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- Thematic report - 23 January 2018 - Dominica: Hurricane Irma and Maria Caribbean Response
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- Hurricane-hit Dominica hurries to prepare for next storm season
- Dominica: Hurricane Maria - Overview of the Humanitarian Response in 2017 (September-December 2017), 8 February 2018
The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team is part of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the international emergency response system for sudden-onset emergencies. UNDAC was created in 1993. It is designed to help the United Nations and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency. UNDAC, as a tool of OCHA, also assists in the coordination of incoming international relief at national level and/or at the site of the emergency.
Panama/Geneva, 09 February 2018 — Nearly five months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria lashed the island nations of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Cuba, long and at times uneven recovery efforts are underway to rebuild damaged infrastructure and resume basic services.
A REVIEW OF EARLY WARNINGS SYSTEMS IN THE 2017 HURRICANE SEASON TO HELP STRENGTHEN RESILIENCE AGAINST FUTURE DISASTERS.
An expert review has been launched into the effectiveness of early warnings in the Caribbean during the devastating 2017 hurricane season in order to strengthen resilience against future disasters.
Geneva, Switzerland, 6 February 2018
Distinguished guests, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Advisory Board Annual Meeting. Today, we will celebrate the achievements of UNDAC as it marks its 25th Anniversary this year. We will discuss how we can further strengthen UNDAC to ensure that it continues to be a nimble, effective international emergency response mechanism in a fast-evolving operational environment.
by Adela Suliman | @adela_suliman | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:26 GMT
"For all of those who thought for years... we were crying wolf (about climate change), well we've just been eaten"
By Adela Suliman
LONDON, Jan 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Caribbean island of Dominica, still reeling from Hurricane Maria last September, is on the "frontline of the war on climate change" and has only five months to prepare for the next hurricane season, its foreign minister said.
Hurricane Maria made landfall on the southwest coast of Dominica at 9:35pm on 18 September as a Category 5 hurricane, with 160 mph wind speed and higher gusts. The hurricane force resulted in intense storm surges, torrential downpour, overflowing raging rivers, and extremely high winds across the island left 31 people dead, 37 missing. 65,000 people, around 80% of the population, were directly affected and more than 90% of roofs were damaged or destroyed while power and water supplies were disrupted, and entire crops destroyed
Latin America and the Caribbean
This operations update no.3 provides updated information on the current situation in Dominica, ongoing assessments and a summary of key results achieved against objectives of the Dominica Hurricane Maria Emergency Plan of Action up to 15 January 2018.
The Emergency Appeal plan of action and budget is currently being revised and will be based on the new assessments findings a verification and revision on the number of beneficiaries to respond to the current needs of the affected families.
A. SITUATION ANALYSIS Description of the disaster
• The increasingly frequent occurrence of natural disasters due to climate change put the debt sustainability and socioeconomic stability of vulnerable developing countries at risk.
• The international community should review and enhance the tools available to such countries to maintain debt sustainability and mobilize resources for climate change adaptation and developmental transformation.
• Disasters represent both a crisis from which to learn and an opportunity to do things better.
Understanding the historical dimensions of disaster risk in the Caribbean, as well as future threats to the region, can help in identifying what needs to change.
• Building back better in Caribbean islands requires building resilience to multiple hazards. It also means integration across infrastructure, housing, economic and social development and environmental sectors, to strengthen resilience in all.
A Report by the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica
November 15, 2017
This report evaluates the impact of the natural disasters and extreme weather events that occurred worldwide during 2017 and provides an overview of global economic losses.
UN agencies, NGOs, and government employees sharing the same workspace helped collaboration and information sharing.
Sector-specific and cross-sector coordination meetings allowed agencies and government actors to share information that reduced delays and increased collaboration between actors.
The lack of reliable baseline data greatly hampered efforts and delayed carrying out assessments and distributions properly during the response.
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 2008 and FY 2017, 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 emergencies in the region.
The European Commission has provided €500,000 to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to support Dominica’s education sector in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria last September.
The powerful Category 5 storm severely impacted infrastructure across the country, including the education sector, resulting in over one-third of primary and secondary schools being listed as severely damaged. Access to schooling was disrupted for students across the board.
Almost four months since hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean islands, the return of some critical services remains slow in some countries. In Dominica, only around 10 per cent of people, mainly in the cities of Roseau and Portsmouth, have access to electricity, while in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) only one fifth of the population has restored power.