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21 Dec 2011 description

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).

16 Dec 2011 description

El Banco Mundial y el Centro de Coordinación para la Prevención de Desastres Naturales en América Central (CEPREDENAC) firmaron hoy dos convenios de cooperación por más de un millón de dólares para continuar apoyando los avances en la implementación de la Política Centroamericana de Gestión Integral del Riesgo a Desastres (PCGIR).

13 Dec 2011 description
  1. Americas Zone Mission

The mission of the Americas Zone is to support Americas National Societies to increase humanitarian and development standards, helping them to remain relevant within their country and sustainable and accountable for their actions, guided by the implementation of Strategy 2020.

22 Nov 2011 description

This report covers the period 01 January 2011 to 30 June 2011.

In brief

Programme outcome: the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies‘ secretariat (IFRC) is committed to supporting the National Societies to do more, do better and reach further in order to address the humanitarian challenges faced by the Red Cross Societies in the Americas. The support provided by the IFRC‘s Americas zone office focuses on mainstreaming compliance with the Inter-American Plan and working towards full alignment with the IFRC‘s Strategy 2020.

19 Nov 2011 description

The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, includ-ing droughts, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. At times, El Niño meteorological events and poor land use management exacerbate the effects of potential hazards. Several countries in the re-gion also remain vulnerable to civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts. Between Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 and FY 2011, USAID’s Office of U.S.

10 Nov 2011 description

By Dizery Salim

GENEVA, 10 November 2011 – Eighteen countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have agreed to tighten up on school safety while also integrating disaster risk reduction into the school curriculum, following high-level talks on education in Panama City.

26 Oct 2011 description

Summary – Hurricane Rina

Rina is expected to reach the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico by Thursday as a category 1 hurricane.
Strong winds are anticipated in the northeast coast of the peninsula from north of Punta Gruesa to San Felipe, producing 8 to 16 inches of rain. A hazardous storm surge may raise water levels by 2 to 4 feet above normal tide in the coast. High winds will also likely affect the northern coast of Belize, including Belize City, and the Honduran Bay islands of Roatan and Guanaja.

Mexico

26 Oct 2011 description

25 de octubre de 2011.

Este día se celebró una Reunión Extraordinaria de Presidentes del SICA en el Aeropuerto Internacional de Comalapa, en El Salvador, dedicada a examinar el recuento de daños y pérdidas causados por la Depresión Tropical 12-E, así como concertar algunas gestiones en el sentido de constituir un Grupo Consultivo para la Reconstrucción de los países de la región, que se celebraría en el marco de la XXXVIII Reunión Cumbre del SICA el próximo 16 de diciembre en San Salvador, El Salvador.

25 Oct 2011 description
report UN News Service

25 October 2011 – United Nations aid agencies are ramping up their efforts to provide shelter, food and health care to El Salvador, which is facing one of the greatest disasters in its history as heavy rains continue to cause severe flooding across Central America.

16 Oct 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

Panamá 17 de octubre, 2011 - En el marco de la Conferencia Internacional para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres en el sector Educativo en Latinoamérica y el Caribe, se firmó la “Declaración de Panamá sobre la reducción del riesgo de desastres en el sector educativo de América Latina y el Caribe”. La declaración fue firmada por los Ministros de Educación de: Belice, Ecuador, Venezuela y Guatemala y los delegados de los Ministros de Educación de : Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, México, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Republica Dominicana, St.

07 Oct 2011 description

This report covers the period 01 January 2011 to 30 June 2011.

In brief

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) vision is to inspire, encourage, facilitate and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies, with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering, and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world. The IFRC’s work is guided by Strategy 2020 which puts forward three strategic aims:

07 Oct 2011 description

La problemática del agua y la importancia de dotar a toda la población de este vital recurso, así como la seguridad social y la compra de medicamentos, fueron algunos de los temas tratados durante la reunión del sector salud de Centroamérica y República Dominicana (RESSCAD).

El ministro de Salud, Franklin Vergara, quien presidió esta XXVII reunión, como país anfitrión y que mantiene la presidencia Pro Tempore, explicó que Panamá esta muy bien desde el punto de vista de la salud pública, por el control y manejo que se tiene en cuanto a las enfermedades contagiosas.

09 Sep 2011 description

Project to rehabilitate and improve drainage and urban road networks

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a $10 million loan to rehabilitate and improve drainage and road infrastructure in Belize City. Additional funding is to be provided by the Government of Belize.

22 Aug 2011 description

Message: Tropical Storm Harvey has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression as it leaves Belize and moves across southern Yucatan. Tropical Storm Irene passes south of Saint Kitts and Nevis, threatens the Lesser Antilles as it moves towards Haiti (Hispaniola).

Event

21 Aug 2011 description

By NEMO Infornation Unit

Aug 20, 2011, 05:30 pm

National Emergency Management Organization

“Preserving Life and Property”

DATE: Saturday, 20th August 2011 TIME: 05:30 pm

NEMO PRESS RELEASE #5

“All Clear has been declared”

At 5:00 p.m. NEMO declared the “All Clear” for Belize. The public is advised to be on the alert for flash flooding particularly people living near to rivers and low lying areas must remain vigilant and alert. Sittee River is below low lying bridge and rising.

21 Aug 2011 description

Message: The centre of Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall near the Town of Dangriga at approximately 12:00 p.m. local time (2:00 p.m. EST), with maximum winds of around 60 mph. All clear declared at 5.00pm local time.

Event

Tropical Storm Harvey passed over southern Belize on Saturday, August 20, 2011 with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph with higher gusts. The centre of the storm passed just north of the town of Dangriga and moved inland over the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts.

21 Aug 2011 description
  • Northwestward path over Caribbean could threaten Florida

  • Caribbean islands issue tropical storm warnings

  • Harvey over northern Guatemala, seen weakening (Updates position of Irene, adds Harvey weakening)

MIAMI, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Irene formed east of the Leeward Islands on Saturday and was expected to become a hurricane in the next two days heading on a northwestward track through the Caribbean that may threaten Florida.

20 Aug 2011 description

By NEMO Infornation Unit Aug 19, 2011, 12:00 pm

National Emergency Management Organization “Preserving Life and Property” DATE: Friday, 19th August 2011 TIME: 12:00 noon

NEMO PRESS RELEASE #3