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26 May 2015 description

Highlights

  • COLOMBIA: At least 782 people are affected and 126 home are damaged from a mudslide that affected parts of the Department of Antioquia.

  • PERU: Media sources report that at least 138,000 families are affected by floods.
    Authorities have declared a state of emergency for areas in the Huanuco Department.

  • SAINT LUCIA: The country is suffering from a prolonged drought. Authorities are regulating the use of potable water.

26 May 2015 description

Destacados

  • COLOMBIA: Unas 782 personas afectadas y 126 viviendas con daños producto de la avalancha que afectó a partes del Departamento de Antioquia.

  • PERÚ: Reportes de prensa indican que unas 138,000 familias estarían afectadas por inundaciones. Las autoridades declararon emergencias algunas localidades en el departamento de Huánuco.

  • SANTA LUCIA: El país está afectado por una prolongada sequía. Las autoridades han impuesto medidas de uso para el agua potable.

22 May 2015 description

Thursday, May 21, 2015

by GIS

The Saint Lucia Government is requesting the full cooperation of the public in order to minimize the impact of the dry period. The Government of Saint Lucia has declared a water-related emergency for all parts of the island, effective May 20 until July 31.

This type of emergency is declared when the Water Resource Management Agency has advised that a shortage or deficiency of water exists or may soon exist.

22 May 2015 description

Introduction

Ladies and Gentlemen, Fellow Saint Lucians, Good Evening.

As some of you would have heard from the media reports, Government has declared a Water-Related Emergency for all parts of the island, effective today May 20th until July 31st, 2015. This type of emergency is declared where the Water Resource Management Agency has advised the Minister that due to an exceptional shortage of rain, or contamination of water, a serious shortage or deficiency of water exists or may soon exist.

18 May 2015 description

0. MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

Important achievements have been made in the Caribbean in disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction. However there is still room for further improvement in terms of institutionalization of tools and processes. The change in the HIP will consolidate the work made on seismic risks and will allow concretizing linking relief, rehabilitation and development opportunities with EU Delegations. In addition, more synergies will be sought with the private sector in the region.

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.

23 Mar 2015 description

La región LAC comparte experiencias en SCI

10 Mar 2015 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

RESULTS & ACHIEVEMENTS

• In 2009, a $150,000 grant from GFDRR enabled the World Bank to galvanize over $200 million in disaster risk reduction investments in the Eastern Caribbean such as coastal protection, strengthening of schools and health clinics, improved drainage systems, and slope stabilization.

05 Jan 2015 description
report GFDRR

Since its launch in 2007, GFDRR has supported initiatives engaging civil society and community leaders on disaster risk management. Through its Civil Society Partnership Strategy, GFDRR works with civil society in projects and advocacy, while also leveraging community-driven development investments with its partners.

Why Civil Society and Community— Driven Resilience Matter

17 Dec 2014 description

Vienna, Austria, December 16, 2014. Over 20 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 149th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

Public sector approvals amounting to nearly US$260m will support the following projects:

Armenia

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.

04 Nov 2014 description

Inflación mensual de alimentos de América Latina y el Caribe alcanzó 1.2% en septiembre

El aumento de 0,4 puntos porcentuales respecto a agosto llevó la inflación alimentaria regional a uno de los valores más altos en lo que va del año

Santiago de Chile, 3 de noviembre de 2014 – La inflación alimentaria de América Latina y el Caribe ha aumentado de forma continua desde junio, alcanzando 1.2% en septiembre, uno de los valores más altos en lo que va de 2014, señaló hoy la FAO.

02 Nov 2014 description

Bridgetown, Barbados, October 31, 2014 (CDEMA) - Disaster Management in the Caribbean region is getting a boost with a 20 million euro grant from the European Union. The funding has been secured under the ACP-EU CARIFORUM Natural Disaster Risk Management Programme, which will be implemented over a five year period (2014-2019) by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Caribbean Development Bank and the Dominican Republic.

29 Oct 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Brown

PASTURES, St. Vincent, Oct 29 2014 (IPS) - Glenda Williams has lived in the Pastures community in eastern St. Vincent all her life. She’s seen the area flooded by storms on multiple occasions.

But the last two times, it was more “severe and frightening” than anything she had witnessed before.

“The last time the river came down it reached on the ball ground [playing field] and you had people catching fish on the ball ground. So this time now (Dec. 24, 2013), it did more damage,” Williams, 48, told IPS.

29 Oct 2014 description

The Event and immediate aftermath

A low pressure tropical trough brought heavy rainfalls to the Eastern Caribbean on 24th December 2013, severely affecting the islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines, and St Lucia. The sustained torrential rains caused severe flooding, landslides, and damage to infrastructures including health facilities, homes, roads and bridges.

26 Sep 2014 description
report UN News Service

25 September 2014 – Less than two years after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, the Arms Trade Treaty has now received the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force, the world body announced today.

The threshold of 50 ratifications was reached earlier today at a joint ceremony held as part of the 2014 Treaty Event – an annual undertaking on the margins of the Assembly’s high-level debate that seeks to promote wider participation in the multilateral treaty framework.