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02 Sep 2015 description

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has implemented an emergency warning system to better prepare and inform the public about a disaster about to impact the country.

The system was first tested during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, when on Thursday, August 27, 2015 NEMA partially activated the National Emergency Operations Center to closely monitor the storm.

30 Aug 2015 description
  • Tropical Storm Erika has been downgraded to a low pressure front. Its remnants are moving west-northwest at about 35 km/h. As a result, locally heavy rains and gusty winds are expected near the eastern and central Cuban coast and the South-eastern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

30 Aug 2015 description

SITUATION

• Tropical Storm ERIKA moved through Lesser Antilles on 27 August, causing heavy rainfall. Dominica was especially affected by floods and landslides. As of 28 August, there were five dead, 21 missing and several homes destroyed. Afterwards it started moving over the Caribbean Sea towards the Dominican Republic, as a Tropical Storm. On 28 August afternoon (UTC), it is approaching the south-eastern coast. At 12.00 UTC its center was located approx. 50 km southeast of Saona Island and it had max. sustained winds of 85 km/h.

29 Aug 2015 description

Roseau, Dominica | AFP | Friday 8/29/2015 - 06:25 GMT

by Alexander MARTINEZ

Tropical Storm Erika left at least 20 people dead when it swept over the tiny island nation of Dominica, officials reported Friday, as the system barreled through the Caribbean.

While crews rushed to search for survivors and clean up scenes of chaos on Caribbean islands, Haitian authorities issued travel restrictions and opened emergency shelters ahead of the storm's arrival.

28 Aug 2015 description
  • Tropical Storm ERIKA continued moving west-northwest over the northern Atlantic Ocean towards the Leeward Islands. On 27 August at 3.00 UTC its centre was located approximately 175km east-southeast of Antigua and it had maximum sustained winds of 74 km/h.

28 Aug 2015 description

Situation in Dominica: three people dead and severe flooding causing mudslides. Damage to the infrastructure reported in Grand Bay and Bath Estate, landslides destroying houses in Good Hope and Kings Hill. Canefield Airport under water and Melville Hall airport inoperable. Roseau has been heavily impacted by the swollen rivers. Communications land and cell phones are down. CDEMA to deploy Assessment and Operations Coordination teams by Friday

28 Aug 2015 description

Message: Search and Rescue continues and Damage Assessments commence in Dominica. Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Haiti, Southeastern and Central Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands. A Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect for Northwestern Bahamas.

EVENT:

Dominica, a CDEMA Participating State, has been severely affected by heavy rains as a result of the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on August 27, 2015. Several persons have been reported dead or missing and there has been major damage to infrastructure and utilities in many communities.

25 Aug 2015 description

Authored by: Lindsay Thompson

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has trained a core group of individuals to better manage relief supplies following a disaster.

The training through computer software Logistics Support System (LSS), was sponsored and facilitated in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization. The sessions were held at NEMA's headquarters on NEMA's Way and Gladstone Road, August 17-19, 2015.

25 Aug 2015 description

Authored by: Lindsay Thompson

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency, in keeping with its goals to build disaster resilient communities, took its message to the summer youth camp of the Centreville Urban Renewal Office.

Luke Bethel, training officer at NEMA, fully engaged children during his presentation of disasters such as floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, hurricanes and any other possible emergencies the country could be faced with.

19 Aug 2015 description

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO, held a Psychological First Aid workshop to equip residents with stress relieving skills following a disaster, man-made or natural.

The purpose of the workshop held at the operations centre at NEMA’s Way and Gladstone Road on Thursday, August 13, 2015, was to provide training for disaster responders in the current mental health context of The Bahamas.

13 Aug 2015 description

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, August 13, 2015 – The 16 Caribbean member governments of CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) completed their catastrophe insurance portfolios for 2015/2016. All 16 Caribbean members renewed their hurricane policies; all 13 that had earthquake policies renewed those; and 12 obtained excess rainfall coverage – an increase of 4 over the 8 countries that purchased excess rainfall policies for the first time last year.

06 Aug 2015 description

Inflación alimentaria en ALC ha mantenido una tendencia a la baja desde abril

En junio de 2015, la inflación alimentaria de América Latina y el Caribe alcanzó 0,7%.

06 de agosto, Santiago de Chile – En junio la inflación alimentaria mensual en América Latina y el Caribe fue de 0,7 %, disminuyendo 0,1 puntos porcentuales respecto a mayo, manteniendo una tendencia a la baja en los últimos tres meses.

31 Jul 2015 description

In this issue:

  • Nigeria: One Year Without Wild Poliovirus

  • Pakistan: Getting Back on Track

  • Afghanistan: Intensifying Eradication Activities

16 Jul 2015 description

UNDP & UN-OHRLLS Discussion Paper

Written by Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on Development Finance

Executive Summary

29 May 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Brown

NASSAU, May 29 2015 (IPS) - Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have championed the phrase “1.5 to stay alive” in demanding that global temperature increases be kept as far below 1.5 degrees C as possible to limit the anticipated devastating effects of climate change on the world’s most vulnerable countries.

11 May 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Brown

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, May 9 2015 (IPS) - Caribbean leaders on Saturday further advanced their policy position on climate change ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties, also known as COP 21, scheduled for Paris during November and December of this year.

The position of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), 14 independent countries, was put forward by the group’s chairman, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, during a meeting here with French President François Hollande.

24 Mar 2015 description

A large-scale tsunami response exercise will take place in the Caribbean on 25 March. The purpose of this exercise is to test the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, established in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). It is designed to evaluate the response capacity of Caribbean countries and adjacent regions* in the event of a dangerous tsunami. The organizers** of the test have prepared two scenarii.

27 Dec 2014 description

Un groupe de 112 immigrants-es haïtiens dont 93 hommes et 19 femmes ont été arrêtés à bord d’un bateau près de l'île Great Exuma, aux Bahamas, le jeudi 25 décembre 2014. Leur embarcation a été interceptée par la Force de défense royale de cet Archipel aux 700 îles et îlots situés dans l’océan Atlantique, a appris le GARR.

Selon un communiqué du gouvernement, les 112 ressortissants-es haïtiens seraient transférés à Nassau, la capitale des Bahamas, pour être déportés ensuite en Haïti.

01 Dec 2014 description

| Overview |

Working environment The intensification of several humanitarian crises in Africa and in the Middle East is keeping global resettlement needs high. Thanks to the generosity of countries such as the United States and Canada, which have large resettlement programmes, many vulnerable refugees are able to find a solution to their plight.

14 Nov 2014 description

Le Centre Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) a exprimé ses inquiétudes par rapport à l’application discriminatoire de nouvelles politiques d’immigration aux Bahamas. Selon les informations collectées par cet organisme de droits humains, les agents de l’immigration bahamienne ont mené des raids d’arrestation massive au sein de la communauté migrante haïtienne aux Bahamas, les 1er et 2 novembre 2014. Ils ont par la suite augmenté leur présence aux alentours des écoles publiques où il y a une forte concentration d’élèves nés de parents haïtiens.