- Tropical Storm Nate - Oct 2017
- Mexico: Earthquakes - Sep 2017
- Tropical Cyclone Franklin - Aug 2017
- Hurricane Earl - Aug 2016
- Central America: Floods and Landslides - Jun 2016
- Latin America: Storm Surge - May 2015
- Mexico/Guatemala: Earthquake - Jul 2014
- Central America: Drought - 2014-2017
- Mexico: Tropical Storms Ingrid and Manuel - Sep 2013
- Central America: Dengue Outbreak - 2013-2014
• 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.
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.
By Denis McClean
KUALA LUMPUR, 12 February 2018 - Just five months after the September earthquakes which completely destroyed 60,000 homes, more than 30,000 have been rebuilt by affected families provided with cash and technical assistance from the Mexican authorities.
In a first for Mexico, the authorities restored hope to affected communities across seven states, by issuing a total of 170,000 debit cards which allowed each family to draw up to US$8,000 to rebuild or repair their homes, in the first such experiment by the Mexican government.
By Emilio Godoy
MEXICO CITY, Dec 14 2017 (IPS) - Azael Meléndez recalls the tornado that in May 2015 struck his hometown of San Gregorio Atlapulco, in Xochimilco, on the outskirts of Mexico City.
“I had never seen anything like it, and I asked my parents, and they said the same thing,” the farmer told IPS.
The tornado lifted fences protecting gardens in the area, whose name means “place in the middle of the water” in the Nahuatl language, and which is located on the south side of greater Mexico City, which is home to 22 million people.
THE CARIBBEAN – HURRICANE MATTHEW
Hurricane conditions are expected to reach Haiti by Monday evening 3 October or early morning Tuesday 4 October.
High waves combined with excessive rainfall, hurricane-force winds and storm surges could cause extensive damage, primarily in coastal areas.
United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) teams have arrived in Jamaica and Haiti and are supporting national efforts.
EL CARIBE – HURACÁN MATTHEW: Altas olas combinadas con precipitaciones excesivas, vientos de fuerza huracanada y marejadas podrían causar daños extensos, principalmente en áreas costeras. Equipos UNDAC (Evaluación y Coordinación de Desastres) de OCHA llegaron a Jamaica y Haití e iniciaron el apoyo a los esfuerzos nacionales.
GUATEMALA: Una fuerte explosión del Volcán de Fuego, seguida de una columna de humo, ocurrió el lunes 3 de octubre.
México, 30 de Agosto 2016
Fuente: El Excelsior
Además, las costas nacionales serán afectadas por 'Gaston' y 'Lester', provocando fuertes lluvias en Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Campeche y Chiapas
CIUDAD DE MÉXICO.
28 MILLION PEOPLE FORCIBLY DISPLACED BY CONFLICT AND DISASTERS IN 2015 AND MILLIONS MORE STILL INVISIBLE: IDMC NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS GLOBAL CRISIS OF INTERNAL DISPLACEMENT
Conflict, violence and disasters internally displaced 27.8 million people in 2015, subjecting a record number of men, women and children to the trauma and upheaval of being forcibly displaced within their own country.
• Hurricane PATRICIA is moving towards the coast of Jalisco state (Mexico), as the strongest eastern Pacific hurricane on record, with max sustained winds 325 km/h (Category 5 Hurricane). On 23 October, at 12.00 UTC its center was located approx. 235 km south-west of Manzanillo with max. sustained winds of 325 km/h.
• Tropical Cyclone PATRICIA formed in the eastern Pacific Ocean, south of Chiapas and Oaxaca States in southern Mexico, on 20 October. It started moving west, intensifying, gradually turning northwest, parallel to the Mexican coast.
• On 22 October, at 9.00 UTC, its centre was located 340 km south of Lazaro Cardenas in the State of Michoacan. It had intensified into a Category 1 Hurricane and had maximum sustained wind speed of 140 km/h.
In light of ongoing global and regional discussions and commitments, this report intends to highlight good practices aimed at empowering women economically, particularly through entrepreneurship and innovation, drawing lessons for collective learning.
El nuevo informe de la Federación solicita un mayor reconocimiento y apoyo a los actores humanitarios locales
Publicado: 24 septiembre 2015 Los actores locales muchas veces son los más eficaces en la ejecución de operaciones humanitarias. No obstante, a pesar de desempeñar un papel crítico, deben luchar por atraer los fondos y el apoyo que precisan.
Le nouveau Rapport sur les catastrophes dans le monde publié par la FICR plaide pour une meilleure reconnaissance et un soutien accru des acteurs humanitaires locaux
Publié: 24 septembre 2015
Les acteurs locaux sont souvent les plus performants dans la conduite des opérations humanitaires. Pourtant, en dépit de leur rôle crucial, ils peinent à obtenir les fonds et le soutien nécessaires.
New IFRC Report calls for greater recognition and support for local humanitarian actors
Local actors are often the most effective in conducting humanitarian operations. However, despite their critical role, they struggle to attract the funding and support they need.
The 2015 World Disasters Report – launched today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) – examines the complexities and challenges local actors face in scaling-up and sustaining their humanitarian response.
From Ebola to the bombing of Gaza, civil society was the first responder to humanitarian emergencies during the last year, but faces dire threats and a funding crisis around the world, says a new report.
“During the last year civil society was everywhere, doing great work often at the frontline of the world’s challenges, but at the same time having to stave off threats to its very existence,” said Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, the CIVICUS Secretary-General on launching the organisation’s 2015 State of Civil Society Report.
México, D.F., 11 de mayo de 2015
Fuente: La Jornada
El mar de fondo que afecta al Pacífico mexicano –uno de los más intensos en 28 años– ha dejado un saldo de tres muertos, tres desaparecidos y varios lesionados, así como daños en establecimientos ubicados en las playas de Oaxaca, Guerrero, Colima y Michoacán, informó el titular de la Coordinación Nacional de Protección Civil de la Secretaría de Gobernación, Luis Felipe Puente. A su vez, Protección Civil de Guerrero informó de otros dos muertos.
LATIN AMERICA: Strong winds are generating high waves and swells in several countries in the region, with an impact on coastal populations and infrastructure.
CHILE: Red Alert remains in Los Lagos Region and 20 km exclusion zone around the crater of the Calbuco Volcano.
GUATEMALA: The seventh Regional Meeting on International Humanitarian Assistance Mechanisms (MIAH) will be held from 5 to 7 May with the participation of more than 30 countries.