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17 Oct 2017 description

A medical ship that's been operating in the Pacific region is heading to the Caribbean to help in the hurricane relief effort.

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15 Oct 2017 description

JULIA RAWLINS-BENTHAM

Barbadians are being urged to secure their homes and make them the primary hub of safety during a disaster.

In its message to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction, recognised today, Friday, October 13, the Department of Emergency Management, has joined with the internationally acknowledged slogan of Home Safe Home.

“That is the home should be able to prevent the displacement of families and ultimately the loss of lives in the event of a disaster,” the statement said.

13 Oct 2017 description
report World Bank

Washington, October 13th, 2017-- Leaders and representatives of CARICOM countries and territories, and international partners, including the international financial institutions, and the representatives of territories in the region, convened today in a high-level round table on recovery and resilience in the Caribbean hosted by the World Bank Group (WBG), as part of the WBG-IMF Annual Meetings.

10 Oct 2017 description

FAO and PAHO warn that hunger has increased in six countries and now affects 2.4 million persons in the region. While, overweight continues to be a public health problem across the Americas.

10 October 2017, Santiago, Chile – The total number of persons that suffer from hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean has increased, reversing decades of progress.

Meanwhile, overweight affects all age groups in men and women, and constitutes a major health problem in all countries in the region of the Americas.

28 Sep 2017 description

Damaged homes, businesses and offices are no match for the resilience and determination of residents living in Portsmouth, a town on the northwest coast of Dominica.

They have already begun to pick up the pieces after the category five-Hurricane Maria slammed into the island on September 18.

The residents have been using their personal vehicles to free the roadways, clogged with debris left behind by the hurricane, while at least one other ensured that his community was well lit at night through the use of his generator.

25 Sep 2017 description
report Sea Mercy

13 Days that changed the Caribbean

23 Sep 2017 description

Arrangements are being made to have doctors and nurses from Barbados travel to Dominica to provide much-needed assistance.

This is according to Dr. Brian Charles, who is in Dominica to provide primary assessments for the health care services and the hospital there, and to work alongside the Barbadian military personnel. Dominica remains in a state of emergency after it was devastated by a category five Hurricane Maria on September 18.

22 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

21 septembre 2017 – Seuls 15 pays dans le monde disposent des trois politiques nationales de base qui contribuent à garantir que les parents disposent du temps et des ressources nécessaires pour soutenir le développement cérébral sain de leurs jeunes enfants, selon un nouveau rapport du Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF) publié jeudi.

21 Sep 2017 description

As the first Barbados Coast Guard vessel arrived in Dominica this morning, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart pledged Barbados’ commitment to assisting the hurricane-ravaged island in its recovery efforts.

The Prime Minister, who has responsibility for Defence and Security, said that Barbados would continue to send vessels with supplies and personnel to the island for as long as was necessary.

Mr. Stuart extended condolences to the Government and people of Dominica in respect of the loss of life.

20 Sep 2017 description

The Caribbean has been buffeted by an exceptional number of intense storms and hurricanes this year. In the space of just a few days, Hurricane Irma has been followed by Hurricanes José and Maria, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. Hurricane Irma formed near Cabo Verde towards the end of August and, according to the US National Hurricane Center, was the strongest hurricane on record to form in the Atlantic Ocean.

20 Sep 2017 description

SG/SM/18699-IHA/1434

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General is saddened by the destruction across the Caribbean region by Hurricane Maria in a context where many islands are already working to respond to the devastation and suffering arising from Hurricane Irma earlier this month.

The Secretary-General commends the collaborative efforts of the various Governments, international agencies and non-governmental organizations in responding to this crisis.

19 Sep 2017 description

The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) is deploying a contingent to assist the Commonwealth of Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

This disclosure has come from the BDF’s Public Relations Officer, Captain Maria Moore, who said humanitarian assistance and disaster relief would be provided to the island, which was extensively damaged following the passage of the category five hurricane on Monday night.

The BDF contingent is expected to be deployed within the next 12 hours aboard the HMBS Leonard C. Banfield.

19 Sep 2017 description
report Direct Relief

After weathering Hurricane Irma just days ago, residents in the Caribbean are bracing for yet another potentially destructive threat gathering strength in the Atlantic.

Hurricane Maria has intensified to a Category 3 storm and is expected to gain strength to a Category 4 before making landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday. Maria’s first landfall is expected to occur Monday night on the islands of Dominica and Martinique.

19 Sep 2017 description

Hurricane Maria has been upgraded to a category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h. It is following in Hurricane Irma’s path and is set to hit several recovering islands including Antigua and Barbuda. Hurricane warnings are in effect for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat and Martinique. Tropical storm and flash flood warnings have also been issued for Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands, Saint Martin and Anguilla.

18 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS — Hurricane Maria has intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson wind scale and is expected to strengthen further, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday.

Hurricane Maria was about 35 miles (55 km) northeast of Martinique, with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 km per hour), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

18 Sep 2017 description

The First Secretary of State, Damian Green, chaired a COBR meeting this afternoon to discuss the Government’s response to Hurricane Irma and preparations for Hurricane Maria.

We remain concerned that Hurricane Maria, which is strengthening as it approaches the Leeward Islands, could hit the UK’s Overseas Territories in the Caribbean already affected as well as Montserrat.

FCO, DFID and military teams are working closely with the Governors in the Overseas Territories to ensure we are doing all we can to support the Governments of the islands affected.

18 Sep 2017 description

International Medical Corps disaster response experts in the Caribbean and Florida are already identifying pressing needs so they can provide much-needed assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Now, with Hurricane Maria gaining strength in the eastern Caribbean, our experts are monitoring its path and preparing to respond should it be needed.

18 Sep 2017 description

UK aid experts, military assets and relief supplies remain in the region and are ready to respond.

The UK is in position to respond to further extreme weather in the Caribbean as the approaching Storm Maria is reclassified as a hurricane. The hurricane comes less than two weeks after Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded.

UK experts on the ground are working closely with national authorities to prepare for the approaching hurricane. Staff, military assets and relief supplies remain in the region and are ready to respond.

18 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

Las islas del este del Caribe, devastadas por Irma hace menos de dos semanas, se preparan para enfrentar otro potencial desastre, con la llegada del huracán María, que podría tocar tierra en las Islas de Barlovento el lunes por la noche convertido en un potente meteoro.

A las 2:00 a.m. del lunes, el centro del huracán María se localizaba 145 kilómetros al noreste de Barbados y 270 kms al este suroeste de Dominica, con vientos máximos sostenidos de 150 kph.

18 Sep 2017 description

by Reuters
Monday, 18 September 2017 06:03 GMT

By Frank McGurty and Jessica Resnick-Ault

Sept 18 (Reuters) - A second powerful storm in as many weeks was bearing down on a string of battered Caribbean islands, with forecasters saying Maria would strengthen rapidly into a major hurricane as it ripped into the Leeward Islands on Monday night.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.