Impact situation report #4 - Hurricane Georges
1.0 THE EVENT
The following is an update on the impact of Hurricane Georges as it passed over the islands of the Northeastern Caribbean on September 20 - 21, 1998 between late Sunday night and continuing into Monday morning with maximum sustained winds was 115 mph with higher gusts of up 150 mph.
At 1400 hours a weakened Hurricane George was located at 19.5 degrees North and 74.7 degrees West. Maximum winds are 75 mph with higher gusts. A hurricane warning is in effect for the Turks and Caicos Islands and Central and South Eastern Bahamas Islands. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Jamaica.
The most significantly affected CDERA Participating States are St. Kitts-Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda. Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts-Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands were mildly affected. An impact summary for St. Kitts-Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda is attached.
3.0 RESPONSE (National)
3.1 St. Kitts-Nevis
The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has carried out an initial assessment of damage which is being used to refine its needs. The Prime Minister of St. Kitts-Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Denzil Douglas addressed the nation last night to provide an assessment of the damage done and to encourage the building process.
3.2 Antigua and Barbuda
Assessments of damage is still being undertaken and attendance to emergency relief needs as far as possible.
4.0 RESPONSE (Regional and International)
The Rapid Assessment Team is assessing the situation in St. Kitts-Nevis and Antigua. The Caribbean Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) is also providing assistance in coordination of the emergency response efforts in these countries.
A list of assistance pledged or provided is attached.
A Needs List for Saint Kitts-Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda is attached.
External assistance is being solicited by St. Kitts-Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda.
The CDERA Coordinating Unit continues to monitor Hurricane Georges. The CDERA Coordinating Unit and the Regional Response Mechanism remains on full alert and standby. The Unit is continuing regular dialogue with the emergency and political officials in the affected States and continues to monitor the threat of Georges to other Participating States.
HURRICANE GEORGES - SUMMARY OF ASSISTANCE PLEDGED/PROVIDED
CDERA PARTICIPATING STATES
|CDERA Coordinating Unit||Support to EOC in St Kitts.
400 boxes plastic sheeting
Personnel assistance Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts-Nevis
Some already provided
|Barbados||480 boxes MREs
4 boxes plastic sheeting
|Guyana||Human and material assistance for the reconstruction/response efforts
Assistance in the restoration of power to Antigua and Barbuda.
|Jamaica||Technical personnel to assist Antigua and Barbuda.||Personnel deployed|
|Saint Lucia||Team of technicians to assist with restoration of power.||Engineer to do assess- ment dispatched|
|Montserrat||Helicopters from Bajan Helicopters to assist with the response efforts.||Being provided|
|Trinidad and Tobago||12 Technicians to support Antigua and Barbuda in the restoration of power.|
REGIONAL PRIVATE SECTOR AND NGOS
|Barbados Bottling Company||Twenty 55 gallon containers of drinking water||Dispatched|
|Pure Water Inc||20-40 Five gallon boxes of water|
|CARILEC||Assessment Team to assist with defining support to Nevis, Dutch St Maarten and Antigua and Barbuda|
FOREIGN (NON-CDERA) GOVERNMENTS
|British Government||Helicopters from Bajan Helicopters to assist with the response efforts||Being provided|
|UNDP||Personnel for assessment||Deployed|
|CIDA||Engineer for assessment||Deployed|
|FAO||Personnel for assessment||Deployed|
|PAHO||SUMA team to St Kitts-Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda to assist with relief supply management||Deployed|
|USAID||Three-man team to assist with assessment and satellite phone capability||Deployed|
Damage and Needs assessments are still being undertaken in the affected countries, however the following preliminary reports have been provided by National Disaster Offices in the Participating States.
Summary of Damage
Recovery/ Rehabilitation Needs
Detailed Immediate Needs List
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
|General||Chain Saws 25
Sleeping Mats 300
Plastic Sheeting 150 Boxes
Water Bladder 10
Blankets 200 Bales
5 Gals Water Bottles 150 Boxes
Rain Coats 150
First Aid Kits 20
Hard Hats 100
Free Chlorine Reagent
Chlorine Test Kits
Water Purification Tablets 10 Cases
Eye Drops (Sofradex or Equivalent)
Eye Ointment (Chloramphenicol)
Generators - 6kva 10
Water Gloves 50 Pairs Leather
Water Gloves 50 Pairs Rubbers
Water Boots 100
( Sizes: 9,10,11) 12 - 25 Pairs Each
Electricity Repair Crew
Public Heath Doctor/Epidermitologist
|Casualties||2 person dead, 2 injured|
|Health||Ward Mental Hospital significantly damaged. Annex buildings to Health center also damaged.||Construction materials for repair. Public Health Doctor and Epidermitologist|
|Housing||1650 dwellings adversely affected, 150 of these totally destroyed||Construction materials fro rebuilding and repair.|
|Electricity||Disrupted||Assistance for restoration|
|Telecommunications||Disrupted||Assistance for restoration|
|Education||3 schools damaged (1 extensively)||Materials for repair and reconstruction|
|Public Buildings||All Saints Police Station damaged||Materials for repair and reconstruction|
(roads, bridges etc)
|Roads blocked by falling trees and poles, efforts initiated to clear.|
|Air and Sea Ports||Airport runway initially blocked, now cleared and operating between 0600 to 1700 each day||Lighting system to be assessed to facilitate return to normal function|
|Businesses||15% reported minor damages|
|Casualties||1 person dead, 2 injured||Emergency sheltter material for 3,000 persons to include:
1. Bottled Water
2. 3000 Blankets
3. 130 (20' x 40') Tents
4. Plastic Sheeting
6. 12 Lines Crewmen to assist with reconstruction
|Health||Approx. damage estimated at US $4.5 million. JNF General Hospital extensively damaged. Only outpatient wing functional. The Pogson Hospital and the Mary Charles Hospital sustained roof loss. Health Centers also damaged|
|Housing||Damage estimated at US $1.5 million
80-85% affected, 20-25% of this completely destroyed
|Roofing and construction materials urgently needed.|
|Water||Approx. US $37,000 in damage.
Minor damage, some to transmission systems. Electrical supply to pumps to be restored in a few days.
|Electricity||Approx. US $4 million in damage.
Roof damage to plant. Building will need complete replacement. Water damage to generators. Several lines/poles down
|Building to be constructed.|
|Telecommunications||Approx. US $550,000 in damage.
Very little damage to main infrastructure. Main damage to transmission lines.
|Education||Damage estimated at US 6.4 million. All schools severely damaged. Sever roof, furniture and equipment loss.|
|Public Buildings||US $20.4 million estimated in damage.
All Police Stations suffered major damage. Defence Force loss to buildings and stocks, other Gov't buildings also damaged.
Football facility, Main cricktet pavilion, Carnival Village, Netball complex and other sporting facilities damaged.
(roads, bridges etc)
|Air and Sea Ports||Damage estimated at US $9.3 million
The main port at Basseterre suffered roof loss to two transit sheds resulting in cargo loss. Damage to equipment at berth negligible. At Port Zante, cat walks and two berthing platforms destroyed.
At airport, roof of control tower removed resulting in damages. Transit sheds, fire hall, maintenance sheds significantly damaged.
|Businesses||Approx. US $9.3 million in damage.
35% roof damage to commercial buildings island wide. 55% of industrial buildings damaged. Recovery time expected in 2 to 4 weeks.
|Agriculture||Approx. damage US $8.4 million.
50% loss of 1999 sugar harvest. Extensive damage to buildings.
Estimate of non sugar agric. Not available.
|Tourism||US $17 million in damage to buildings and support services. This includes loss of income for 2300 persons.
Two hotels can open in three weeks but most tourism plant expected to be closed for the next two months.
|General Economic Impact and Clean Up||Estimated at US $38.2 million|
|Estimated Cost of Damage||US $445 million
(This represents both direct and indirect losses)
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