by Julia Rawlins-Bentham
Barbados will be lending support to neighbouring island Dominica which sustained significant damage following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on Thursday.
This assurance has come from Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, during a press conference at Parliament Building today, amidst queries about the island’s response to the disaster.
“Since last night I was receiving calls from various quarters wanting to know what is Barbados doing to assist Dominica,” he said.
Message: Dominica: CDEMA CU continues to coordinate the Regional Response Mechanism to moblise support to Dominica.
Message: Dominica: Evacuation of residents of Petit Savanne. Prime Minister declared nine 9 Special Disaster Areas.
Message: Damage assessment ongoing in Dominica. Response priorities continue to focus on search, rescue and recovery and getting relief supplies to victims.
Tropical Storm Erika became the fifth named storm of this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season on August 24, 2015. Erika began impacting the CDEMA Participating States from Wednesday, August 26 and degenerated to a trough of low pressure on Saturday, August 29, 2015.
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
Tropical Storm Erika is moving west-northwest over the Atlantic Ocean towards the Leeward Islands. On 26 August at 3.00 UTC it had maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h and its centre was located approximately 800 km east of Antigua.
Over the next 24 hrs it is forecast to continue moving west-northwest, strengthening, and moving through the Leeward Islands on 27-28 August. Its centre is forecast to pass very close or over Antigua and Barbuda islands in the morning of 27 August (UTC) and pass off the north-eastern coast of Puerto Rico early on 28 August.
Cuba – Drought
• Lack of rain from May to June has affected 68% of the country (11 provinces).
• Authorities refer to the current drought as the worst in the last 115 years. In Guantanamo, water usually used for agriculture is now used for human consumption.
Published on August 19, 2015 by Julia Rawlins-Bentham
Residents across Barbados are being advised to closely monitor the approach of Tropical Storm Danny towards the island chain.
Acting Director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, issued this caution today as officials continue to monitor the tropical storm, which is now in the Atlantic, and could possibly become a hurricane by the end of this week.
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.
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.
Published on July 27, 2015 by Julia Rawlins-Bentham
The Department of Emergency Management will continue to monitor and keep the public informed of any updates surrounding the Kick ‘em Jenny underwater volcano though the alert level has been reduced to yellow.
The Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies said yesterday that activity levels at the underwater volcano had reduced significantly, resulting in a downgrading of the alert level.
Message: Changed Alert Level at Kick ‘em Jenny Submarine Level – Orange Alert
FLOODS AND RAINS: Rains in Bolivia have affected about 26,200 people. In Brazil some 140 cities are under a state of alert and about 40,000 people are affected.
COLD WEATHER: 156,782 people are suffering from respiratory and health issues in Peru related to below freezing temperatures. Authorities declared state of emergency in districts in 10 regions.
EARTHQUAKE: A 6.5 (Richter) earthquake was registered in Barbados.
No major damages were reported
INUNDACIONES Y LLUVIAS: Las lluvias que han afectado a Bolivia han dejado a unas 26,200 personas afectadas. En Brasil alrededor de 140 ciudades se mantienen en estado de alerta y 40,000 personas están afectadas.
HELADAS: La salud de 156,782 personas ha sido afectada en Perú. Autoridades declararon estado de emergencia en algunos distritos de 10 regiones.
SISMO: Un sismo de 6.5 grados en la escala de Richter se registró en Barbados. No se reportaron daños de importancia.
UNDP & UN-OHRLLS Discussion Paper
Written by Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on Development Finance
Caribbean countries suffer loss from natural hazards almost on an annual basis. The risk of this is heightened during the wet season by the passage of tropical storms and hurricanes during the period from June to November which can result in significant loss of life, livelihoods and human and economic development.
Por Kenton X. Chance
El agricultor de la isla caribeña de Santa Lucía, Anthony Herman esperaba recuperar el año próximo parte de lo que perdió cuando 70 por ciento de su cultivo de castaña de cajú se marchitó y murió bajo el abrasador sol del sur del Caribe. Pero le clima le tenía preparada otra sorpresa.
Advice for disaster risk reduction specialists and protected area managers on how best to use protected area systems as effective buffers, to prevent natural hazards from developing into unnatural disasters
Nigel Dudley, Camille Buyck, Naoya Furuta, Claire Pedrot, Fabrice Renaud and Karen Sudmeier-Rieux
CASTRIES, Jun 2 2015 (IPS) - St. Lucian farmer Anthony Herman was hoping that next year he’d manage to recoup some of the losses he sustained after 70 per cent of his cashew crop withered and died in the heat of the scorching southern Caribbean sun.
But on June 1, the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season which coincides with the rainy season, the 63-year-old man, who has been farming for four decades, received “frightening” news about weather conditions in the region over the next year or so.