• 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.
Tropical Storm Erika was located about 120 kilometers southwest of the capital of the Dominican Republic, on red alert (maximum), and is expected that throughout Saturday morning will advance to northern Haiti.
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.
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.
Caribbean - Tropical Cyclone ERIKA
• ERIKA continues moving north-west as a Tropical Storm. On 27 August, at 9.00 UTC, its centre was located between Grand Terre of Guadeloupe and the island of Antigua.
• Over the next 24h, ERIKA’s intensity may slightly increase, but will remain a Tropical Storm. Its centre is forecast to pass near or over portions of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands on 27 August and near or north of Puerto Rico early on 28 August UTC.
Miami, United States | AFP | Thursday 8/27/2015 - 18:56 GMT
At least three were reported dead in the island country of Dominica Thursday as Tropical Storm Erika continued powering toward Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
Many others were reported missing in Dominica and the storm has caused widespread flooding there, according to local media reports.
Miami, United States | AFP | Thursday 8/27/2015 - 00:11 GMT
Tropical storm Erika took aim at the Caribbean and storm warnings went up in Puerto Rico and in several other islands in anticipation of heavy rains, US forecasters said.
With winds of 75 kilometers (45 miles) per hour, Erika was 315 kilometers east of Antigua at 2100 GMT, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said, warning of the potential for flash floods in places.
Drought update: The levels of the major reservoirs have declined. The Carraizo dam has less than 4m and had now reached the “out of service” stage. The La Plata reservoir is down to 3.7m and is now also in the “out of service” stage. (m: EL NUEVO DÍA)
TAMPA, Fla., Aug 20 (Reuters) - Danny became the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season on Thursday even as the storm remained relatively small and far from affecting any land, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — Puerto Ricans are learning to live without water on an island that already was suffering an economic crisis.
A severe drought is forcing businesses to temporarily close, public schools to cancel breakfast service and people to find creative ways to stay clean amid sweltering temperatures.
Rationing rules that had meant water coming through the pipes only one day out of three will increase the cutoff to one day out of four starting next week, government officials say.
Fuente: El Nuevo dia - PR
Carraízo y La Plata bajaron 12 y 11 centímetros, respectivamente
Mientras los niveles de los embalses continúan en descenso, la esperanza de que se registren lluvias significativas en los próximos días que puedan ayudar a paliar la sequía en la Isla luce lejana.
Así lo informó el meteorólogo Ernesto Rodríguez, del Servicio Nacional de Meteorología (SNM), quien sostuvo que al momento no se vislumbra ningún sistema organizado que pueda traer aguaceros considerables.
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.
Fuente: El Nuevo Dia - PR
Gobierno federal emite declaración de emergencia
La gravedad de la sequía, que provocó que el gobierno federal declarara ayer, miércoles, como zonas primarias de desastre natural cuatro municipios de Puerto Rico, ha posibilitado que los operadores agrícolas en esas áreas sean elegibles para préstamos de emergencia y otras ayudas.
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.
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.
América Central, 11 de Junio 2015
Fuente: La Prensa
Más de 5,000 niños de origen hondureño han sido detenidos en la frontera sur de EUA.
Las autoridades de Estados Unidos detuvieron en los últimos ocho meses, entre el 1 de octubre de 2014 y el 1 de junio de 2015, a 22.869 menores sin acompañante en la frontera con México, un 51 % menos que en el mismo período del año pasado, informó hoy la Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza.
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.