- Tropical Cyclone Franklin - Aug 2017
- Hurricane Matthew - Sep 2016
- Hurricane Earl - Aug 2016
- Belize: Floods - Oct 2015
- Caribbean: Drought - 2015-2017
- Tropical Storm Ernesto - Aug 2012
- Tropical Storm Harvey - Aug 2011
- Hurricane Richard - Oct 2010
- Hurricane Paula - Oct 2010
- Tropical Storm Matthew - Sep 2010
Honduras leads the way, passes law making practise illegal
Senior Researcher, Women's Rights Division
By Gabriel Cardona-Fox
As an invisible humanitarian crisis intensifies as a result of drug and criminal violence in Mexico and Central America’s Northern Triangle, a regional call to action provides reason to be cautiously optimistic.
Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the regions most affected by violence and crime, but at the same time, has little available information about this problem. When data exist, it is not always presented in a comprehensive way, and usually suffers from reliability problems.
Este documento técnico representa un primer intento por evaluar el riesgo de desplazamiento inducido por desastre en los países centroamericanos y del Caribe:
This technical paper represents an initial attempt to assess the risk of disaster-induced displacement in the Central American and Caribbean countries of Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama.
El Centro de Coordinación para la Prevención de los Desastres Naturales de América Central (CEPREDENAC) firmó el viernes pasado en Nicaragua un acuerdo con la Agencia Suiza para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación (COSUDE), que permite inyectar 1.300 millones de colones a los países centroamericanos para fortalecer los procesos de integración del riesgo a desastres con la adaptación al cambio climático.
Los impactos del huracán Mitch, 1998, provocaron en un sector de la sociedad civil de Centroamérica, la necesidad de plantear la gestión del riesgo como un nuevo paradigma en la concepción y prevención del desastre, lo cual implicó una profunda reflexión y cuestionamiento a los procesos de ayuda de emergencia, rehabilitación y reconstrucción, pero sobre todo al modelo de desarrollo.
ON TUESDAY 7th December in Cancun, Plan International, Save the Children, UNICEF and World Vision provided a platform for children from Haiti, Mexico, Indonesia, Bolivia and Belize to interview world leaders calling for action at the climate change negotiations.
Walter, 12 years old from Belize said "I am the present and the future - a victim of climate change. I live in a region that is constantly being affected by disasters. Hurricanes and floods are my reality.
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and CIESIN at the Earth Institute of Columbia University
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CHURCH WORLD SERVICE EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM
SITUATION: Heavy rains from a recent tropical depression have caused flooding in the Central American nations of Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. Among the worst-affected nations is Honduras, where the government declared a state of national emergency on 23 October; some 193,000 persons there have been affected by the floods and 23 people have died as a result.
Episcopal Relief & Development is responding to the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Arthur in Belize. The storm formed suddenly in the Caribbean and swept across Central America on Sunday and Monday, following on the heels of Tropical Storm Alma and catching Belize's 300,000 residents by surprise.
Heavy rains and strong winds have caused flash flooding that claimed at least four lives in Belize, although officials have not confirmed the death toll. Thousands have been driven from their homes by rising waters.
Appeal Target: US$ 448,873
Balance Requested from ACT Alliance: US$ 353,873
Silver Spring, Maryland-With Hurricane Felix bearing down on Central America, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is prepared to respond. ADRA offices in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico are positioned and ready to provide immediate emergency and recovery relief to storm-affected communities.
Following on the heels of Hurricane Dean, Hurricane Felix is the second category five hurricane to hit the region in two weeks.
Hurricane Felix made landfall near Punta Gorda, in northeastern Nicaragua early this morning, the second hurricane this season to make landfall at category five.
Santa Barbara, CA (September 4, 2007) Direct Relief is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Felix, downgraded from hurricane status earlier today, and Hurricane Henriette, currently at Category 1 strength. Direct Relief is prepared to respond with medical aid to partners in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua should additional resources be needed.
Felix has already hit the Caribbean coastlines of Nicaragua and Honduras at its earlier Category 5 strength, the most powerful type of storm.
Hurricane Felix - which has been reclassifed as a Category 5, the highest and most dangerous rating for a hurricane - struck the North Eastern Coast of Nicaragua at lunchtime on Tuesday with winds of 235kms per hour. This is the first time in recorded history that two Category 5 storms have made landfall in the same season.
The direction of the hurricane has changed since landfall and is now on target to cut right through the centre of Honduras, and Guatemala and possibly affect parts of El Salvador.
Evacuations from coastal areas began in earnest yesterday, as a 'potentially catastrophic' hurricane threatened Central America. Christian Aid staff and partners have been working with local emergency committees to help communities identify emergency shelters.
Hurricane Felix is a powerful category five hurricane - the highest rating possible. It has just struck the Caribbean coast of northeast Nicaragua, near the border with Honduras, with wind speeds of up to 160 miles per hour. Over the next two days, Felix is expected to sweep over Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico.
CENTRAL AMERICA: HURRICANE FELIX
Please pray for the many in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala that are weathering the fierce winds and rains of Hurricane Felix. UMCOR is monitoring the situation and contacting our partners in these areas as communication permits.
Please help UMCOR in its anticipated response by giving to Hurricanes 2007, UMCOR Advance #982511.
IRAQ: HELPING THOSE DISPLACED BY WAR
UMCOR is helping Action for Churches Together partners to meet the immediate needs of displaced Iraqi refugees in Syria by providing essential food and hygiene items.
Coconut Creek, FL -- In response to Hurricane Felix, the second Category 5 hurricane of the 2007 storm season, Food For The Poor put its emergency relief operations into high alert today. The largest provider of aid to Central America and the Caribbean stands ready to assist the countries affected by Hurricane Felix.
Food For The Poor already has shipments of food and emergency supplies underway to Belize, which was also affected by Hurricane Dean.
TSF is on standby and could deploy to Central America if Hurricane Felix provokes damage to the telecommunication infrastructure and if emergency communication means are needed to support relief coordination.
Felix rapidly strengthened into a dangerous Category 5 hurricane and churned through the Caribbean Sea on a path toward Central America, where forecasters said it could make landfall as a "potentially catastrophic" storm.
Felix was packing winds of up to 165 mph as it headed west, according to the U.S.