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).
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by Hui Min NEO with Katy LEE in Lesbos
Germany said it could take half a million refugees annually over several years as Greek islands struggled Tuesday to process a huge backlog of migrants desperate to travel to western Europe.
Reflecting deepening concern, the European Union's president warned the EU faced a years-long refugee crisis, while the UN urged countries worldwide to help tackle the problem.
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.
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.
Costa Rica - This week IOM provided training for 25 border guards from Costa Rica and Panama on identification, assistance, and protection of vulnerable migrants transiting through border areas.
The training is part of IOM’s Mesoamerica Regional Program, funded by the United States government, designed to strengthen the capacities of government officials and civil society to adequately assist and protect vulnerable migrants.
Costa Rica - Esta semana, la OIM capacitó a 25 guardias de frontera de Costa Rica y Panamá en la identificación, asistencia y protección de los migrantes vulnerables que transitan por las zonas fronterizas.
La capacitación forma parte del Programa Regional de Mesoamérica de la OIM, financiado por el Gobierno de los Estados Unidos, diseñado para fortalecer las capacidades de los funcionarios gubernamentales y la sociedad civil para ayudar y proteger adecuadamente a los migrantes vulnerables.
Thousands flee violence in Latin America
In December 2014, Latin America and the Caribbean will stake out a new course for the protection of the region’s displaced populations during the next decade. New displacement drivers require new regional measures.
Fuente: Prensa Libre
Geneva, 11 July 2014 (WMO) - Weather, climate and water-related disasters are on the rise worldwide, causing loss of life and setting back economic and social development by years, if not decades. From 1970 to 2012, 8 835 disasters, 1.94 million deaths, and US$ 2.4 trillion of economic losses were reported globally as a result of hazards such as droughts, extreme temperatures, floods, tropical cyclones and related health epidemics, according to a new report.
América Central, 19 de Junio 2014
Fuente: La Prensa Libre
San Juan (EFE).- La chikungunya, una enfermedad parecida al dengue que se detectó por primera vez en América hace seis meses, ya ha causado 14 muertes y hay más de 4.500 casos confirmados y más de 165 mil sospechosos, en su gran mayoría en países caribeños. También, amenaza a Centroamérica, pues ya llegó a El Salvador.
The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. Some countries have also suffered civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts.
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).
Incremento de casos de cólera
Detectado por el Sistema de Alerta y Respuesta en los Departamentos del Norte, Noreste y Centro, alrededor de 200 nuevos casos en los dos últimos días, diseminados por diferentes localidades. El incremento de casos se ha identificado también en los Departamentos del Sur, Sudeste, Nippes, Artibonite y Oeste, tras el paso del Huracán Sandy.
Frente frío 8-9 de Noviembre
Increase in cholera cases
Detected by the Alert and Response System in the North, Northeast and Center Departments, around 200 new cases within the past two days, distributed in different villages.
The increase on cholera cases had been also identified in the South, Southeast, Nippes, Artibonite and West Departments after the Hurricane Sandy
Floods 8-9 November
Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme
Geneva, 1-5 October 2012
A. Situational analysis including new developments
In the Americas region, the implementation of pledges made during the Ministerial Intergovernmental Event1, held in December 2011, have been consolidated in the following areas: