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30 Dec 2008 description

Period covered by this Operations Update: 31 October to 30 December 2008.

Appeal target: CHF 1,513,927 CHF (USD 1,388,924 or EUR 970,466).

Appeal coverage: 85%;

Appeal history:

- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 24 October, 2008 for 1,110,911 CHF (USD 1,015,550 or EUR 707,586); for nine months to assist 30,000 beneficiaries.

- CHF 271,000 (USD 247,715 or EUR 172,611) has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 20 October 2008 to support the National Societies.

- CHF 119,300 (USD 109,049 or …

22 Dec 2008 description

GLIDE No. TC-2008-000078-BLZ

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies.

15 Dec 2008 description

By Rene Mendez

Government's humanitarian assistance to flood victims through NEMO continued this past weekend in the Orange Walk District.

Household items and construction material were distributed to people living in the villages on the Albion Island that includes San Roman, San Antonio and Santa Cruz Villages, in addition to Douglas Village.

NEMO commends the efforts of the Chairman and Vice Chairman of Douglas Village for the excellent community support that was displayed.

10 Dec 2008 description


04 Dec 2008 description

Families that were severely affected by recent flooding in three villages in the Belize River Valley Area will be getting additional assistance.

During ceremonies schedule for tomorrow morning at the Sand Hill Police Station, food hampers from Belize Natural Energy, BNE will be handed over to NEMO's Relief and Supplies Committee for distribution.

The hampers which contain food supplies for one week, will be distributed to 164 families in the Villages of Crooked Tree, Grace Bank/Davis Bank and Freetown Sibun.

Meanwhile, Government's disaster assistance through NEMO …

04 Dec 2008 description

The 2008 Hurricane Season officially closed on Sunday, 30 November 2008. Of the sixteen named tropical systems one impacted Belize directly; Topical Storm Arthur. This storm made its mark the day before the official start of the hurricane season. This system produced torrential rains across Belize for over three days, causing flooding over the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts initially and then life threatening floods along the North Stann Creek and Sittee Rivers. Unfortunately, five persons lost their lives in the Stann Creek Valley.

03 Dec 2008 description

By Caribbean Net News

Georgetown, Guyana, December 3, 2008 (Caribbean Net News) - Dr Edward Greene, Assistant Secretary-General of the CARICOM Secretariat told the opening ceremony of the 48th Session of the Caribbean Meteorological Council on Monday that it was necessary to re-position the Caribbean Meteorological Organisation (CMO) to address developmental concerns in the international environment.

He argued that for this to be done effectively, there should be close linkages with local and regional disaster management agencies and constant collaboration with other sectors of …

28 Nov 2008 description

The quarantine that was implemented in Douglas Village in the Orange Walk District due to the flood waters, which posed a serious health risk, resulted in the evacuation of the residents on the 4th of this month will be lifted tomorrow Saturday, November 29th 2008.

The clean- up of the entire village started earlier this week and work will continue well over this weekend so that the residents can re-occupy their homes by this coming Monday.

The sanitation work is being conducted by officials from the NEMO Orange Walk District Committee, Public Health Authorities, the Belize Defence …

18 Nov 2008 description

By Rene Mendez

Families affected by flooding as a result of the passage of Tropical Depression #16, are being further assisted.

Starting today, NEMO with the full support of Government, along with the Cayo Disaster Emergency Committee, have launched off the replacement of household items in the Cayo District.

Items that were distributed today to 25 families in Calla Creek and 9 families in Bullet Tree Falls Villages in the Cayo District include:

- Butane Stoves

- Gas Tanks

- Sofa Sets,

- Refrigerators and Mattresses.

In addition, houses that were affected by flood …

18 Nov 2008 description

USAID/OFDA ha apoyado a Honduras con cerca de $470.000 para la respuesta a las extensas inundaciones después de la Depresión Tropical N=FAmero Dieciséis en octubre.

Las inundaciones han afectado a más de 320.000 personas, la mayoría en las zonas del sur y del norte del país, que desplazaron a más de 70.000 pobladores, y causaron la muerte de 60 personas.

10 Nov 2008 description

This situation report is based on information received from, the UN Emergency Technical Team (UNETT) in the affected countries, the OCHA Regional Office in Panama and the National Hurricane Centre.


- The Flash Appeal for Honduras is only 10% funded. It is estimated that 110,000 children are in need of psychosocial support.

- In Guatemala, concerns exist over the magnitude of the disaster in El Peten following a mission to this departement.

- Overall, in Guatemala and Honduras, more assistance is needed, notably in the food sector.

07 Nov 2008 description


- Waters are receding slowly in all areas except along the Rio Hondo. In the Crooked Tree area, the causeway is under 5 feet of water and it is expected to remain under water for around three months. The population in the Crooked tree area is the main concern in terms of relief and supplies, as these populations have no access and need immediate supplies of food and, in particular, water.

06 Nov 2008 description

Data Elements: Tropical Storm Paloma is located over the Caribbean Sea. This system is moving toward the north-northwest near 7 MPH. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 MPH.

Observation Device: GOES-12 4 km infrared imagery.

Visualization Date: November 6, 2008 08:08:40

06 Nov 2008 description

This situation report is based on information received from, the UN Emergency Technical Team (UNETT) in the affected countries, the Regional Office in Panama, the UNDAC Team in Honduras and the National Hurricane Centre.


- Tropical Storm Paloma, previously Tropical Depression 17, has formed and affected new areas in Honduras. The number of persons affected has increased to almost 320,000. The Flash Appeal for Honduras is 8.8% funded and urgent support is needed to avert a further deterioration of the humanitarian situation.