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24 Apr 2018 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

AT A GLANCE

Region East Asia and Pacific
Risks Reversal of development gains post-disaster; long term economic and fiscal impacts
Area of Engagement Deepening financial protection

Following a successful pilot program, Pacific Island Countries established a sovereign catastrophe risk insurance company for the region, increasing resilience and access to short-term funds needed to respond to disasters.

HIGH VULNERABILITY, LIMITED BUDGETS

24 Apr 2018 description
report Salvation Army

THE 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the worst in living memory. Major damage was recorded in Mexico and central America, and across the southern states of the USA but perhaps the most significant devastation was seen on some of the Caribbean islands. The Salvation Army's Caribbean, Latin America North and USA Eastern Territories, utilising staff and officers from corps (Salvation Army churches) across the region, was on the scene immediately, providing emergency help and aid to those in the greatest need. More than six months later, the response continues.

20 Apr 2018 description

Bridgetown, Barbados, March 29th, 2018 (CDEMA) - In an effort to strengthen the resiliency of schools and by extension the education sector in the Caribbean, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is launching the Model Safe Schools Programme (MSSP) and National Safe Schools Programme Committees in six of the CDEMA’s Participating States.

17 Apr 2018 description

Following one of the most devastating hurricane seasons in recent history, a four-year initiative launched to help Caribbean islands prioritize and invest in natural ecosystems that reduce their risks from climate related disasters.

16 Apr 2018 description
report Christian Aid

New study: The climate change inequality at the heart of the Commonwealth

13 Apr 2018 description
report World Bank

Highest ever financing for the country to help build back a better and climate resilient country

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2018— The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today two emergency support operations totaling US$65 million for restoring agriculture livelihoods, strengthening resilience, and rebuilding houses destroyed by Hurricane Maria.

12 Apr 2018 description

Santo Domingo – La creciente intensidad y frecuencia con que se experimentan los desastres en el Caribe y, por lo tanto, un flujo migratorio regional intenso, demuestran la necesidad crítica de mejorar la gestión del riesgo de desastres.

12 Apr 2018 description

by OECS

A SERIES OF WHITEBOARD ANIMATIONS ARE BEING AIRED THROUGHOUT THE REGION.

The OECS Get Creative with Climate Change and Sustainable Land Management GCCA iLAND Resilience Project, is launching a major climate change and sustainable land management awareness initiative in the form of whiteboard animations.

11 Apr 2018 description

By Hler Gudjonsson, IFRC

Months after Hurricane Maria, the inhabitants of Dominica are still struggling to recover from the destruction. The hurricane, which struck on 18 September 2017, was the worst disaster caused by a natural phenomenon on the island in recent memory, bringing winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour (category 5), as well as torrential rains, floods and landslides.

Many elderly people struggling to cope with their hardships

11 Apr 2018 description

Part of the World Food Programme (WFP)´s emergency response was to restore connectivity, one of the first casualties of Hurricane Maria.

Connecting to the internet through mobile devices nowadays is part of daily life. All telecommunications were disrupted, though, when Hurricane Maria hit Dominica last year. Besides being a lifeline for the affected communities, telecommunications were key for humanitarian workers and government officials to coordinate relief efforts.

“We had a period in which we had no communications at all.”

10 Apr 2018 description

OVERVIEW

• 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 phenomena occur periodically, exacerbating the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region. Unplanned urban expansion, environmental and natural resource degradation, and land-use management challenges also increase populations’ vulnerability and exposure to natural hazards.

09 Apr 2018 description

El Comité de Huracanes de la Organización Meteorológica Mundial (OMM) se reunirá del 9 al 13 de abril para examinar la devastadora temporada de huracanes que afectó a la región del océano Atlántico en 2017, así como para deliberar acerca de la coordinación y la planificación operacional a escala regional con vistas a proteger las vidas y los bienes materiales durante la próxima temporada.

09 Apr 2018 description

The ICRC in Venezuela carries out activities with the Venezuelan Red Cross, communities, the academic sector, authorities and other organizations, and also develops and maintains constructive humanitarian dialogue with different authorities. Additionally, it works with the armed and security forces to reinforce the integration and observance of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international standards on the use of force. It also provides workshops for health care personnel on how to treat patients injured by firearms and explosive devices.

09 Apr 2018 description

In 2017, EM-DAT data indicates that 318 natural disasters occurred, affecting 122 countries. The impact of which resulted in 9,503 deaths, 96 million people affected, and US$314 billion in economic damages.

The human impact of natural disasters in 2017 was much lower than the last 10 year average, where events with extremely high mortality occurred, such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti (225,570 deaths) and the 2008 Nargis Cyclone in Myanmar (138,400 deaths).

06 Apr 2018 description

The World Meteorological Organization’s Hurricane Committee meets from 9 to 13 April to review the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and to discuss regional coordination and operational planning to protect lives and property in the forthcoming one.

06 Apr 2018 description

New York, 8 March 2018 – Six months after two of the most powerful hurricanes recorded over the Atlantic wreaked havoc in the Caribbean, women and men in island countries like Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, British Virgin Islands and St. Maarten are working around the clock to build back better, with another hurricane season only four months away. In the immediate hurricane aftermath, governments requested the UN Development Programme (UNDP)’s technical support to recover, while boosting climate resilience.

05 Apr 2018 description

Full title of the project:

Emergency support proposal for the immediate restoration of food production in Dominica after Hurricane Maria

Target areas:

Dominica

Recipient:Dominica
Donor:United Kingdom
Contribution:USD 100 000
13/10/2017-31/01/2018
Project code:OSRO/DMI/702/UK

Objective:

To rehabilitate crop production by ensuring the food security and nutrition of vulnerable populations most affected by Hurricane Maria.

Key partners:

04 Apr 2018 description

In brief

Several countries have disaster risk management plans, which need to be taken into consideration in the process to formulate and implement NAPs.

  • Many Caribbean countries have already mainstreamed adaptation into national development plans and climate change policies

  • Robust institutional arrangements provide an enabling environment for advancing adaptation planning.

03 Apr 2018 description

12,736 TOTAL ARRIVALS TO EUROPE IN 2018 10,566 ARRIVALS BY SEA IN 2018 2,170 ARRIVALS BY LAND IN 2017 20,200 ARRIVALS TO EUROPE BY THE END OF FEBRUARY 2017

Highlights