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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.

20 May 2016 description

Este boletín analiza la seguridad alimentaria, la producción y comercio de cereales y las políticas de los países referidas a la seguridad alimentaria durante el primer trimestre de 2016.

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10 Nov 2015 description


  • DESLAVE: Continua la búsqueda de 28 personas desaparecidas en Brasil, luego del alud de lodo provocado por el colapso de dos diques de contención de residuos minerales de una mina.

  • LLUVIAS E INUNDACIONES: Unas 5,000 personas están afectadas por lluvias en Colombia, mientras que los especialistas indican que este año ha llovido un 57% menos en el país, con respecto a 2014.

  • SEQUÍA: Expertos productores estiman que la producción de granos básicos en Nicaragua ha disminuido entre un 50 y 75% en el “corredor seco”.

10 Nov 2015 description


  • LANDSLIDE: The search for 28 people missing continues in Brazil after the mudslide caused by the collapse of two dams tailings from a mine.

  • RAINS AND FLOODS: 5,000 people are affected by rains in Colombia. Specialists indicate that this year it rained less than 57% in the country with respect to 2014.

  • DROUGHT: Experts estimate that production of basic grains in Nicaragua has decreased between 50 and 75% in the "dry corridor".

22 Sep 2009 description


Caribbean Red Cross Program Transitions into Second Phase

A USAID/OFDA-supported Red Cross program to strengthen disaster preparedness in the Caribbean concluded its first phase in August and will begin phase two in October.

The program, "Readiness to Respond: Increased Disaster Preparedness through Enhanced Coordination and Community Awareness," is a joint effort between USAID/OFDA, the American Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and Caribbean Red Cross societies.

USAID/OFDA provided more than …

31 Aug 2009 description


Latin American Countries Adopt the Incident Command System

USAID/OFDA is providing assistance to 16 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that are implementing the Incident Command System (ICS).

The ICS is a predefined chain of command first employed in the U.S. state of California in the 1970s in response to extensive forest fires.

31 Dec 2005 description

"This year has been a year like no other for humanitarian action, bracketed by devastating disasters, - the Indian Ocean Tsunami in the final days of 2004 and the South Asia earthquake of October 2005, on top of the worst hurricane season in living memory - and stretching all humanitarian agencies to their maximum capacity and beyond." (Introduction of Humanitarian Appeals 2006- 30 November 2005)