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04 May 2017 description

Drought. Disease. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. More than 10.6 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean were affected by these disasters in 2016.

Each emergency presented its own set of challenges, whether it was addressing affected livelihoods, the safety of families forced to flee from violence, the growing risk of vector-borne diseases or the sheer scale of major disasters such as the earthquake in Ecuador (April 2016) and Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean (October 2016).

19 Sep 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 8.2 million people affected by disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean from January to August 2016.

  • In the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA), ongoing and widespread violence perpetrated by criminal groups or gangs is one of the main causes that people seek protection.

  • Since late 2015, the drought in Bolivia has continued through the dry season (May to October) and spread to the east and south of the country, affecting more than 740,000 people.

16 Aug 2016 description

PERU: On 14 August, a 5.4 earthquake shook department of Arequipa, killing four people.Some 1,564 families are affected, 1,074 houses are inhabitable and 383 houses have collapsed. National and regional authorities are assisting affected people. The Government declared a 60-day state of emergency for seven districts in the province Arequipean province of Caylloma.

10 Aug 2016 description

MEXICO

Puebla:

  • 33 people dead

  • 500 people in shelters - Damages to infrastructure such as bridges, roads, schools and houses, people are in cut-off areas.

  • The Damage Assessment Committee is activated.

  • The Federal Government has declared a state of emergency in 3 municipalities (Huauchinango, Tlaoala and Xicotepec) and Emergency Funding (FONDEN) is activated.

09 Aug 2016 description

HURRICANE EARL BELIZE

Earl touched ground as a Category 1 hurricane on Thursday, 04 August.
Authorities distributed packages with food and water to the people affected, and also opened emergency shelters. Some 2,500 people were located in 94 emergency shelters, 164 are still sheltered. Earl affected 1,046 people in the departments of Quiché and Petén. 162 houses were reported with damages, and classes were suspended in the affected departments.

GUATEMALA

05 Aug 2016 description

The path of the hurricane Earl and its effect on Central America as of 4 august.

In Belize: Over 1000 people are displaced in 13 shelters in Belize City. 550 children are affected; Most of the country (except the North) has electricity shortages; Initial reports indicate that Belize City has extensive flooding and may have structural damage, especially to low-income wooden housing neighbourhoods; The Philip Goldson International airport remains closed.

07 Aug 2012 description

HIGHLIGHTS:

 CENTRAL AMERICA: Nicaragua evacuated 1,500 people as a preventive measure due to Tropical Storm Ernesto.

 COLOMBIA: Some 15,000 families have been affected by floods. At least 220 families are in shelters.

21 Apr 2011 description

What is UNDAC?
The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) is part of the international emergency response system for sudden-onset emergencies.
UNDAC was created in 1993. It is designed to help the United Nations and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency. UNDAC also assists in the coordination of incoming international relief at national level and/or at the site of the emergency.

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01 Nov 2010 description

HIGHLIGHTS:

h CARIBBEAN: Tropical Storm Tomas causes damages in the Caribbean. Haiti is preparing for possible impact.

h NICARAGUA: Rains continue to affect the country; cases of leptospirosis throughout the country except in the RASS.

h HAITI: Efforts to detain the cholera epidemic continue.

25 Oct 2010 description

HIGHLIGHTS:

-  HAITI: More than 3 thousand people affected by cholera, 250 dead.

-  NICARAGUA: Increase in the cases of leptospirosis. 58 per cent are in León.

-  BELIZE, HONDURAS and MEXICO: Hurricane Richard causes damages in Belize and Honduras and Mexico is on alert.

-  PERU: Flooding in Cusco affects 120 families.

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

- 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.

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

- 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.

04 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.

HIGHLIGHTS

- In Honduras, the situation remains fragile, as new areas are affected by rains, increasing the risk of further floods and landslides. The Flash Appeal for Honduras is only 8% funded.

03 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.

HIGHLIGHTS

- On 3 November, the Vice President of Guatemala has requested international assistance to respond to the floods that have affected more than 100,000 people in 27 municipalities.

- A Flash Appeal for Honduras was issued requesting around USD 17 million to assist the victims of the floods and landslides.