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02 Mar 2017 description

This publication features 50 good practices, tools and initiatives that were supported under the 2015-2016 DIPECHO Action Plan. These contribute to the implementation of the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy 2014-2024 and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. All initiatives in the publication are associated to one of the following four thematic focus areas:

01 Dec 2016 description


  • Severe weather events, including heavy rain, strong winds and tropical cyclones, have been affecting many countries of The Caribbean over the past two months causing casualties and damage. In particular most affected have been the countries of Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Barbados,St. Lucia, Dominica, Colombia and Panama.

Dominican Republic

30 Nov 2016 description
  • The Eastern Caribbean region is affected by heavy rains causing severe flooding in Barbados, Saint Lucia and Dominica. A Flood Warning for St. Vincent and the Grenadines is ongoing. Conditions are expected to deteriorate.

  • Due to the already saturated nature of the soils, residents living in landslide prone areas and along the riverbanks are at risk. Some landslides have already been reported, 15 houses have been destroyed and 30 damaged.

01 Oct 2016 description

Caribbean – Tropical Cyclone MATTHEW

  • TC MATTHEW is moving over the Caribbean Sea, strengthening.

  • Over the next 24 h, it is forecast to move west, strengthening into a Major Hurricane. Then it is forecast to turn northwest, and start moving towards Jamaica, however the uncertainty of the forecast track/intensity is still VERY high. On 1-5 October heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge could affect Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba and the Bahamas.

30 Sep 2016 description


  • Tropical Cyclone MATTHEW formed close to the island of Barbados on 28 September and started moving west. It passed through the Windward Island (southern Lesser Antilles) on 28 September evening as a Tropical Storm, then it started moving over the eastern Caribbean Sea.

26 Jan 2016 description

• Zika virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes mild fever and rash. Other symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain, headache, pain behind the eyes and conjunctivitis.

• Zika virus disease is usually mild, with symptoms lasting only a few days. The disease has similar clinical signs to dengue, and may be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common. There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.

28 Aug 2015 description
  • Tropical Storm Erika is moving west-northwest over the Atlantic Ocean towards the Leeward Islands. On 26 August at 3.00 UTC it had maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h and its centre was located approximately 800 km east of Antigua.

  • Over the next 24 hrs it is forecast to continue moving west-northwest, strengthening, and moving through the Leeward Islands on 27-28 August. Its centre is forecast to pass very close or over Antigua and Barbuda islands in the morning of 27 August (UTC) and pass off the north-eastern coast of Puerto Rico early on 28 August.

21 Aug 2015 description

Cuba – Drought
• Lack of rain from May to June has affected 68% of the country (11 provinces).
• Authorities refer to the current drought as the worst in the last 115 years. In Guantanamo, water usually used for agriculture is now used for human consumption.

19 Feb 2014 description

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).

IRAQ – Conflict / Displacement

16 Jun 2009 description

As the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction sets to work in Geneva and the hurricane season approaches, the European Commission's humanitarian aid office (ECHO), which reports to European Commissioner Louis Michel, has granted EUR 7 million for its 7th disaster‑preparedness action plan in the Caribbean. Priority will be given to the most vulnerable and exposed communities. About 300 000 people will benefit directly.

Since the programme was launched in …

21 Apr 2009 description

Executive summary


1. Since 1999 DG ECHO has implemented six DIPECHO Action Plans (AP) in the Caribbean with a combined funding total of €16,875,001, supporting 66 projects implemented by 21 different NGOs, UN agencies, academic institutions and government bodies.

2. The objectives of APV and VI (running from 2006/07 and 2007/09 respectively) are similar and principally aim to reduce the impact of future disasters in the Caribbean region by preparing vulnerable populations in the areas most affected by recurrent natural hazards.

18 Dec 2006 description

Explanatory Memorandum

1 - Rationale, needs and target population :

1.1. - Rationale :

The Caribbean region experiences multiple natural disasters. Tropical storms often take the form of a hurricane1, and the hurricane season lasts for six months. There are also floods, flash floods, tsunamis, landslides and mudslides. Some islands suffer from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The physical risk is combined with socioeconomic factors, such as high population density, fast demographic growth and great poverty.