Alex was the 1st hurricane of the 2010 hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean. It reached category 2 and it was born in the Caribbean Sea moving slowly to the west reaching land on the northern part of Belize City. On June 26th, it was elevated to Tropical Storm category when it touched Belize. It lost strength to Tropical Depression on June 27th but it increased strength by the time it reached the Golf of Mexico and it transformed to hurricane on June 29th, 2010. All along its trajectory it affected Honduras, Nicaraguay, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico. (CEPREDENAC, 14 October 2010)
In Mexico, Hurricane Alex affected 170,000 people and left almost twenty dead. The Government of Mexico declared a state of emergency for 87 municipalities in the States of Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas. (OCHA, 12 July 2010)
Disasters such as hurricanes are a major hazard in El Salvador, and being prepared can be the difference between life and death
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Between October 10th and October 19th, the Pacific coast of Nicaragua received heavy rains from Tropical Depression 12E. The storm affected 13 departments, 80 municipalities, and 133,858 persons (from 27,796 households) according to a recent assessment by SINAPRED, FAO, WFP and MAGFOR.
Period covered by this Final Report: 12 November 2009 to 31 December 2010.
Appeal target: CHF 1,680,178.
Appeal coverage: 92%;
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 182,501 were allocated from the IFRC’s DREF to support the Salvadoran Red Cross Society (SRCS) to respond to the floods.
An Emergency Appeal was launched on 16 November 2009 for CHF 1,701,194 – including CHF 173,262 for Shelter Cluster coordination – for 9 months to assist 10,000 people.
150 familias del municipio de San Francisco Libre fueron beneficiadas con lotes de terreno, luego de haber sido afectadas por las fuertes lluvias del 2010; con el objetivo de que la población nicaragüense se encuentre en un lugar seguro.
Además se entregaron 10 Láminas de zinc corrugado, 10 Yardas de plástico negro, 1 balde para almacenar agua, Kit de cocina, 10 libras de clavos, 4 libras de clavos para zinc; así mismo alimentos para un mes consistente en maíz, aceite, arvejas y arroz.
IDB regional Governors analyze Bank operations and regional challenges
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Central America and the Dominican Republic is expected to obtain financing for $2 billion in 2011 from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for priority areas such as citizen security, nfrastructure, social protection networks, natural disasters and climate change, and public finances, the President of the IDB Luis Alberto Moreno announced today.
La Secretaría Ejecutiva del Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Atención y Mitigación de Desastres (SE-SINAPRED), el Ministerio de Hacienda y Crédito P=FAblico (MHCP) y el Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA) firmaron un convenio de colaboración para coordinar las acciones de atención a las familias afectadas por emergencias en Nicaragua.
El convenio fue firmado por el Vice Ministro de Hacienda y Crédito P=FAblico, Iván Acosta Montalván; el Secretario Ejecutivo de SINAPRED, Rafael Alfonso Ramírez, y el Representante del PMA, Helmut W.
Press Release No:2011/317/LAC
Country is highly vulnerable to natural catastrophes
WASHINGTON, February 2, 2011 - The World Bank Board of Directors yesterday approved a US$50 million loan for El Salvador to enable its national government to better confront natural disasters. The loan uses the modality of Deferred Drawn Option-- (DDO), a loan that allows the government to use the funds in case of a national disaster.
The Bank's financing will bolster the Disaster Risk Management Program, a public investment plan that seeks to improve mitigation, risk prevention and disaster …
Comunicado de prensa Nº:2011/317/LAC
El país es muy vulnerable a las catástrofes naturales
WASHINGTON, 2 de febrero de 2011 - El Directorio Ejecutivo del Banco Mundial aprobó ayer un préstamo de US$50 millones para El Salvador que le permitirá a su gobierno enfrentar mejor los desastres naturales.
Conformación de la Plataforma Nacional para la Reducción de Riesgo de Desastres, con la participación de las instancias p=FAblicas y privadas del Sistema Nacional de Gestión del Riesgo (SINAGER), con apoyo del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD).
Puesta en vigencia del Reglamento General de la Ley del Sistema Nacional deGestión del Riesgo (SINAGER), también con respaldo del PNUD.
Atención a 48,264 evacuados, 4,251 familias damnificadas, casi 28 mil albergados, para un total de 131, 121 afectados durante las emergencias.
Además del trabajo realizado …
Regional food security context
- In 2009 drought led to below- average production in the dry corridor of eastern Guatemala, western and southern Honduras, and central Nicaragua.
- In Guatemala, 2010 heavy rains during the primera season (May- September) damaged crops and infrastructure. Damage to infrastructure due to extreme weather events temporarily hindered access to remote markets and increased transportation costs, leading to above- average food prices. The areas along both coastlines were the most affected, as were the highlands, which are prone to landslides.
This section summarizes FEWS NET's most forward-looking analysis of projected external emergency food assistance needs, six months from now, in countries where FEWS NET has a staff presence. Overall needs at a national level are compared to typical needs at this time of year during the last five years and categorized as Above-average, Average, and Below-average/No need. A star (*) indicates new information this month. Projected lean season months that are highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid, and in particular Article 2 and Article 15(3) thereof;
(1) Guatemala was affected by a severe drought in 2009 and by a series of natural disasters in 2010 (Pacaya volcano eruption, Tropical Storm Agatha, Tropical Depression 11-E, etc.);
(2) The coping capacity of the most vulnerable population has been eroded due to this succession of natural disasters. Harvest losses have …
(Geneva/New York/Bonn, 14 December 2010): The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Deutsche Post DHL, the world's leading post and logistics service provider, today renewed their successful partnership, started in 2005, for another three years. The extension was signed in Geneva by Rashid Khalikov, Director of UN OCHA Geneva and Rainer Wend, Executive Vice President Corporate Public Policy and Sustainability at Deutsche Post DHL.
"Over the past five years, we have worked very successfully together in disaster management.
This report covers the period 01 January 2010 to 30 June 2010.
Programme purpose: The Americas Zone Office is guided in its work with the 35 Red Cross Societies of the Americas by the strategic aims of Strategy 2020 to save lives, protect livelihoods, and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises; enable healthy and safe living; and promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace. Capacity building efforts are in line with enabling action one to build strong National Red Cross Societies.
Comunicado de prensa Nº:2011/231/LAC
WASHINGTON, 9 de DICIEMBRE, 2010 - Entre mayo y septiembre de 2010, desastres naturales consecutivos provocaron más de 200 muertes, afectaron a más de medio millón de personas y causaron daños de consideración a la infraestructura física y productiva de Guatemala. Como apoyo de emergencia, el Directorio Ejecutivo del Banco Mundial aprobó hoy un préstamo de 100 millones de dólares para ayudar a preservar los servicios de salud y educación en el país luego de estos desastres naturales, que causaron alrededor de 1.55 millardos en daños y pérdidas …
Nicaragua is the largest country in the Central American with population of 5.6 million1 and a population density of 43.52 inhabitants per squared kilometres, which is the lowest in the region. According to UNDP's Human Development Report 2009, 15.8 per cent of the population lives on less than 1.25 US dollars a day (2000-2007) and 47.9 per cent lives below the national poverty line (2000-2006).
México, D.F., 30/11/2010
La Coordinación Generalde Protección Civil de la Secretaría de Gobernación informa que el día de hoy se da por terminada la Temporada de Lluvias y Ciclones Tropicales 2010 para ambos litorales de nuestro país, Océano Pacífico y Océano Atlántico, Golfo de México y Mar Caribe.
Durante esta temporada, la Coordinación General de Protección Civil emitió un total de 315 boletines del Sistema de Alerta Temprana para Ciclones Tropicales (SIAT-CT), en los que puntualmente se informó del desplazamiento y evolución de los ciclones tropicales.
NOAA's Prediction for Active Season Realized; Slow Eastern Pacific Season Sets Record
November 29, 2010
According to NOAA the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends tomorrow, was one of the busiest on record. In contrast, the eastern North Pacific season had the fewest storms on record since the satellite era began.
In the Atlantic Basin a total of 19 named storms formed - tied with 1887 and 1995 for third highest on record.
Since May 2010; Guatemala has suffered a volcanic eruption, a massive tropical storm, and intermittent flooding and landslides that have continued through the hurricane season. In response, local Tzu Chi volunteers have been surveying damage in disaster-hit areas, and providing relief where they can. Recently, near the city of Palencia, Tzu Chi helped finish building a local school in Villa de Oriente. Construction had stopped due to a lack of funding, but this week, the school was finally completed.