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16 Feb 2016 description

Several Participating States in the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) system have been placed under immediate drought watch or warning for 2016. The drought situation remains a major concern for many countries due to the below-normal rainfall recorded during the previous dry and wet seasons, which resulted in a number of countries experiencing water shortages in 2015.

20 Jan 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

Por Ivet González

SANTO DOMINGO, 19 ene 2016 (IPS) - Las cerca de 7.000 islas y el mar caliente del Caribe guardan miles de especies endémicas, además de ser el tránsito de aves migratorias, toda una fauna cuya conservación exige acciones multilaterales en la era del recalentamiento planetario.

09 Jan 2016 description
report World Bank

Even before Hurricane Joaquin’s catastrophic flooding of South Carolina in October, the storm had hit ten islands of The Bahamas with brute force. On Crooked Island, 85 percent of the homes were destroyed. Over 36 hours, the storm rested menacingly over the islands, closing airports as well as destroying communications and electrical infrastructure, according to the Ministry of Environment and Housing in Nassau.

A platform to improve resilience in the Caribbean

29 Dec 2015 description

Países caribeños de CARICOM muestran progreso en el cumplimiento de los objetivos globales de hambre, según la FAO

Subalimentación en el Caribe disminuyó de 8,1 millones en 1990-92 a 7,5 millones en 2014-16.

23 Dec 2015 description

Caribbean CARICOM countries show progress in meeting global hunger targets, according to FAO report

Undernourishment in the Caribbean declined from 8.1 million in 1990-92 to 7.5 million in 2014-16. Three Caribbean Community countries – Barbados, Guyana and St Vincent and the Grenadines –met both the World Food Summit (WFS) hunger reduction goal set in 1996 and the hunger reduction target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed upon in 2000.

18 Dec 2015 description

LONG ISLAND, The Bahamas - Some two months after Hurricane Joaquin devastated Long Island, displacing residents and debilitating the economy, the southeast island is slowly returning to normal operations.

17 Dec 2015 description

Publicado: 16 diciembre 2015 22:42 CET

Nassau, 4 Diciembre 2015

“Con la resiliencia, nuestro objetivo es que las comunidades no sólo dependan de la ayuda de las organizaciones.”

17 Dec 2015 description

Nassau, 4 December 2015

“With resilience, our goal is for communities to no longer rely exclusively on organizations to help them.”

With these words,  Carlyne McKenzie, Resilience Project Coordinator for the Bahamas Red Cross, explained the purpose of the 9th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management, hosted by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) jointly with Bahamas’ National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) between the 30th of November and the 4th of December of 2015, in Bahamas.

16 Dec 2015 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster On 2 October 2015, the island chain of the Bahamas experienced significant damage with many houses destroyed and widespread reports of heavy flooding and storm surges mainly in the central and southern sections of the archipelago due to the passage of Hurricane Joaquin. On 3 October, Hurricane Joaquin moved slowly across the southern and central islands unleashing torrential rains, wind and storm surges, leading to flooding and salt water intrusion in several areas.

07 Dec 2015 description

This report sets out the risks to food security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from climate change, and how these vulnerabilities interact with other key trends and sources of risk, including population growth, urbanisation, and conflict.

23 Nov 2015 description

Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID provided nearly $777 million to assist disaster-affected populations in the LAC region, including nearly $509 million from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and approximately $268 million from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP).

17 Nov 2015 description

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Colonial Group International (Bahamas) donated a total of $100,000 towards Hurricane Joaquin relief efforts to three organizations in the frontline of assisting residents in the impacted areas to help get lives back on track.

On Thursday, November 12, during a press conference at Atlantic Medical on Collins Avenue, Linda Gibson, executive vice-president of Atlantic Medical, a member of CGI, presented the cheques as follows: The National Emergency Management Agency, $50,000, The Bahamas Red Cross Society $25,000 and Rotary Bahamas, $25,000.

11 Nov 2015 description

In this issue

On the Agenda
Meetings between the PSC and the EU Political and Security Committee are an opportunity to strengthen AU-EU relations.

Situation Analysis
Resolving the political impasse in Madagascar has been described as a success, but poverty and a lack of capacity in the government are hindering the process of rebuilding the country.

11 Nov 2015 description

The Bahamas – TC KATE
• KATE turned into a Tropical Storm on 9 November and moved through the eastern and central islands of the Bahamas.
• KATE is forecast to move north and then north-east over the Atlantic, slightly intensifying, but remaining over water and far from any land, over the next 48 h.

10 Nov 2015 description

Destacados

  • DESLAVE: Continua la búsqueda de 28 personas desaparecidas en Brasil, luego del alud de lodo provocado por el colapso de dos diques de contención de residuos minerales de una mina.

  • LLUVIAS E INUNDACIONES: Unas 5,000 personas están afectadas por lluvias en Colombia, mientras que los especialistas indican que este año ha llovido un 57% menos en el país, con respecto a 2014.

  • SEQUÍA: Expertos productores estiman que la producción de granos básicos en Nicaragua ha disminuido entre un 50 y 75% en el “corredor seco”.

10 Nov 2015 description

Highlights

  • LANDSLIDE: The search for 28 people missing continues in Brazil after the mudslide caused by the collapse of two dams tailings from a mine.

  • RAINS AND FLOODS: 5,000 people are affected by rains in Colombia. Specialists indicate that this year it rained less than 57% in the country with respect to 2014.

  • DROUGHT: Experts estimate that production of basic grains in Nicaragua has decreased between 50 and 75% in the "dry corridor".

06 Nov 2015 description

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding with emergency relief to Hurricane Joaquin survivors on one of the hardest hit islands in the Bahamas. Working in cooperation with Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, in Nassau, Bahamas, a parish of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and with local relief partner, HeadKnowles, IOCC is providing building supplies for residents of Long Island who have started to repair their homes.