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28 Jul 2016 description

 As of 27 July 2016, 67 countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2007 (64 of these countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2015):

 50 countries and territories with a first reported outbreak from 2015 onwards.

 Four countries are classified as having possible endemic transmission or have reported evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in 2016.

22 Oct 2015 description

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, October 16th, 2015 (DDME) - When disasters strike will TCI’s first response agencies be able to handle a large scale emergency requiring a multiagency response? Can the agencies needed to coordinate this multiagency disaster effectively coordinate and share resources? How long can the staff of any one agency sustain a 24hour/ 7 days a week EOC? What are the roles and responsibilities of responding agencies in the National EOC? Where will the extra resources come from to effectively operate an EOC?

22 Oct 2015 description

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, October 15th, 2015 (DDME) - The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies is currently hosting a two-day Incident Command Systems (ICS) Training Workshop from Wednesday 14th– Thursday 15th, October 2015 for Command-level first responder personnel from Police, Fire, EMT, Medical, Air Ports and Sea Ports. The ICS training workshop is being held at The Life Centre Building on Old Airport Road, Grand Turk.

13 Oct 2015 description

Destacados

  • TEMPORADA DE HURACANES: El paso del huracán Joaquín provocó graves daños a la infraestructura y viviendas en Acklins, Largo, Crooked, islas de San Salvador y Rum Cay. En apoyo a la Agencia de Manejo de Emergencias y Desastres en el Caribe (CDEMA), un equipo de evaluación rápida de necesidades con miembros de las Naciones Unidas fue desplegado a la región afectada.

13 Oct 2015 description

Highlights

  • HURRICANE SEASON: Hurricane Joaquin passed over the southern Island of the Bahamas and resulted in several damage to critical infrastructure and housing in Acklins, Long, Crooked, and San Salvador islands and Rum Cay. CDEMA deployed a Rapid Needs Assessment Team with members from the UN to the affected region.

  • LANDSLIDE: Authorities declared a red alert in El Cambray II, municipality of Santa Catarina Pinula, department of Guatemala, following a deadly landslide that left 274 dead and 353 people missing.

08 Oct 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • CDEMA Executive Director holds high level consultations in Nassau
  • CDEMA RNAT arrives in Nassau and deployed to affected family Islands
  • Initial reports from Rapid Damage and Needs Assessments Teams for Crooked Island and Long Island received.

THE SITUATION:

On September 30th, 2015, Hurricane Joaquin became the tenth named hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season which affected the southern and central Islands of the Bahamas.

06 Oct 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • CDEMA finalizes arrangements for three Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment Teams for the Bahamas.

  • Relief supplies dispatched to the Southern Bahamas via the RFA Lyme Bay

  • 1 person reported missing in Bahamas

  • Joaquin claims 1 life in Haiti

  • Joaquin predicted to pass to the west of Bermuda Joaquin expected to produce additional rainfall over the Bahamas and Bermuda

  • Damage assessment process continues for the Turks and Caicos Islands

04 Oct 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS:

•All clear issued for The Bahamas

•CDEMA initiates arrangements for three Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment Teams to the Bahamas.

•Relief supplies dispatched to the Southern Bahamas

•Joaquin expected to produce additional rainfall over the Bahamas, eastern Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos Islands today.

•Damage assessment process ongoing for the Turks and Caicos Islands.

03 Oct 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The core of intense Hurricane Joaquin begins to move away from the central Bahamas Joaquin is now a Category 3 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

  • Joaquin is expected to produce heavy rainfall over the central Bahamas, with some rainfall expected over the southeastern Bahamas, northwestern Bahamas, eastern Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

  • This rainfall could result in life-threatening flash floods.

03 Oct 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Joaquin has weakened slightly as the eye passes near San Salvador Island.

  • Joaquin is now a Category 3 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

  • Joaquin is expected to produce heavy rainfall over the central Bahamas, with some rainfall expected over the southeastern Bahamas, northwestern Bahamas, eastern Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

  • This rainfall could result in life-threatening flash floods.

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.

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
  • 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.

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.

27 Aug 2015 description

Message: Dominica significantly impacted by Tropical Storm Erika. Regional response teams on standby for immediate deployment. Storm conditions are expected to continue over portions of the Leeward Islands, and reach the Virgin Islands later today.

EVENT:

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.

09 Apr 2015 description

Port-au-Prince, Haiti | | Thursday 4/9/2015 - 22:35 GMT

Twenty-one migrants died and around a dozen more were missing after their boat sank off the north coast of Haiti, a senior official said Thursday.

Haiti's civil protection directorate chief Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste said those on board the ship, around 50 people, had been trying to reach Providenciales Island in the neighboring Turks and Caicos.

The ship -- which left at about midnight -- had attempted to return after running into bad weather, but sank off the coast in the early hours on Thursday.

09 Apr 2015 description

Port-au-Prince, Haïti | | jeudi 09/04/2015 - 22:11 GMT

Vingt-et-un migrants sont morts dans le naufrage de leur bateau au nord d'Haïti dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi, a annoncé la directrice de la protection civile, précisant que 12 personnes avaient survécu.

Marie-Alta Jean-Baptiste a indiqué jeudi que les passagers avaient embarqué aux environs de minuit pour rejoindre Providenciales, une île de l'archipel de Turques et Caïques située à 200km au nord d'Haïti.