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17 Dec 2010 description

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) His Excellency Sir Edwin Carrington on Friday held his final press conference as Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), pointing to the gains made and challenges faced by the regional grouping over the past year, and charging the media to enhance its role in getting the populace involved in the Community.

The past year, Secretary-General Carrington said, was one of "great difficulty" for the Community.

16 Dec 2010 description
report IRIN

CANCUN, 16 December 2010 (IRIN) - Under the new Cancun Agreements, endorsed at the end of the UN climate change talks in Mexico, countries have been asked to submit their views on the possible development of a climate and disaster risk insurance facility. The one to emulate would be the Caribbean Climate Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF).

The not-for-profit scheme created in 2007 for the 16 members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) offered quick pay-outs and comparatively low premiums, said Sven Harmeling, an adaptation expert with Germanwatch, a non-governmental lobby group.

When …

22 Nov 2010 description

GLIDE n=B0 TC-2010-000216-BRB/LCA/VCT

This Emergency Appeal seeks 1,045,054 Swiss francs (1,064,350 US dollars or 779,507 euro) in cash, kind, or services to support the National Societies of Barbados, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to assist 2,050 families for six months: This operation will be completed by early May 2011.

17 Nov 2010 description

Grand Cayman, 17 November, 2010 - Today, the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) completed insurance payments to the Governments of Barbados, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines following the passage of Tropical Cyclone Tomas which passed close to these islands on 30 and 31 October, 2010. CCRIF released to each country 50% of their payouts on 7 November, seven (7) days after the storm's passage - well before the end of the customary 14-day waiting period - to facilitate requests from the three countries.

15 Nov 2010 description

By Julie Wilson

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (centre) speaking to the media about Government's response after Tropical Storm Tomas.

15 Nov 2010 description

By Carol Gaskin

Management of the Barbados Agricultural Development & Marketing Corporation (BADMC) is appealing to farmers for continued patience, as the corporation seeks to restore irrigation services to several districts, following the passage of Tropical Storm Tomas.

"We understand and sympathise with the effects of the loss of this critical asset. We will continue to work dilligently to correct all problems," BADMC's Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Skeete assured.

In giving an update, the BADMC official noted that services in the St.

15 Nov 2010 description

By Julie Wilson

The cries of scores of farmers who sustained heavy losses when their yields were destroyed following the passage of Tropical Storm Tomas last month, has received a sympathetic ear from Government.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, lamented the loss of crops, during a press conference at Government Headquarters last Friday, to update the nation on Government's response after Tomas.

He noted: "This administration is deeply sympathetic to the agricultural sector in these circumstances.

10 Nov 2010 description

The Barbados Red Cross Society (BRCS) has launched "Operation Breadfruit" the key component of its response to the humanitarian needs of Barbadians affected by the damage done by Tropical Storm Tomas.

"Operation Breadfruit" is being coordinated through the office of the Director-General by Lawrence Marshall, the BRCS Director of Disaster Services.

08 Nov 2010 description

Statement from

The Premier, Hon. W. McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP,

Regarding Hurricane Tomas Appeal

Monday, 8 November 2010

As we in the Caribbean collectively breathe a sigh of relief, now that Tomas is no longer a storm threat, we also regret the loss of life and the millions of dollars in damage left in its wake.

Having gone through similar experiences with Hurricanes Ivan and Paloma, the people of the Cayman Islands empathise with our friends and family in St. Lucia; St.

08 Nov 2010 description


- CARIBBEAN: Tomas causes losses in Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados and Haiti.

- CENTRAL AMERICA: Costa Rica and Panama remain in a state of alert due to heavy rains, more than 5,000 affected.

- BOLIVIA: Drought worsens food crises in the country

08 Nov 2010 description


- El CARIBE: Tomás dejó pérdidas en Santa Lucia, San Vicente y las Granadinas, Barbados y Haití.

- AMéRICA CENTRAL: Fuertes lluvias mantienen a Costa Rica y Panamá bajo alerta, hay más de 5,000 afectados.

- BOLIVIA: la sequía agudiza la crisis alimentaria en Bolivia.

06 Nov 2010 description

Date/Time 06 November 2010 - 20:00

This report was issued by OCHA ROLAC. It covers the period from 03.11.2010 to. 06.11.10. The next report will be issued depending on the evolution of the situation.


- Heavy rains associated with Hurricane Tomas affected many countries in Central America and the Caribbean

- The most affected countries have been Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

05 Nov 2010 description

Ottawa, OntarioThe Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced support in response to the humanitarian needs arising from Hurricane Tomas in the Caribbean.

"We want to ensure that the needs of the people affected by Hurricane Tomas are met quickly," said Minister Kent.

04 Nov 2010 description

La Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) se está movilizando para proporcionar asistencia a los Estados Miembros de Santa Lucía, San Vicente y las Granadinas y Barbados luego de la devastación provocada por el paso del Huracán Tomás.

La OEA preside el Comité Interamericano para la Reducción de los Desastres Naturales.

A las pocas horas de haberse reportado los primeros daños a los Estados Miembros y los pedidos de asistencia, el Secretario General de la OEA, José Miguel Insulza, y el Secretario General Adjunto de la OEA, Albert R.

03 Nov 2010 description

This Preliminary Emergency Appeal seeks 611,470 Swiss francs (622,109 US dollars or 446,067 euro) in cash, kind, or services to support the National Societies of Barbados, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to assist 1,550 families for six months, and will be completed by early May 2011. A Final Report will be made available by August 2011 (three months after the end of the operation).

51,653 Swiss francs were allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support this operation.

03 Nov 2010 description

Message: Regional Response Teams continue to provide support to Saint Lucia.


Tomas impacted the CDEMA Participating States of Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Barbados, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines between October 29 and 31, 2010 and caused significant losses and damage to Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Excessive rainfall and high winds have resulted in damage to the housing stock, agriculture sector, road infrastructure, downed power lines and disruption to the utilities sector.

The areas severely affected in St.