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31 Aug 2007 description

Hurricane Dean, the first hurricane of this year's Atlantic storm season, churned its way through the Caribbean islands in mid-August before slamming into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, near the border with Belize. At least 28 people were reported killed, including 9 Haitians and 8 Mexicans.

Tens of thousands of people throughout the region evacuated to higher ground and secure shelters as the storm bore down on them.

20 Aug 2007 description

August 19, 2007, Baltimore, MD - With Hurricane Dean expected to touch land in Jamaica Sunday afternoon, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has disaster relief experts on the ground, emergency supplies in hand and $50,000 on standby.

Holly Inurreta, Regional Technical Advisor for Emergencies in Latin America and the Caribbean, is monitoring the situation from the capital, Kingston, and is available for phone interviews.

She can discuss how the government is readying the island, how residents are preparing for the storm, and how CRS is prepared to help in its wake.

01 Nov 2001 description

Countries Struggle To Recover

12 Oct 2001 description

Baltimore, October 12, 2001 - Catholic Relief Services is committing $60,000 for emergency assistance to the Belize communities hardest hit by Hurricane Iris on October 8. An estimated 16,000 people are homeless in the areas of South Stann Creek District and Toledo, where communities have reported 90 to 100 percent damage to homes and infrastructure. The people in this area are primarily poor, Kekchí-Mayan people living in simple, thatched-roof shacks. Working with local partners, CRS/Guatemala is facilitating the distribution of blankets, water, food and temporary building supplies.

13 Oct 2000 description

Baltimore, October 13, 2000 - Catholic Relief Services is committing an initial $65,000 to relief efforts in Central America and the Caribbean in response to the hurricane that struck the region earlier this month. The funding will be used by Caritas Mexicana to work in the affected areas of Tapachula, Veracruz and Tabasco in the southernmost region of the Mexico.