A large-scale tsunami response exercise will take place in the Caribbean on 25 March. The purpose of this exercise is to test the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, established in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). It is designed to evaluate the response capacity of Caribbean countries and adjacent regions* in the event of a dangerous tsunami. The organizers** of the test have prepared two scenarii.
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Working environment The intensification of several humanitarian crises in Africa and in the Middle East is keeping global resettlement needs high. Thanks to the generosity of countries such as the United States and Canada, which have large resettlement programmes, many vulnerable refugees are able to find a solution to their plight.
Source: Reuters - Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:37 GMT
By Barbara Liston
Oct 23 (Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo caused between $200 million and $400 million in insured losses over the weekend on Bermuda, according to an estimate by AIR Worldwide, a Boston-based catastrophe modeling company.
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People on the Hawaiian Islands are preparing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Ana and the American Red Cross is opening evacuation shelters later today to provide a safe refuge for people as the storm hits the islands.
Governor Neil Abercrombie has declared an emergency for the entire state. The storm could bring up to 15 inches of rain to the Aloha State which may lead to flash flooding and mudslides. Large surf swells may cause damage to shorelines throughout the state.
Hamilton, Bermuda | AFP | Sunday 10/19/2014 - 04:41 GMT
Bermuda residents spoke of their relief and began a major clear-up Saturday after Hurricane Gonzalo spared the Atlantic archipelago from catastrophic damage, despite scoring a direct hit.
Gonzalo slammed into Bermuda as a strong category two storm on Friday, knocking down trees, damaging a hospital and cutting power to most of the island's 65,000 residents.
"All in all, we came out of this storm much better than we expected," Bermuda's Premier Michael Dunkley said in a broadcast.
Hamilton, Bermuda | AFP | Friday 10/17/2014 - 16:48 GMT
by Diego URDANETA
The resort island chain of Bermuda braced Friday for a hit from Hurricane Gonzalo, forecast to produce flooding, strong winds and a life-threatening storm surge.
The capital Hamilton was eerily quiet as people retreated to the safety of their homes.
Schools, businesses, grocery stores and government offices all closed early Thursday, and many people boarded up the windows of their homes and placed sandbags outside in preparation of potential landfall in the evening.
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.
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.
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.
In the early afternoon on August 27, 2014, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this natural-color image of Hurricane Cristobal. At the time, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 70 knots (80 miles per hour), making it a category 1 hurricane.
Read more about Cristobal on the NASA Hurricane Page.
08/26/2014 22:58 GMT
MIAMI, August 26, 2014 (AFP) - Strengthening Hurricane Cristobal killed at least four people in the Caribbean and then trained its deadly sights Tuesday on the holiday paradise of Bermuda, officials and meteorologists said.
The storm dumped torrential rain on the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Islands and Dominican Republic, triggering flooding and killing four people, authorities there said.
This report, for the period 1 June – 30 November 2013, is for the first two quarters of the 2013/2014 fiscal and policy year for CCRIF. It is designed to provide an update on progress during this six-month period towards achievement of CCRIF’s Strategic Objectives (see Figure 1) as defined in the CCRIF Strategic Plan 2012/2013 – 2014/2015. In providing this progress update, this report also illustrates how the Facility upholds its customer values.
The report presents:
Over 44,000 people from 30 Members States and 15 of the territories* in the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions participated in the second full scale regional tsunami exercise held on March 20, 2013.
Thirty-two countries* will participate in a full-scale tsunami alert exercise in the Caribbean on 20 March 2013. The goal is to test the reaction capacity in countries of the Caribbean and adjacent regions, including the East Coast of Canada and the United States, the Gulf of Mexico and Bermuda. The exercise was organized under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).
By David Singh
GENEVA, 15 June 2012 - As the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season kicks off, all 16 member governments of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) have committed for the sixth year in a row to renew their hurricane and earthquake insurance for 2012-2013 and earned themselves a 25% premium rebate.
This report, for the period 1 September – 30 November 2011, is the second quarterly report in the 2011/2012 fiscal and policy year for CCRIF. It is designed to provide an update on progress during this quarter towards achievement of CCRIF’s Strategic Objectives (see Figure 1) as defined in the CCRIF Strategic Plan 2009/2010 – 2011/2012. In providing this progress update, this quarterly report also illustrates how the Facility upholds its customer values.
The report presents:
Natural disasters in the American continent
In the last decade, the American continent suffered from 922 natural disasters, killing more than 247 thousand people, affecting over 82 million others and causing at least US$ 487 billion of economic damages. The Americas were the second most affected continent by natural disasters, after Asia, in terms of disaster occurrence and people killed. However the Americas took the largest share of economic damages during the decade (46% of worldwide damages).
Una Onda del Este casi estacionaria en el Caribe de Guatemala continúa generando abundante entrada de humedad al territorio nacional, generando nublados parciales a totales, con lluvias moderadas a fuertes en regiones del Norte y Centro del país, de acuerdo con la información del servicio meteorológico del Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología –INSIVUMEH-, en su boletín meteorológico especial No. 41-2011.
El monitoreo al desplazamiento y desarrollo de la Tormenta Tropical Nate se mantiene en el océano Atlántico, fenómeno que se ubica a 225 kilómetros de Campeche y a 505 kilómetros de Tuxpan, México, con vientos máximos sostenidos de 100 kilómetros por hora, según la información del Centro Nacional de Huracanes de Estados Unidos –CNH-.
Department of Parks advises of dangerous waves and rip currents on South Shore beaches
The Bermuda Weather Service (BWS) advised that as of the 11:30 am forecast Bermuda is now under Tropical Storm Watch.
After consultation with the National Hurricane Centre (NHC), the BWS has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Bermuda and the surrounding Marine Area due to the NHC forecast for Hurricane Katia.