Latin America and the Caribbean: Monthly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (November 2017)
Flooding from the overflow of La Paila river in Corinto (Cauca department) triggered a mudslide that killed six people, injured 60 and destroyed 139 homes, per the Government. The flooding also affected road networks, two health centres and two schools. Authorities have responded with clearing debris and distributing clean water.
5,361 people affected
The overflow of several rivers in the San Martín province led to flooding that affected hundreds of families and homes. Authorities in San Martín have provided aid for the affected, deploying nearly 30 health specialists to provide basic medical attention.
5,629 people affected
Intense rainfall throughout November has affected families in the Chiriquí, Los Santos and Veraguas provinces.
Civil Protection (SINAPROC) reports that the subsequent flooding has affected more than two thousand people and more than three hundred homes. Provincial authorities have been providing aid.
2,235 people affected
Severe drought is affecting the Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, Potosí, Santa Cruz and Tarija departments.
Clean water is an urgent need for families and their farming – authorities estimate that 15,600 heads of cattle and 33,500 hectares of farmland are at risk. Authorities have declared a state of emergency for 51 municipalities and are mobilizing water tanks, food and cattle feed.
98,500 people affected
Although Dominica continues to recover from Hurricane Maria, several challenges remain. Water supply has been restored to 70 per cent, but is often interrupted as repair work continues. IOM teams are interviewing people leaving Dominica; 25 per cent say they will not return, 22 per cent say they are leaving in search of employment abroad.
Restoring agricultural production remains a priority for Cuba after Hurricane Irma. In the Villa Clara province, all damaged coffee plantations have been recovered. However, 63.5 per cent of the coffee harvest forecast for 2017 has been lost, affecting local livelihoods.
On 6 November, Guatemalan authorities began monitoring moderate eruptions from the Fuego volcano, whose ash dispersed up to 12km. Mexican authorities observed 245 low intensity eruptions from the Popocatépetl volcano on the same day, placing the surrounding areas on yellow alert. Nicaragua’s San Cristobal volcano erupted light gas and ash on 8 November, but posed no threat, according to Nicaraguan authorities
Costa Rica was struck by an earthquake measuring 6.5 on 12 November. The epicenter was just off the Pacific coast, some 100km away from San José. Electricity was knocked out in some areas, but no casualties were reported.
In El Salvador, a swarm of small magnitude quakes occurred between 15-16 November.
Authorities recorded 85 quakes, none measuring more than 3.7, attributing them to geologic activity in the region.
Ecuador was struck by two earthquakes. A 6.2 earthquake struck near Guayaquil on 17 November, causing minor damages, followed by a 5.4 earthquake on 27 November. No injuries or deaths were reported.
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