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).
El presente documento entrega un panorama mensual sobre la situación de los precios de alimentos en América Latina y el Caribe. Mediante el monitoreo de la información oficial de los países de la región, se busca entregar una alerta sobre los potenciales impactos que un alza de los precios de los alimentos puede generar sobre el bienestar de los hogares más pobres y vulnerables de la región, dado que son quienes destinan una proporción importante de sus ingresos al consumo de alimentos.
Lima - Finance Ministers of the Vulnerable Twenty (V20), representing close to 700 million people threatened by climate change and spanning world regions, held their inaugural meeting on 8 October 2015 in Lima, Peru. They announced a series of actions to foster greater investment in climate resiliency and low emissions development at home and internationally.
The island of Dominica sustained significant damage due to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika on Thursday, 28 August. A band of torrential rain caused by the system resulted in the deposit of 6 to 8 inches of rain in less than twelve hours and triggered massive flooding and several landslides.
OECS Commission, Castries Saint Lucia 03/09/15 -The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is in final preparations to host its fifth climate change seminar, which is to be held under the theme: Strengthening the Environment and Building Resilience to Climate Change in OECS Member States”.
The seminar will take place at the Conference Room of the Verandah Resort and Spa in St Phillips, Antigua from September 9-10 2015.
Eastern Caribbean Development Partners Group for Disaster Management (ECDPG/DM) The Eastern Caribbean Development Partners Group for Disaster Management (ECDPG/DM) met on Thursday, September 4, 2015 to discuss and provide updates on the humanitarian response to Dominica. Key updates from the meeting are as follows:
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.
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.
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.
Message: Changed Alert Level at Kick ‘em Jenny Submarine Level – Orange Alert
UNDP & UN-OHRLLS Discussion Paper
Written by Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on Development Finance
Rainfall totals for the British Virgin Islands for the first half of 2015 are significantly low in comparison to previous years, resulting in substantial impact to farming grounds.
Rainfall statistics accumulated by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) for the period January to June reveal a total of only 3.5 inches of rainfall, with the majority occurring in January and February. Comparing the same period in 2014, rainfall totals were at 13.5 inches.
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.
DROUGHT: Several countries in the Caribbean are affected by drought.
Experts predict the situation to deteriorate with El Niño and a weak hurricane season, with a limited amount of rain expected for the region.
Colombia and Guatemala are affected by contamination of rivers that supply water to a considerable number of people. In Colombia the contamination results from oil pollution while Guatemala is still investigating the origin.
SEQUÍA: Varios países de el Caribe están afectados por sequía. Los expertos estiman que la situación podría empeorar debido a El Niño y a una baja predicción en la actual Temporada de Huracanes, lo que limita la cantidad de lluvia esperada en la región.
EMERGENCIA MEDIO AMBIENTAL:
Colombia y Guatemala están afectadas por contaminación de ríos que abastecen de agua a un considerable número de personas. En Colombia la contaminación es por petróleo, mientras en Guatemala se investiga el origen.
OECS Commission, Castries, St. Lucia,June 24th ,2015-Regional and national agencies engaged in environmental management, disaster risk management and sustainable development are to further discuss the findings of vulnerability assessments recently conducted in 3 communities in Saint Lucia. The workshop will also have as one of the outputs, the development of disaster risk management strategies and action plans to address the vulnerabilities identified.