Hurricane Keith and Tropical Storm Joyce PAHO Situation Report 03 Oct 2000

Report
from Pan American Health Organization
Published on 03 Oct 2000
Hurricane Keith, downgraded to a tropical storm,is passing progressively toward thesoutheastern part of Mexico,but continues to affect Belize. Nicaragua and Guatemala are also experiencingheavy rains.
The major issues based on the first information available and on experiencefrom previous hurricanes in that part of theRegion,are the following:
  • Interruptionofthe electrical system
  • Water contamination and accumulation of water which will last for several weeks
  • Impact onhealth services. BelizeCity hospital, which has its generator on the first floor, is reported to be flooded. Other small health centers are expected to be affected also.
  • The presence of Dengue and the increase in the number of cases of hemorrhagic fever in El Salvador and neighboring countries will makeit necessary to significantly increasethe epidemiological surveillance systemin Belize as soon as possible.
PAHO'srapid assessment team is on its way to Belize and will enterthe countryas soon as weather conditionsallow.

The SUMA system has been requested bynational authorities and it is likely that additional SUMA team members from neighboring countries might be requested in the following days.

Sources: National authorities, PAHO teams, international organizations, NGO's

Jean Luc Poncelet
Regional Advisor
PAHO/WHO DisasterProgram
525, 23rd Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20037, USA

Tel: 202: 974 34 34
Fax: 202:7754578
email: poncelej@paho.org <mailto:poncelej@paho.org>