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.
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Caribe, 14 de Octubre 2014
Fuente: El Universal
Gonzalo alcanza ahora la categoría dos de las cinco que componen la escala Saffir-Simpson y continua fortaleciéndose por lo que "podría convertirse en un huracán mayor el miércoles" sostuvo el Centro Nacional de Huracanes (NHC), con sede en Miami, Florida.
Tres personas fueron reportadas desaparecidas este martes tras el pasaje del huracán Gonzalo sobre las islas francesas San Bartolomé y Saint Martin, en el norte del Caribe, mientras las autoridades siguen sin tener novedades acerca de otras 16.
La police maritime des Îles Turks & Caïcos a intercepté, le lundi 1er septembre 2014, 82 ressortissants-es haïtiens au moment où leur embarcation traversait les eaux de ce territoire britannique, a appris le GARR.
Ces migrants-es haïtiens (60 hommes et 22 femmes) ont été remis aux agents de l’immigration dans un centre de détention. L’un d’entre eux a été soigné pour fatigue et un autre pour une lacération subie à la jambe lorsqu’il tentait de sauter par-dessus bord pour échapper à la police.
08/26/2014 22:58 GMT
MIAMI, August 26, 2014 (AFP) - Strengthening Hurricane Cristobal killed at least four people in the Caribbean and then trained its deadly sights Tuesday on the holiday paradise of Bermuda, officials and meteorologists said.
The storm dumped torrential rain on the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Dominican Republic, triggering flooding and killing four people, authorities there said.
CRISTOBAL formed on 23 August in the Caribbean, near the Turks and Caicos. On 25 August, 6.00 UTC, it was a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 85 km/h and its centre was located over water, east of the Bahamas, approximately 160 km north-west of the island of San Salvador. In the following 48 h, it is expected to move north-north-east, away from land, slightly intensifying.
This report, for the period 1 June – 30 November 2013, is for the first two quarters of the 2013/2014 fiscal and policy year for CCRIF. It is designed to provide an update on progress during this six-month period towards achievement of CCRIF’s Strategic Objectives (see Figure 1) as defined in the CCRIF Strategic Plan 2012/2013 – 2014/2015. In providing this progress update, this report also illustrates how the Facility upholds its customer values.
The report presents:
Le Groupe d’Appui aux Rapatriés et Réfugiés (GARR) a appris avec consternation, le décès d’au moins 17 migrants haïtiens noyés au large des Îes Turcs & Caicos suite au naufrage de l’embarcation où ils se trouvaient.
Le voilier qui transportait environ 50 personnes a chaviré alors qu’il était escorté par les autorités vers la côte des Îles Turks-et-Caïcos, lit-on dans une dépêche de l’Associated Press.
The Christmas Day drownings of at least 18 Haitian migrants when their sailboat capsized off the Turks and Caicos Islands, has re-focused attention on the crisis of "desperation migration."
"We offer our condolences and deep sympathy to the families of those affected by this terrible incident," said Ambassador William Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), "but we must also find ways to stem the root causes bringing people to risk all by taking to the high seas in flimsy craft," he said.
12/25/2013 19:27 GMT
MIAMI, 25 décembre 2013 (AFP) - Dix-huit personnes soupçonnées d'être des immigrants clandestins sont mortes mercredi au large des îles Turks et Caïcos, lorsque leur bateau a chaviré, a indiqué le bureau du gouverneur de cet archipel des Antilles dans un communiqué.
Trente-deux autres personnes ont pu être secourues, selon les autorités.
La nationalité des victimes n'est pas précisée, mais d'après le quotidien local Turks and Caicos Sun, elles seraient haïtiennes.
12/25/2013 22:55 GMT
MIAMI, December 25, 2013 (AFP) - Seventeen Haitian suspected illegal migrants died Wednesday when their boat capsized off the Turks and Caicos islands near the Caribbean, authorities said.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Christmas Day as the boat, which had been intercepted by police, was "being towed into dock" at Providenciales, the government of the British territory said in a statement.
This report, for the period 1 March – 31 May 2013, is the report for the final quarter of the 2012/2013 fiscal and policy year for CCRIF. It is designed to provide an update on progress during this quarter towards achievement of CCRIF’s Strategic Objectives (see Figure 1) as defined in the CCRIF Strategic Plan 2012/2013 – 2014/2015. In providing this progress update, this report also illustrates how the Facility upholds its customer values.
CCRIF Quarterly Report 1 December 2012 – 28 February 2013
The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) is the first multi-country risk pool in the world, and is also the first insurance instrument to successfully develop parametric policies backed by both traditional and capital markets. It is a regional catastrophe fund for Caribbean governments designed to limit the financial impact of devastating hurricanes and earthquakes by quickly providing financial liquidity when a policy is triggered.
Over 44,000 people from 30 Members States and 15 of the territories* in the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions participated in the second full scale regional tsunami exercise held on March 20, 2013.
Thirty-two countries* will participate in a full-scale tsunami alert exercise in the Caribbean on 20 March 2013. The goal is to test the reaction capacity in countries of the Caribbean and adjacent regions, including the East Coast of Canada and the United States, the Gulf of Mexico and Bermuda. The exercise was organized under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).
This report, for the period 1 June – 30 November 2012, is the first semiannual report, covering the first six months in the 2012/2013 fiscal and policy year for CCRIF. It is designed to provide an update on progress during this period towards achievement of CCRIF’s Strategic Objectives (see Figure 1) as defined in the CCRIF Strategic Plan 2012/2013 – 2014/2015. In providing this progress update, this report also illustrates how the Facility upholds its customer values.
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The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2013/01000