Mexico

Mexico: Hurricane Stan OCHA Situation Report No. 2

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Situation Report
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Ref: OCHA/GVA – 2005/0165

OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Mexico - Hurricane Stan

This Situation Report is based on information provided by the Secretariat of the Government of Mexico as well as the UN Country Team.

National Response

1. The Central Coordination Command at the Secretariat of the Federal Government, is providing assistance to the affected population of Hurricane Stan, as well as working on rehabilitation of living conditions in affected areas. It reports as follows:

2. In order to prevent contagious diseases, the Secretariat of Health has implemented the III Week of the National Vaccination Campaign in the affected localities, prioritising Hepatitis A and tetanus control.

3. The Central Coordination Command has also distributed 27 tonnes of medicines and 14,000 doses of oral rehydration salts to treat evacuated people in temporary shelters.

4. In order to ensure a good state of health of the population in shelters as well as of those in their own houses, the Secretariat of Health has deployed some 39,000 staff including doctors, paramedics and nurses, who have provided medical care to more than 14,000 cases.

5. The Secretariat of the Marines installed an air shuttle in Chiapas, using 3 helicopters to improve rescue operations in the state of Veracruz.

6. The National Commission for Water and the Federal Commission for Electricity are operating 9 additional helicopters in Chiapas, focusing on the reestablishment of basic services. The two Commissions are also aiming at distributing food in the most remote areas. The Federal Government has further deployed 44 helicopters to support these 2 Commissions in assisting the beneficiary populations.

7. In Oaxaca, the General Prosecutor for the Republic (PGR) provided a Cessna plane to the state authorities and was scheduled to provide on Tuesday (Oct. 11) two helicopters from the police forces.

8. The Secretariat of the Marines installed a maritime shuttle with ships operating between the ports of Salina Cruz in Oaxaca and Puerto Madero in Chiapas. One of the ship was leaving on Oct. 9 for Chiapas to deliver 225 tons of food and potable water donated by the Mexican population as well as 24 tons of medicines donated by the Republic of Cuba.


Summary table of the situation as of 11 October 2005
Chiapas
Oaxaca
Veracruz
Puebla
Hidalgo
Total
Number of locations where a State of Emergency has been declared
41
144
186
114
14
499
Affected Communities
495
200
2,000
109
144
2,948
Affected population
99,571
500,000
1,280,000
45,000
30,000
1,954,571
Evacuated population
50,469
80,000
200,000
38,500
1,100
370,069
Population in shelters
63,425
15,000
200,000
6,500
200
285,125
Number of temporary shelters
300
300
430
150
1
1,181
Deaths confirmed by the Secretariat of Health
8
4
3
15
Affected dwellings
8,537
20,000
134,979
8,835
800
173,151
Riverbanks and streams overflowed
74
3
30
107
Affected telephone lines
20,622
20,622
Damaged schools
337
337
Affected pupils
87,000
87,000
Pedestrian and vehicle bridges
86
30
30
146
Damaged roads
203
125
125
453
Electrical network services damaged
126,800
12,000
183,000
26,500
348,300
Potable water network damaged (number of services)
208,000
208,000
Health centres partially or totally damaged
34
20
35
91
180
Most affected areas Soconusco-Costa, Sierra, Frailesca, Serrana y Jaltenango Regiones Itsmo, Sierra Norte, Costa, Cañada y Valles Centrales Centro y sur del Estado Sierra norte y oriente de Puebla Oriente del estado

Other Relief Activities

9. The National Red Cross Society of Mexico has deployed 200 volunteers to the affected area as well as 9 response units and 2 motorboats and has contributed with 380 tons of food, water and medication.

United Nations

10. The Mexican Government has not asked for international support and for this season the UN system is not involved in fund raising activities at national or international level at this point. However, the UN Country Team will review this situation after the assessment mission in Tapachula, which is being supported by UNICEF.

11. OCHA is in contact with the UN Resident Coordinator and will revert with further information as it becomes available.

12. This Situation Report and information on ongoing emergencies is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int.

MAP: Mexico: Hurricane Stan - Situation map

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