GlobalMedic’s Rapid Response Team landed in Port-au-Prince on October 6, 2016. Since then, the team has been installing and distributing water purification units in Roche a Bateau, Arniquet, Torbeck, Maniche and other communities surrounding Les Cayes.
To date, the team has installed 7 point-of-source water purification units, capable of producing a combined 140 litres of clean drinking water every minute. Additionally, close to 1,000 household water purification units have been distributed, serving 4,000 people. The team has also distributed 192,000 Aquatabs (10L).
On June 30th, the GlobalMedic team arrived in Turkey to distribute hygiene kits to Syrian beneficiaries living in Torbali, as well as across the border in Syria.
Monsoon rains have affected over 174,500 people in the northern region of Assam, India. Rivers have surged, destroying thousands of hectares of cropland and infrastructure. The local government has opened 19 camps across the region in an attempt to provide displaced families with adequate food, shelter and medicine, but the majority of affected people are living outside of these camps. The health and hygiene of affected communities are at high risk, and will remain at risk even as the floodwaters recede.
One month after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the South-American costal country of Ecuador, GlobalMedic and GlobalFire are holding an additional packing day to prepare aid for families still in need.
Performing daily flights around Manta, Portoviejo, Pedernales and San Vincente, GlobalMedic’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Team continues to support the relief efforts in Ecuador. Working with the National Secretariat for Risk Management (SGR), GlobalMedic’s UAVs are capturing vital aerial imagery and compiling the photographs into high quality 2D maps. These maps are being shared with the Ecuador government to help assess the damage in the worst affected regions, and inform the national rebuilding plan.
GlobalMedic’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Team continues to operate, performing vital flights throughout the worst affected areas in Manta and Portoviejo. Pilots are operating UAVs in order to compile emergency maps and damage assessments to inform responders of the most critical interventions required on the ground. A second UAV team departs Canada tomorrow to expand the response.
Ecuador’s death tolls continue to rise after being struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake April 16, and more than over 700 aftershocks. More than 650 people have been killed to date, 26,000 people have been displaced and thousands of buildings destroyed or damaged.
In a continued effort to provide clean drinking water for those affected by the earthquake, GlobalMedic’s emergency water response team installed Trekker Water Purification Units at two sites, with a combined need of over 2,400 people.
GlobalMedic has deployed its Rapid Response Team to Ecuador equipped with R4 Incorporated’s Remote Heartbeat Detection Radars. These radar systems can detect heartbeats or breathing in the rubble of collapsed buildings, through 20 meters of dense matter – whether it be concrete, rubble, or earth.
New shipments of relief supplies are arriving a few times a week in Kathmandu, and GlobalMedic volunteers are assembling and preparing them for distribution. 840 additional Rainfresh household water purification units and 1440 ceramic filter kits, which will be added to locally drilled buckets to create Rainfresh units, are ready to be distributed to families without access to clean drinking water.
Within the last few days, GlobalMedic volunteers have assembled another 6 shelters to supplement or replace school buildings that have been destroyed in Sindhupalchok. The village of Kadambas is a rugged one hour drive up a mountain, although most community members make the 3-4 hour walk twice a day to gather supplies and food. Kadambas lost its main school, which provided education to approximately 400 students in the area.
KATHMANDU, NEPAL— ADRA and GlobalMedic have partnered to provide large tents that will provide a temporary place for health posts that have been damaged or destroyed by last month’s earthquake.
“The people of 10 communities in Kavre District will have a better place to receive health services through ADRA working with GlobalMedic and Scheer Memorial Hospital,” explained Simon Lewis, former ADRA Nepal country director and emergency response team member.
GlobalMedic and its partners have been busy installing water purifiers, assembling durable tents, and distributing hygiene kits and food to the affected population in Nepal.
Today alone, Our AR10 unit filtered 5000 litres of water at the Saraswati English School in Bhaktapur and our Trekkers operating at the Kathmandu Children’s Hospital provided 420 litres of clean water.
GlobalMedic has deployed to Ukraine to initiate a response for families that have been displaced from their home as a result of the ongoing crisis. Areas holding a high number of IDPs are the main focus of the response, including Kiev, Zaporizhia, Luhansk, Donetsk and Berdyansk.
The chaos across Nepal continues as aid agencies work to support the millions affected by the earthquake. With 2.2 million people displaced from their homes after the disaster, the threat of a cholera outbreak is imminent. GlobalMedic team members have been working in spontaneously formed camps to provide access to safe, clean water - the most important step to prevent disease outbreak and keep families safe.
Our teams on the ground are working around the clock gathering aerial footage of the disaster zone, focusing on Kathmandu and surrounding areas. These images will help identify flooded areas, obstructed roads, population movements and damaged infrastructure - providing critical information that will inform a more effective and time efficient response.
As our Rapid Response Team in Kathmandu begins operations deploying our UAVs and water purification systems, the volunteers at our office in Toronto have spent the day preparing and shipping additional relief items. These items include 30 tents of various sizes from 16' x 16' up to 18' x 36' that will be used to replace damaged infrastructure for hospitals and health clinics. Tens of thousands of families have spent their nights outdoors due to the fear of strong aftershocks that continue to ravage Nepal.
As the rubble is slowly cleared the death toll rises, currently standing at over 3,700. Nepal's largest earthquake in over 80 years has caused food, water and shelter shortages. Aftershocks continue to rattle the area, causing people to sleep in the streets in fear of collapsing buildings. Families are desperate to find missing loved ones. Hospitals are overwhelmed with injured. Supplies of medicines are also running low. The airport is inundated with people trying to leave, and aid groups arriving to offer assistance.