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09 Aug 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone FRANKLIN continued moving westward towards the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, slightly strengthening but remaining a Tropical Storm.

  • Over the next 24 hours, heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge are possible across the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico and Belize. As of 8 June at 6.00 (UTC), a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Belize City northward to the Belize/Mexico border and for the coast of Mexico from Chetumal to Sabancuy.

07 Aug 2017 description
  • A new Tropical Cyclone named FRANKLIN formed on the northwestern Caribbean Sea, east of Mexico and Belize coast on 6 August and started moving west-northwest towards the Honduras coast.
  • Over the next 24 hours, heavy rain (up to 300 mm) is forecast across the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico and Belize. These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods.
29 Aug 2016 description
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Drought/Food Insecuirty

Drought / Food Insecurity As of March 2016, 2.5 million people are food insecure in Central America (1.15 million in IPC Phase 3). Availability/access to staple foods and opportunities to generate income are very limited.

10 Aug 2016 description

In response to Hurricane Earl, which struck Belize on 4 August 2016 causing significant damages across the country, the European Commission has provided €50 000 in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected populations.

09 Aug 2016 description
  • National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) stated that flash flood waters are swelling the river banks in Cayo District, Belize River Valley and La Democracia.
  • Damage assessments are ongoing as the storm caused more damage than the government of Belize had originally estimated with effects to be felt in the short and medium-term.
09 Aug 2016 description

Belmopan, 09 August 2016.

In response to Hurricane Earl, which struck Belize on 4 August 2016 causing significant damage across the country, the European Commission provides 50 000 EUR in humanitarian funding to assist the most affected populations.

This EU funding supports the Belize Red Cross in delivering much needed relief, including access to safe water, sanitation services and hygiene promotion, reduction of risks for vector and waterborne diseases, non-food items and livelihood asset replacements for the most vulnerable families.

08 Aug 2016 description

Situation

• TC EARL after making landfall near Belize city (Belize) on 4 August, continued moving west-northwest over land, passing through central Belize and northern Guatemala and weakening into a Tropical Storm. On 5 August at 9.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 115 km west-southwest of Ciudad del Carmen (Campeche state, Mexico) and it had max. sustained wind speed of 65 km/h (Tropical Storm).

05 Aug 2016 description
  • The government of Belize declared a state of emergency on Thursday, 4 August 2016, which will remain in place for 30 days.

  • TC EARL continued moving west-northwest over land, passing through central Belize and northern Guatemala and weakening into a Tropical Storm. On 5 August at 6.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 60 km south-southeast of Ciudad del Carmen (Campeche state, Mexico) and it had max. sustained wind speed of 65 km/h (Tropical Storm).

05 Aug 2016 description

Situation

• TC EARL formed over the Caribbean Sea, south of Jamaica, on 2 August. It then started moving west, intensifying. On 4 August early morning (UTC), it made landfall near Belize city as a Hurricane Category 1. On 4 August at 9.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 75 km westsouthwest of Belize city (Belize) and it had max. sustained wind speed of 120 km/h (Hurricane Category 1).

• Over the next 24 h it is forecast to move west-northwest overland, weakening. Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to effect the areas along its path.

24 Aug 2012 description

Belmopan, 24 August 2012.- The European Union, through the European Commission and its Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), expresses its solidarity with the victims of Hurricane Ernesto in Belize. As a major contributor to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Commission has agreed to use 32,335 EUR of its DREF contribution to help bring relief to the victims. The aid will be used to replenish stocks and to provide food, water and relief items to the most affected people.

16 Jun 2009 description

As the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction sets to work in Geneva and the hurricane season approaches, the European Commission's humanitarian aid office (ECHO), which reports to European Commissioner Louis Michel, has granted EUR 7 million for its 7th disaster‑preparedness action plan in the Caribbean. Priority will be given to the most vulnerable and exposed communities. About 300 000 people will benefit directly.

Since the programme was launched in …

24 Oct 2007 description

Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid and Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) jointly warned that "climate change is an increasing threat to development and humanitarian relief efforts" during WFP's Executive Board meeting today.

Mr. Michel, who is in Rome to address WFP's Executive Board, said: "The recent spate of weather-related disasters across the globe sets the alarm bells ringing.

31 Aug 2007 description

IP/07/1273

Bruxelles, le 31 août 2007. La Commission s'apprête à allouer une aide d'urgence de 3 millions d'euros pour faire face aux dégâts provoqués par l'ouragan Dean dans les Caraïbes. Cette décision permettra de venir en aide à près de 50 000 personnes, victimes de l'ouragan au Belize, en Jamaïque, à Sainte Lucie, à la Dominique et en Haïti. Les fonds seront gérés par ECHO, le service d'aide humanitaire de la Commission européenne, sous la responsabilité du Commissaire Louis Michel.

31 Aug 2007 description

IP/07/1273

Brussels, 31 August 2007. The Commission is preparing to allocate €3 million of emergency aid to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Dean in the Caribbean. As a result of the decision, aid can be provided to some 50 000 people affected by the hurricane in Belize, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Dominica and Haiti. The funds will be managed by the Commission's Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), under the responsibility of Commissioner Louis Michel.

18 Dec 2006 description

Explanatory Memorandum

1 - Rationale, needs and target population :

1.1. - Rationale :

The Caribbean region experiences multiple natural disasters. Tropical storms often take the form of a hurricane1, and the hurricane season lasts for six months. There are also floods, flash floods, tsunamis, landslides and mudslides. Some islands suffer from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The physical risk is combined with socioeconomic factors, such as high population density, fast demographic growth and great poverty.

26 Aug 2005 description

IP/05/1069

Brussels, 26 August 2005 -The Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) launched its 5th DIPECHO (for Disaster Preparedness ECHO) Action Plan for the Caribbean. €3.5 million will be allocated for disaster preparedness in the region.