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15 Oct 2014 description

Message:

Tropical Storm Gonzalo continues to strengthen as it moves across the Northern Leeward Islands. At 2.00 pm today, October 13, 2014 Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat and St Kitts/Nevis. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the British Virgin Islands and a Hurricane Watch for Anguilla.

THE SITUATION:

15 Oct 2014 description

10/15/2014 - 21:55

Hurricane Gonzalo churned in the Atlantic on Wednesday, bringing intense winds and threatening to deluge the Bahamas, US forecasters said.

A hurricane watch went up in Bermuda, which could feel the storm's fury by Friday, the Miami-based US National Hurricane Center said.

"A dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding in Bermuda," the NHC said in a public advisory, adding that it expected large and destructive waves.

14 Oct 2014 description

NICARAGUA - EARTHQUAKE

• An earthquake of magnitude 7.3M and depth 40km occurred off the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, on 14 October, 3.51 UTC.

• A Tsunami Threat message was issued on 4.11 UTC by the PTWC, for the coasts of Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador up to 300km from the epicentre. JRC calculations indicate a possible tsunami generation of up to 0.1m in the northern coast of Chinandega. The Tsunami warning was discontinued at 4.35 UTC.

14 Oct 2014 description

Destacados

  • LLUVIAS INTENSAS: Las fuertes precipitaciones de los últimos días ocasionan daños de diversa gravedad en Nicaragua, Guatemala, islas Bermudas y Colombia, entre otros países.

  • SEQUÍA: Aumenta el número de familias afectadas en Guatemala a 300,000 mientras el Gobierno y PMA continúan con la distribución de alimentos a estas personas.

14 Oct 2014 description

Highlights

  • INTENSE RAINS: Recent heavy rains have caused damages in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Bermuda islands and Colombia, among other countries.

  • DROUGHT: The number of families affected increased to 300,000. The Government and WFP continue distributing food to affected people.

  • EBOLA: A second case was diagnosed in the USA, representing the first time someone is infected in the country. Countries in the region are strengthening their preparedness plans to deal with possible cases.

14 Oct 2014 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Tue, 14 Oct 2014 01:18 GMT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo strengthened as it churned through the Caribbean on Monday headed for the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Read the full article on Reuters - AlertNet

04 Sep 2014 description
report UN General Assembly

DEV/3111

Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States
5th & 6th Plenary Meetings (AM & PM)

APIA, 3 September — Proper management of the world’s vast oceans — the lifeline of the planet — and its rich marine life was vital to end degradation of ecosystems, stem biodiversity loss and ensure the world’s food supply, delegates warned as the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States continued today.

03 Sep 2014 description

The Ministry of Health and Social Development is continuing its efforts to ensure that the number of cases of Chickungunya in the Territory remain low.

Since the disease was first reported in the Caribbean last December, the BVI has recorded 30 cases. Figures released by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) at the end of August revealed more than 650,000 suspected cases of Chikungunya and close to 8,000 confirmed cases. The PAHO figures also reveal that the death toll in the Caribbean is now at 37, with most deaths reported in Martinique.

22 Aug 2014 description

The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) and the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), formalising cooperation between the two.

The agreement authorises the RVIPF to activate the various emergency alert systems if it is determined that the BVI faces immediate threat from a local tsunami and contact cannot be made with the DDM.

01 May 2014 description

Tortola, British Virgin Islands, April 29th, 2014 (DDM) - The British Virgin Islands is TsunamiReady. The recognition has been bestowed on the Territory by the US based National Weather Service (NWS) which piloted the initiative in the United States to promote tsunami preparedness as a collaborative effort in vulnerable communities.

30 Mar 2014 description

L’exercice d’alerte au tsunami qui s’est déroulé le 26 mars dans les Caraïbes a connu une participation sans précédent comparée aux tests effectués en 2011 et 2013. Organisé sous les auspices de la Commission océanographique intergouvernementale (COI) de l’UNESCO, cet exercice montre l’implication des pays concernés et la prise de conscience de la menace que représentent les tsunamis dans la région.

30 Mar 2014 description

The level of participation in the tsunami warning exercise that took place on 26 March in the Caribbean was unprecedented, compared with similar exercises in 2011 and 2013. Organized under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), it reflects the commitment of the countries concerned and a growing awareness of the tsunami threat in the region.

28 Mar 2014 description

El ensayo de alerta de tsunami que se desarrolló el 26 de marzo en el Caribe obtuvo una participación sin precedentes comparado con otros que se habían desarrollado en 2011 y 2013. Organizado bajo los auspicios de la Comisión Oceanográfica Intergubernamental (COI) de la UNESCO, el ensayo muestra la implicación de los países concernidos y la toma de conciencia respecto a la amenaza que representan los tsunamis en la región.

22 Feb 2014 description

Situation summary

To date, ten countries and territories in the Region of the Americas have recorded autochthonous cases of chikungunya infection: Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin (French), Sint Maarten (Dutch) and Saint Kitts and Nevis. In addition, an imported case has been recorded in Aruba. See figure below.

With the confirmation of cases of autochthonous transmission in French Guyana, chikungunya virus has now been recorded in South America.