- Hurricane Maria - Sep 2017
- Hurricane Matthew - Sep 2016
- Caribbean: Drought - 2015-2017
- Hurricane Tomas - Oct 2010
- Caribbean: Drought - Feb 2010
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- Caribbean: Earthquake - Nov 2007
- Hurricane Dean - Aug 2007
- Caribbean: Hurricane Emily - Jul 2005
- Hurricane Ivan - Sep 2004
CARICOM Media Release
Thursday, October 26, 2017 — CARICOM and Mexico, which both recently suffered devastating natural disasters, have agreed to strengthen cooperation in disaster risk management.
The agreement forms part of a Joint Declaration issued at the end of the Fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit held in Belize on Wednesday 25 October 2017 under the joint chairmanship of CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto.
In support of CARIBE WAVE 2017, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Barbados facilitated an office tsunami evacuation exercise on March 23, 2017, for the United Nations (UN) House and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/ World Health Organization (WHO). This exercise was executed to highlight the importance of tsunami preparedness and to equip United Nations personnel with the knowledge of what to do in the event of a tsunami warning.
Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region experience a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, forest fires, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanoes. El Niño and La Niña, extreme phases of natural climate cycles, periodically exacerbate the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region. Unplanned urban expansion, environmental degradation, and poor land-use management also increase populations’ vulnerability to natural hazards.
Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural disasters in the region.
Latin America and the Caribbean is a diverse region and does not follow a single pattern of development. This Report is separated into two volumes which share the same narrative: the Regional Human Development Report – the first volume – covers the entire region, while deepening the analysis on Latin America; and this current Caribbean Human Development Report – the second volume – approaches the multidimensional challenges of sustainable development and human progress taking into consideration the particularities of the Caribbean.
Summary: Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus predominately transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquitoes (A.aegypti and A.albopictus) - the same type of mosquitoes that spreads dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. The Zika virus is spreading rapidly and increasing scientific evidence is demonstrating the impact of the virus, especially on pregnant women and their infants is far greater than first reported.
Message: Changed Alert Level at Kick ‘em Jenny Submarine Level – Orange Alert
FLOODS AND RAINS: Rains in Bolivia have affected about 26,200 people. In Brazil some 140 cities are under a state of alert and about 40,000 people are affected.
COLD WEATHER: 156,782 people are suffering from respiratory and health issues in Peru related to below freezing temperatures. Authorities declared state of emergency in districts in 10 regions.
EARTHQUAKE: A 6.5 (Richter) earthquake was registered in Barbados.
No major damages were reported
INUNDACIONES Y LLUVIAS: Las lluvias que han afectado a Bolivia han dejado a unas 26,200 personas afectadas. En Brasil alrededor de 140 ciudades se mantienen en estado de alerta y 40,000 personas están afectadas.
HELADAS: La salud de 156,782 personas ha sido afectada en Perú. Autoridades declararon estado de emergencia en algunos distritos de 10 regiones.
SISMO: Un sismo de 6.5 grados en la escala de Richter se registró en Barbados. No se reportaron daños de importancia.
Advice for disaster risk reduction specialists and protected area managers on how best to use protected area systems as effective buffers, to prevent natural hazards from developing into unnatural disasters
Nigel Dudley, Camille Buyck, Naoya Furuta, Claire Pedrot, Fabrice Renaud and Karen Sudmeier-Rieux
Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) experience a range of natural hazards, including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, landslides, volcanoes, forest fires, and droughts. El Niño and La Niña, extreme phases of natural climate cycles, periodically exacerbate the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region.
Environmental degradation and poor land-use management also increase populations’ vulnerability to natural hazards.
by Julia Rawlins-Bentham
Countries in the region are being called upon to address the $1.2 million in outstanding contributions owed to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, made the call, stressing that CDEMA could do a lot more for countries in the region if it was given the necessary resources.
He was at the time speaking during the opening ceremony of the Fifth Meeting of the Council of CDEMA at Hilton Barbados recently.
St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, June 3rd, 2014 - The UWI Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) has embarked on a project to install instruments which will improve understanding of the effects of strong earthquakes in the region.
Funded by the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), twelve instruments are being installed as part of a regional project which aims to establish a core network of strong motion instruments in the Eastern Caribbean and Jamaica.
This report, for the period 1 June – 30 November 2013, is for the first two quarters of the 2013/2014 fiscal and policy year for CCRIF. It is designed to provide an update on progress during this six-month period towards achievement of CCRIF’s Strategic Objectives (see Figure 1) as defined in the CCRIF Strategic Plan 2012/2013 – 2014/2015. In providing this progress update, this report also illustrates how the Facility upholds its customer values.
The report presents:
LESSER ANTILLES – Earthquake • On 18 February, at 09.27 UTC an earthquake of 6.5 M, at a depth of 16.9 km, occurred approx. 200 km off the coast of the Lesser Antilles.
• USGS-PAGER: shaking up to “light” for 489 000 people. No significant tsunami risk, no deaths or damage (as of 19 February).
GDACS, USGS, COGIC
IRAQ – Conflict / Displacement
Los desastres ocurridos en el cuarto trimestre de 2013 (octubre, noviembre y diciembre) afectaron a unas 699,020 personas. La Sequía e inundaciones fueron los mayores desastres.
El Dengue en América Latina y el Caribe ha afectado a más de 2.2 millones de personas y dejado unas 1,000 muertes en 2013.
América Central, República Dominicana y Paraguay han sido gravemente impactados.
Disasters in the reporting period affected 699,020 people. Drought and flooding were the biggest disasters.
Dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean affected more than 2.2 million people and killed 1,000 in 2013. Central America, the Dominican Republic and Paraguay were the most severely affected.
OCHA allocated US$2.5 million in CERF funds to assist people affected by drought in Bolivia, and $85,000 in emergency funds to assist those affected by heavy rainfall in the Lesser Antilles.
The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. Some countries have also suffered civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts.
La salud, elemento esencial hoy y luego de 2015
Un desastre, antes que todo, está relacionado al impacto sobre el ser humano en su estado de bienestar físico, mental y social. La destrucción, incluso si fuera súbita y masiva, no es un desastre si no existe repercusión sobre la población. En este contexto, los servicios de salud son esenciales, 24 horas al día y 7 días a la semana, para todas las mujeres y hombres en cualquier lugar del mundo.
Health, an Essential Element Now and Beyond 2015
A disaster, above all, relates to people as it affects their state of physical, mental and social wellbeing. Destruction, even if it is sud- den and massive, is not a disaster unless there are repercussions for the population. In this context, health services are essential 24/7, for all women and men, anywhere in the world.