Caribbean: Belize - Hurricane Iris OCHA Situation Report No. 10 and appeal

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 18 Oct 2001


Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2001/0215
OCHA Situation Report No. 10
Hurricane Iris - The Caribbean
Belize
18 October 2001


1. The United Nations International Appeal for Humanitarian Assistance and Initial Rehabilitation Activities Following Hurricane Iris was launched in Belize on 17 October 2001, by Mr. David Gibson, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and by representatives of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and of the United Nations agencies. Members of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team, deployed in Belize by OCHA, participated in the launching of the Appeal.

2. Category-four strength Hurricane Iris swept through the country on 8 October, swelling the sea and whipping up highly destructive 145 mph (233 km/h) winds. The hurricane took its highest toll on the poorest part of the country where in a matter of days it deprived many of the vulnerable Mayan and Garinagu families living in the districts of Toledo and Stann Creek of their traditional means of livelihood, their homes, schools and health centers. The official figures published by NEMO on 15 October testify to the following losses:

Dead
22
Houses damaged/destroyed
3,000
Public Buildings damaged
21
Schools damaged/destroyed
31
Farms damaged or destroyed
Over 12,000 acres of banana, rice, corn, cacao.
People evacuated during hurricane
11,380
Health centers/posts damaged
17
Population directly affected
21,568
Source: National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO)

Objectives of the Appeal

3. The objective of the Appeal is twofold:

  • To continue supporting national efforts in the provision of immediate humanitarian relief for the affected population, and

  • To support the national efforts of government and civil society in short-term mitigation and rehabilitation with special focus on (a) vulnerable populations facing extreme poverty and exposed to higher risks, and on (b) the reduction of conditions of marginality.

4. The projects proposed by the United Nations System target the most affected, and hence the most vulnerable families in the communities affected by the disaster. They take into consideration the emergency priorities of the Government of Belize and the information provided thus far by NEMO.

5. In order to support the rapid recovery of the economy in the affected areas, the projects will, to the extent possible, procure supplies, food and labor at the local level. The United Nations agencies will involve civil society organizations as key implementing counterparts. Strategic areas of responsibility for individual agencies have been selected according to the competence displayed in Cooperation Programmes carried out in past decades in Belize. The projects are also coordinated with non-UN agency projects, which have already been developed at national level.

Summary of the Appeal

6. The projects proposed in this Appeal will benefit some 20,000 persons through specific assistance programmes. A total of USD 1,415,000 is requested. These funds are needed immediately to provide food, water, health services, sanitation, housing, education and protection to the affected population. They also aim to rehabilitate and reactivate basic social infrastructure such as schools, health centers/posts, community centers and shelters, and to provide technical assistance for the recovery of the agricultural, livestock, fishing and tourism sectors.

7. Requirements by UN Agencies

UN Agency
Amount (in USD)
UNICEF
300,000
PAHO/WHO
330,000
UNDP
510,000
WFP
200,000
UNV
75,000
Total
1,415,000

8. Requirements by Sector

Sector
Agency
Amount (in USD)
Shelter
UNDP
120,000
Education
UNICEF
170,000
Food Aid
WFP
UNICEF
200,000
20,000
Child Protection
UNICEF
75,000
Health / Water and Sanitation
PAHO/ WHO
UNICEF
330,000
35,000
Income-Generating Activities
UNDP

Agriculture

150,000
Fisheries

100,000
Small Tourism Enterprises

80,000
Disaster Management
UNDP and PAHO/WHO
60,000
Local Human Resources
UNV
75,000
Total

1,415,000

9. The whole text of this Appeal is posted on the ReliefWeb, at www.reliefweb.int

10. Contact List

Agency
Contact point
UNICEF
  • Nils Kastberg - Director of Emergency Operations New York
    nkastberg@unicef.org
    Telephone: (212) 326 7222
  • Miguel Ugalde - UNICEF Belize
    mugalde@unicef.org
    Telephone: (501) 8 20 104 / 8 20 105
PAHO/WHO
  • Dra. Graciela Uriburu - Representative in Belize
    guriburu@blz.paho.org
    Telephone: (501) 2 44885/ 2 44852
UNDP
  • Bruno Moro - UN Resident Coordinator: UNDP Belize and El Salvador
    bruno.moro@undp.org
    Telephone: (503) 263 0066
  • Consuelo Vidal - Deputy Resident Representative: UNDP Belize and El Salvador
    consuelo.vidal@undp.org
    Telephone: (503) 263 0066
  • Dylan Vernon - Assistant Representative: UNDP Belize
    dylan.vernon@undp.org
    Telephone: (501) 822688
WFP
  • Judith Thimke - Emergency Coordination Officer
    WFP Regional Bureau
    judith.timke@wfp.org
UNV
  • Cristina Herrero - Programme Officer
    cristina.herrero@undp.org
    Telephone: (503) 263 0066 ext 260

11. Information on contributions to this disaster may be found by clicking on Financial Tracking on the OCHA Internet Website, www.reliefweb.int.

12. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, on relief missions/pledges/contributions and their corresponding values by item. Donors are encouraged to notify OCHA Geneva of their contributions to this disaster using the OCHA Standardised Contributions Recording Format, available electronically on OCHA Internet Website at www.reliefweb.int.

13. OCHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions to be used for immediate relief assistance, in coordination/consultation with relevant organizations in the United Nations system. OCHA provides donors with written confirmation and pertinent details concerning the utilization of the funds contributed. Funds should be transferred to:

Bank name: Chase Manhattan Bank, NY

Address:
International Agencies Branch
1166, Avenue of Americas, 17th floor
New York, NY 10036-2708 USA

A/C name: United Nations Geneva General Fund

A/C: 485-001802

ABA Code: 021000021 (US Banking Code)

Swift Code: CHASU33

Reference: OCHA - Belize - Hurricane Iris

14. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int.

CONTACTS

Telephone: +41-22-917 12 34
In case of emergency only: Tel. +41-22-917 20 10
Fax: +41-22-917 00 23
E-mail: ochagva@un.org

Desk Officers:
OCHA Response Coordination Branch:
Mr. E. Haegglund / Ms. M. Kondo
Direct Tel. +41-22-917 32 99 / 1997

Press Contact:
Ms. E. Byrs, Direct Tel. +41-22-917 2653 (Geneva)
Ms. Phyllis Lee, Tel:+1-212- 963 4832 (New York)

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