treatment-related medications and supplies are headed for Edna Adan Hospital in Somaliland, which is in the center of the predicted storm path.