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20 Apr 2018 description

Georgetown, Guyana , April 14th, 2018 (Ministry of the Presidency) - Even as the Regional Chairman of Pomeroon-Supenaam (Region Two), Mr. Devanand Ramdatt, informed the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) of the destruction of three homes in Lima due to heavy winds, the Commission, yesterday, concluded an Initial Damage Assessment training for 45 persons from that region, as well as, Essequibo Islands-West Demerara (Region Three), Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four), Mahaica-Berbice (Region Five), East-Berbice Corentyne (Region Six) and the CDC’s Volunteer Corps.

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
report Inter Press Service

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Apr 12 2018 (IPS) - The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) also known as the 5Cs, is looking for ways to boost the region’s access to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

The Centre is on the hunt for proposals from the private and public sector organisations around the region that want to work with the Centre to develop their ideas into successful projects that are in line with their country’s national priorities to build resilience to climate change.

11 Apr 2018 description

The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum has risen yearly since 2014. Between 2014 and 2018, some 146,000 asylum claims have been lodged.

Venezuelans arriving recently have stronger humanitarian needs and less financial resources to cover them, and are therefore more vulnerable and in need of assistance.

Colombia, Brazil and Guyana announced new measures to address the arrivals of Venezuelans, as border areas are increasingly overstretched.

Brazil

Operational Context

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.

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.

01 Apr 2018 description

This is a preliminary final report. There are two outstanding provisions regarding the working advance balance in hand of two National Societies. The total of provision is CHF 28,536. The remaining balance from the contribution received from USAID, will be transferred to the projects in the Caribbean, linked to the 2018 Development Operational Plan. The remaining balance is CHF 1,550,339. the final narrative and financial reports will be published as soon as possible.

A. SITUATION ANALYSIS

Description of the disaster

28 Mar 2018 description

Contributing to more effective risk management of crises and disaster in Latin America and the Caribbean

INTRODUCTION

The 2018 version of the Index for Risk Management for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC-INFORM) has been launched at the beginning of this year. LAC-INFORM 2018 is an update of LAC-INFORM 2017, the first version of this regional index.

07 Mar 2018 description

Official Sources:

Severe Weather

Bolivia

On 6 March 2018, the Bolivia Civil Defense reported frost in 16 municipalities of Oruro Department, affecting 252 communities, 9,024 families, and more than 10,467 hectares of agricultural crops. The complete report is available in Spanish at: http://bit.ly/2I6rLCn

Unofficial Sources:

Guyana

02 Mar 2018 description

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has been commended for its immediate assistance to the Territory following the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering conveyed the Territory’s gratitude while addressing the 29th Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government held in Port-au-Prince, Haiti from February 26 through 27.

23 Feb 2018 description

La Organización Panamericana de la Salud reiteró su recomendación de que los viajeros internacionales deben vacunarse contra la fiebre amarilla al menos diez días antes de viajar o visitar zonas donde circula el virus.

Entre 2016 y 2018, siete países y territorios de la región de las Américas han notificado casos de fiebre amarilla informó la Organización Panamericana de la Salud este viernes.

31 Jan 2018 description

Situation summary

Following a continued decrease in the number of malaria cases from 2005 to 2014 in the Region of the Americas, an increase was observed in 2015, 2016, and most recently in 2017. In 2016, 9 countries of the Region (Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) reported an increase in malaria cases.

29 Jan 2018 description

Key points

• 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.

19 Jan 2018 description

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.

19 Jan 2018 description

Georgetown, Guyana – (January 18, 2018) Stakeholders in Potaro-Siparuni, Region Eight, are now better equipped to prepare for and respond to emergencies within the Region as the Civil Defence Commission, last week, concluded the Orientation Session and Tabletop Exercise in partnership with the Regional Democratic Council (RDC).

17 Jan 2018 description

Residents on the East Coast Demerara (ECD) are assured of adequate preparations for flood prevention during the May/June rains.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), Frederick Flatts, in an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI) said new pump stations at Enmore, Friendship/Vigilance, and Lusignan are in an advanced state of completion.

11 Jan 2018 description

Georgetown, Guyana – (January 10, 2017) The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) through funding to the tune of US$15,000 from the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) has commenced the implementation of the pilot Youth Engagement for Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) Project in three regions across Guyana.

03 Jan 2018 description

DPI Guyana, Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Several communities were flooded following recent heavy rainfall, however, according to the Acting Director of Civil Defense Commission (CDC), Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig these are all-natural hazards and have not reached a state of disaster. This, he said, is largely due to the plan and regional systems put in by the National Disaster Risk Management System.

02 Jan 2018 description

Residents and farmers of Mocha on the East Bank of Demerara and Ithaca, West Coast Berbice are soon to benefit from drainage and irrigation works aimed at reducing flooding and improving access to lands situated aback the communities.

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at a December 29, Post Cabinet Media brief said the projects will cost a total $338,883 Million.