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The Caribbean has been buffeted by an exceptional number of intense storms and hurricanes this year. In the space of just a few days, Hurricane Irma has been followed by Hurricanes José and Maria, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. Hurricane Irma formed near Cabo Verde towards the end of August and, according to the US National Hurricane Center, was the strongest hurricane on record to form in the Atlantic Ocean.
A UK-funded PAHO project will make safer and greener health facilities in Dominica, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia to deliver care in disasters.
Four persons confirmed dead and 241 others were reported injured. Reports are coming in about primary care centres, hospitals, infirmaries, children's homes and shelters islandwide report relating a picture of widespread damage in the southern and south eastern region mainly.
Jamaica has 346 health centres and 23 public hospitals islandwide, and contact has not been possible with several of these. Various health centres suffered considerable damage and others are now only partially functioning because of lack of water, electricity and other necessities.
REF: 22/08/07 - TC/2007/000135/10
Message: CDERA's Regional Response Mechanism is "Stood Down"
Update August 22, 2007, 7.00 pm EDT
The Event: Hurricane Dean impacted several of CDERA Participating States during the period Friday August 17- Tuesday August 21. Dean's passage through the Eastern Caribbean was as a Category 2 Hurricane, strengthening to a Category 4 as it moved across southern Jamaica and reaching the level of Category 5 as it impacted Belize.
By Tim Ledwith
NEW YORK, USA, 21 August 2007 - UNICEF and its humanitarian partners in the Caribbean region are taking action to protect children and families from the effects of Hurricane Dean, as Jamaica picks up the pieces from a battering it took on Sunday and Mexico feels Dean's fierce impact today.
The hurricane, which had intensified into a Category 5 storm, struck the Yucatan peninsula near the city of Chetumal early this morning, local time.
REF: 21/08/07 – TC/2007/000135/11
Message: CDERA Mounts Level Two Response to Hurricane Dean Impact
Update August 21, 2007, 4.00 pm EDT
The Event: Hurricane Dean impacted several of CDERA Participating States during the period Friday August 17- Tuesday August 21. Dean's passage through the Eastern Caribbean was as a Category 2 Hurricane, strengthening to a Category 4 as it moved across Jamaica and reaching the level of Category 5 as it impacted Belize.
Six deaths have been caused by Hurricane Dean in the CDERA Participating States.
This report updates the PAHO/WHO report of 19 August. For countries not mentioned in this update, please refer to yesterday's report, using the links shown.
Hurricane Dean made landfall in Jamaica as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday, 19 August, and on Monday morning, a PAHO/WHO team began an initial assessment of the storm's effects.
This situation report is based on information from hurricane watch centres, UN Agencies, Regional OCHA Office in Panama and CDERA (Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency)
Hurricane Dean has been upgraded to a category 5 as it is expected to make landfall on the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico, very early Tuesday morning.
Hurricane warnings are in effect for the east coast of Central America from the border of Guatemala and Belize.
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