Jamaica Floods Jun 1986 UNDRO Situation Reports 1 - 4

Report
from UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 09 Jun 1986


UNDRO 86/1387

JAMAICA - FLOODS
UNDRO SITUATION REPORT NO. 1
9 JUNE 1986

1. SITUATION

FURTHER TO UNDRO'S INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1, UNDRO/UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE ON 8/6/86 REPORTED THAT MORE THAN 50 INCHES RAIN FELL OVER MOST SOUTHERN PARISHES. RESULTING FLOODING AND LANDSLIDES HAVE DAMAGED HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE AND AGRICULTURE. 13 DEAD, OVER 3,000 PERSONS EVACUATED, EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO ROADS AND BRIDGES, AT LEAST 4,000 ACRES PRIME AGRICULTURAL LAND INUNDATED AND EXTENSIVE CROP DAMAGE. DAMAGE ASSESSMENT INCOMPLETE AS MANY ACRES STILL INUNDATED OR INACCESSIBLE DUE LANDSLIDES. SHELTERS OPENED FOR OVER 3,000 PERSONS. RESCUE AND RELIEF OPERATIONS STILL ONGOING. DEBRIS CLEARANCE, EMERGENCY ROAD AND BRIDGE REPAIRS CARRIED OUT AS APPROPRIATE. POPULATION IN SHELTERS HAS
BEEN FED JOINTLY BY GOVT AND PRIVATE SECTOR. IN RESPONSE TO SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN RIO MINHO AND WESTMORELAND, JOINT CIVILIAN/MILITARY COMMAND AND COORDINATING ARRANGEMENTS BEING ESTABLISHED THESE AREAS TO ENSURE EFFECTIVE EMERGENCY RELIEF.

GOVT OF JAMAICA HAS APPEALED TO INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY FOR ASSISTANCE. UNDRO IS SENDING A REPRESENTATIVE TO JAMAICA.

2. RELIEF NEEDS

IMMEDIATE NEEDS ARE FOOD, BEDDING, SHELTER SUPPLIES, EMERGENCY PLANTING MATERIALS (INCLUDING CHEMICALS), BUILDING REPAIRS. SEVERAL ITEMS LOCALLY AVAILABLE. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT WITHIN 72 HOURS A DETAILED LIST OF NEEDS WILL BE PREPARED FOLLOWING RECESSION OF SOME FLOOD WATER AND OPENING UP OF AREAS CUT OFF BY LANDSLIDES.

3. INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE - US DLRS

- US EMBASSY: CASH GRANT - 25,000

4. DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM UNDRO DIRECTLY, PREFERABLY BY TELEX (28148 UNDR CH) OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND CORRESPONDING VALUE.

ESSAAFI UNDRO GENEVA 28148 +


UNDRO 86/1437

JAMAICA - FLOODS
UNDRO SITUATION REPORT NO. 2
13 JUNE 1986

SITUATION

1. UNDRO/UNDP RESIDENT REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS FLOODS SERIOUSLY AFFECTED 40,000 PERSONS AND 2,000 PERSONS IN EMERGENCY SHELTERS. DEATH TOLL CURRENTLY 50.

2. PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF DAMAGE TO AGRICULTURE US DLRS 23 MILLION AND UTILITIES 1.65 MILLION. CLARENDON, MAJOR AGRICULTURAL AREA, WORST HIT.

3. DAMAGE TO ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE, PUBLIC UTILITIES AND PRIVATE HOUSES STILL BEING ASSESSED.

4. IMMEDIATE HEALTH DANGERS ARE CONTAMINATED WATER AND DECAYED LIVESTOCK.

NATIONAL RESPONSE

5. MINISTRY OF EDUCATION PROVIDING NUTRITION PRODUCTS TO PEOPLE IN SHELTERS. MINISTRY OF SOCIAL SECURITY PROVIDING RELIEF AND ASSISTANCE IN THE FORM OF FOOD AND BEDDING. MINISTRY OF CONSTRUCTION PROVIDING VEHICLES AND HEAVY EQUIPMENT FOR ROAD AND BRIDGE REPAIR. JAMAICA DEFENCE FORCE PROVIDING AIR AND GROUND TRANSPORT.

6. INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

- UNDRO DELEGATE ARRIVED KINGSTON 11 JUNE TO ASSIST IN DAMAGE ASSESSMENT AND RELIEF COORDINATION.
- WHO TEAM ASSESSING HEALTH SITUATION.
- UK GOVT ASSISTING IN RESCUE/RELIEF TRANSPORT AND RESTORATION ESSENTIAL SERVICES.
- US GOVT PROVIDING TEAM OF FLOOD EXPERTS.
- RED CROSS, SALVATION ARMY AND SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH WASHINGTON ASSISTING IN RESCUE/RELIEF OPERATIONS.

CONTRIBUTIONS: (SINCE SITREP NO. 1, DATED 9 JUNE 1986)

7. UN SYSTEM:

US DLRS
UNDP
CASH
50,000
UNDRO
CASH FOR LOCAL PURCHASE OF CHEMICALS
5,000

8. GOVERNMENTS:

CANADA
FOOD, BLANKETS AND EXTERNAL TRANSPORT,
VALUE CDN.DLRS 150,000
109,490
GERMANY, FED REP
CASH FOR LOCAL PURCHASE RELIEF GOODS, VALUE DM 50,000
21,740
UNITED KINGDOM
3 HELICOPTERS FOR LOCAL TRANSPORT, MEDICAMENTS, VALUE PDS.STERLING 200,000
299,850
USA
MEDICAL AND OTHER EMERGENCY SUPPLIES, SERVICES OF A TEAM
(++)

(++) - VALUE NOT REPORTED TO UNDRO.

9. DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM UNDRO DIRECTLY, PREFERABLY BY TELEX (28148 UNDR CH), OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND VALUE.

ESSAAFI UNDRO GENEVA 28148 +

DPR 310 JAM'86(1)


UNDRO 86/1466

JAMAICA - FLOODS
UNDRO SITUATION REPORT NO. 3
18 JUNE 1986

SITUATION

1. RAIN HAS CEASED AND WATER SUBSIDED IN MOST AREAS. FOOD SUPPLY GENERALLY ADEQUATE BUT SOME AREAS NEED HELP IN TRANSPORT. ABOUT 40,000 PEOPLE RECEIVING FOOD DAILY. UNDRO DELEGATE HAD MEETINGS WITH GOVT AUTHORITIES, NGOS AND CARRIED SURVEY IN MOST AFFECTED AREAS.

2. FLOODING HAS CAUSED DISRUPTION OF SEWERS AND CONTAMINATION AND OTHER ADVERSE EFFECTS TO MAJORITY OF COMMUNITY WATER SUPPLIES IN 8 0F 14 PARISHES IN JAMAICA. POTENTIAL THREAT OF VECTOR-BORNE DISEASES. IN CLARENDON AREA CASES OF DIARRHOEA, SKIN RASHES, SCABIES AND FUNGAL INFECTIONS. GENERAL NEED FOR SURVEILLANCE REPAIR, DECONTAMINATION OF SYSTEM AS WELL AS PROVISION OF EMERGENCY DISINFECTION MEASURES.

3. HEAVY DAMAGE TO ROAD SYSTEM AND GOVT BUILDINGS (MAINLY ROOFS) REPORTED BY MINISTRY OF WORKS. IN HEALTH SECTOR 14 HOSPITALS, 12 HEALTH CENTRES AND 4 PARISH HEALTH OFFICES SEVERELY AFFECTED.

4. ACCORDING DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN GOVT, PAHO AND UNDRO REPRESENTATIVES, FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES TO CARRY OUT AN EFFECTIVE PROGRAMME ARE LACKING AND URGENTLY NEEDED.

ITEM
ESTIMATED COST (US DLRS)
AAA) 24 CHLORINE TEST KITS
2,400
BBB) REAGENTS FOR 7,500 CHLORINE TESTS
1,000
CCC) 2,000 MEMBRANES FOR BACTERIOLOGICAL TESTING OF WATER SUPPLIES
1,500
DDD) CULTURE MEDIA FOR MEMBRANE TESTS
500
EEE) 200 MILLILITER (4OZ) GLASS SAMPLE BOTTLES - 576 EACH
1,200
FFF) TWO ELECTRONICALLY AMPLIFIED WATER LEAK DETECTORS
5,000
GGG) TWO TANK TOP CHLORINATORS
3,000
HHH) FOUR COLLAPSIBLE WATER TANKS - 600 GAL
6,000
TOTAL
20,600

5. DUE EXPECTED LARGE INCREASE MOSQUITO POPULATIONS AND POTENTIAL THREAT VECTOR-BORNE DISEASES AND TO STRENGTHEN CAPACITY TO DEAL WITH LONG-TERM IMPLICATIONS PRESENT DISASTER, FOLLOWING IS NEEDED:

AAA) INSECTICIDE MALATHIAN - 20 - 55 GAL
3,000
BBB) ULV REPAIRS TO EXISTING EQUIPMENT
10,000
CCC) SWING FOG MACHINE - 25 EACH
20,000
DDD) VEHICLES (LANDROVER)
30,000
TOTAL
63,000

6. SURVEILLANCE CAPACITY TO MONITOR DISEASE PROBLEMS (DENGUE, SKIN AND EYE INFECTIONS, WATER-BORNE ILLNESSES) WILL NECESSITATE IMPROVEMENT EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND ADDITIONAL MEDICAL SUPPLIES.

AAA) VHF BASE STATION - 25 WATT 12 CHANNEL
7 EACH
BBB) MOBILE RADIOS - 40 WATT 16 CHANNEL
20 EACH
CCC) PORTABLE RADIOS - 5 WATT 3 CHANNEL
20 EACH
DDD) STRETCHERS
50 EACH
EEE) TETRACYCLINE SKIN OINTMENT OR ANY BROAD SPECTRUM ANTIBIOTIC
2,000 TUBES
FFF) TETRACYCLINE EYE OINTMENT OR ANY BSA
2,000 TUBES

7. NATIONAL RESPONSE

- DAILY CO-ORDINATION MEETING AT OFFICE OF DISASTER PREPAREDNESS. ODP ALSO FULLY ENGAGED IN ORGANIZING RELIEF WITH HELP OF LOCAL DISASTER COMMITTEES.

- 1,100 PERSONS FROM MINISTRY OF WORKS ENGAGED IN REHABILITATION.

- ASSISTANCE GIVEN BY BAUXITE COMPANIES IN CLEARING ROADS.

- JAMAICA RED CROSS AND SALVATION ARMY DISTRIBUTING FOOD.

- JAMAICA RED CROSS RECEIVED LOCAL DONATIONS IN CASH AND FOOD FROM GOVT, NATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK AND FROM PRIVATE SECTOR.

8. INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

- PAHO TEAM DETERMINED MEDICAL NEEDS.

- LRCS REPORTED ON INTERNATIONAL AID IN CASH, FOOD, CLOTHING AND OTHER RELIEF MATERIAL.

CONTRIBUTIONS: (SINCE SITREP NO. 2 DATED 13 JUNE 1986)

9. UN SYSTEM - US DLRS

- PAHO: SERVICES (TEAM OF 6 PROFESSIONALS), WATER SUPPLY EQUIPMENT - 10,000

10. IGO

- EEC: CASH 400,000 ECUS - 376,300

11. DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM UNDRO DIRECTLY, PREFERABLY BY TELEX (28148 UNDR CH), OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND VALUE.

ESSAAFI UNDRO GENEVA 28148 +

(DPR 310 JAM'86(1))


UNDRO 86/1516

JAMAICA - FLOODS
UNDRO SITUATION REPORT NO. 4
26 JUNE 1986

SITUATION

1. RECENT FLOODING CAUSED EXTENSIVE DESTRUCTION AGRICULTURE AND LIVESTOCK AFFECTING ANIMAL/HUMAN HEALTH ESPECIALLY IN CLAREDON. DEAD ANIMALS MUST BE DISPOSED OF BY SPECIAL SANITARY METHOD TO PREVENT CONTAMINATION FOOD/WATER SUPPLIES. NEED FOR SUVEILLANCE/PREVENTION OUTBREAK FOOD-BORNE AND OTHER ANIMAL DISEASES TRANSMISSIBLE TO HUMANS, SUCH AS LEPTOSPIROSIS, SALMONELLOIS, TETANUS, DERMATITIS, ETC. PREVENTION EPIDEMIC ANIMAL DISEASES SUCH AS BLACKLEG ALSO NECESSARY.

REQUIREMENTS

2. AFTER CONSULTATION PAHO/WHO FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL GOVT REQUIREMENTS URGENTLY NEEDED FOR EFFECTIVE RELIEF/REHABILITATION PROGRAMME:

- ANTIBIOTICS AND OTHER INJECTABLE DRUGS
- DE WORMING PREPARATIONS
- SYRINGES 5-10 CC, NEEDLES AND IV SOLUTIONS
- RAINGEAR (100)
- SPRAYERS, RODENTICIDES
- MISCELLANEOUS

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES VALUED AT APPROX. US DLRS 10,000. DETAILED LIST AVAILABLE ON REQUEST FROM UNDRO OR PAHO/WHO.

CONTRIBUTIONS: (SINCE SITREP NO. 3 OF 18 JUNE)

3. GOVERNMENTS: - US DLRS

- BARBADOS: 5 SWING FOGGING SPRAYERS FOR VECTOR CONTROL - 5,000

- CANADA: CDN DLRS 45,000 TO PAHO FOR REPAIR/DECONTAMINATION WATER SYSTEM - 32,846

4. NGO:

- BRITISH RED CROSS: UK PDS. STERLING 2,000 TO JAMAICAN RED CROSS - 2,998

5. DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM UNDRO DIRECTLY, PREFERABLY BY TELEX (28148 UNDR CH), OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND VALUE.

ESSAAFI UNDRO GENEVA 28148 +


(DPR 310 JAM '86 (1))