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08 Nov 2018 description

With tsunamis accounting for $280 billion in economic losses over the last 20 years, Barbados is working towards achieving disaster resilient communities and reducing disaster losses.

These points were raised on Monday by Director of the Department of Emergency Management, Kerry Hinds, as the island joined the rest of the world in observing World Tsunami Awareness Day 2018 under the theme: Reducing Economic Losses.

07 Nov 2018 description

Mensajes principales

  • América Latina y el Caribe se aleja del cumplimiento del Objetivo de Desarrollo Sostenible 2: Hambre cero. Su número de personas subalimentadas aumentó por tercer año consecutivo: en 2017 alcanzó 39,3 millones, en gran medida debido a Sudamérica.

  • La malnutrición en la Región toma muchas formas: uno de cada diez niños y niñas menores de cinco años presenta retraso en el crecimiento; uno de cada cuatro adultos es obeso; una de cada cinco mujeres en edad fértil padece de anemia.

07 Nov 2018 description

by Sheena Forde

A recent special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has highlighted the possible impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

As a result, Special Advisor to the Ministry of Environment and National Beautification, Dr. Hugh Sealy, has described the IPCC Special Report of 1.5 degrees as “a clarion call for action”.

22 Oct 2018 description

Bridgetown, Barbados, October 22, 2018. On Friday October 19th, Barbados Prime Minister Honourable Mia Amor Mottley met with CCRIF CEO Mr. Isaac Anthony, Deputy Chairperson Mrs. Desirée Cherebin and Board member Mrs. Faye Hardy at a short ceremony to mark the payout by CCRIF to the Government of Barbados following the passage of Tropical Storm Kirk in October. The payout of US$5.8 million – or BDS$11.6 million – was made under the country’s Excess Rainfall policy and was made within 14 days of the event.

17 Oct 2018 description

A WHO Special Initiative in collaboration with UNFCCC and the Fijian Presidency of the COP-23 (SIDS in the Caribbean Region)

Introduction

Humanity entered a new millennium with unprecedented challenges on a planetary scale. Carbon dioxide emissions, loss of biodiversity, loss of forests, water use, ocean acidification, have all been rapidly increasing for the past 100 to 200 years.

16 Oct 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 16 2018 (IPS) - Although their contribution to global warming is negligible, Caribbean nations are bearing the brunt of its impact. Climate phenomena are so devastating that countries are beginning to prepare not so much to adapt to the new reality, but to get their economies back on their feet periodically.

09 Oct 2018 description

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, October 9, 2018: CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) announced today that Barbados will receive a payout of US$5,813,299 (approximately BDS$11.6 million) on its Excess Rainfall policy due to heavy rainfall that occurred during the passage of Tropical Storm Kirk.

29 Sep 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

AG/12071

Assemblée générale Plénière
Soixante-treizième session, 12e & 13e séances plénières, matin & après-midi

28 Sep 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/12071

General Assembly Plenary
Seventy-third Session, 12th & 13th Meetings (AM & PM)

As the General Assembly entered the fourth day of its general debate today, world leaders once again called to the fore the threats posed by climate change and unilateralism and their impact on international peace and security, while also highlighting several successful transitions from conflict to peace as proof that diplomacy and multilateralism are effective and offer a hopeful sign for the future.

28 Sep 2018 description
  • Tropical cyclone KIRK continued west over the Atlantic Ocean toward the Lesser Antilles. Its centre crossed St.Lucia on 27 September evening UTC as a tropical storm before it moved into the Eastern Caribbean Sea.

  • Over the next 48hours, it is forecast to weaken as it continues west away from land.

  • In Saint Lucia, there have been reports of downed power lines and damaged roofs.

27 Sep 2018 description

by NEMO

ADVISORY ISSUED AS OF 2 PM, SEP. 27, 2018.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Saint Lucia. A tropical storm warning is also in effect for Barbados, Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

27 Sep 2018 description

The National Hurricane Centre continues to issue advisories on Tropical Storm Kirk.

September 27 2018

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Barbados and St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines

TROPICAL STORM KIRK

Location: 13.5 North 58.3 West

About 200 miles… East South East of Martinique

About 536 miles… East South East of the British Virgin Islands

27 Sep 2018 description

LOCATION: APPROXIMATELY 260 MILES EAST OF BARBADOS

PRESENT MOVEMENT: WNW AT 18 MPH

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 60 MPH

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE: 998MB

WATCHES AND WARNINGS ISSUED FOR CDEMA PARTICIPATING STATES:

  • TROPICAL STORM WARNING: Barbados, Saint Lucia, Dominica
  • TROPICAL STORM WATCH: St. Vincent and the Grenadines

NHC Update

21 Sep 2018 description

The Caribbean region is poised to benefit from increased humanitarian assistance following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and humanitarian service provider, Rescue Global (RG). The signing took place yesterday, September 19, 2018 at the CDEMA Coordinating Unit in St. Michael, Barbados.

14 Sep 2018 description

As our disaster experts monitor Tropical Storm Isaac, which reached the Eastern Caribbean Thursday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is announcing additional support to help the Caribbean prepare for, and respond to, major storms and hurricanes. The Agency is stockpiling reinforced plastic sheeting in the Caribbean, and training local disaster officials how to use the material to construct safe and secure temporary shelters.

12 Sep 2018 description

Bridgetown, Barbados September 11, 2018 – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and humanitarian mapping charity MapAction yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise their new joint working relationship. MapAction will work alongside CDEMA teams and support National Disaster Management Agencies within the Caribbean region as needed.

11 Sep 2018 description

NWS Summary: At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.6 North, longitude 48.1 West.

10 Sep 2018 description

NWS Summary: At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Hurricane Isaac was located near latitude 14.4 North, longitude 45.0 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). A westward motion with a slight increase in forward speed is expected through the end of the week. On the forecast track, Isaac should move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday. Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected over the next day or two.

10 Sep 2018 description

N° of National Societies currently involved in the operation (if available and relevant): Red Cross Movement actors currently involved in the operation: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the French Red Cross-PIRAC (Regional Intervention Platform for the Americas and the Caribbean), Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross, British Red Cross overseas branches, Dominica Red Cross Society, Haiti Red Cross Society, Netherlands Red Cross overseas branches, Saint Kitts and Nevis Red Cross Society; Partner National Societies (PNSs) such as …