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05 Oct 2017 description

Focus on tropical cyclones on American continent “Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are the same weather phenomenon; we just use different names for these storms in different places. In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, the term “hurricane” is used. The same type of disturbance in the Northwest Pacific is called a “typhoon” and “cyclones” occur in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean” (NOAA, 2017).

29 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fatalities from the September 19 earthquake increase to at least 355 people

  • USAID demobilizes DART for the Mexico earthquake response; USAR team prepares to depart Mexico

  • USAID/OFDA provides a total of nearly $3 million in emergency assistance to support the earthquake response in Mexico

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

28 Sep 2017 description

At approximately 1:14 p.m. local time on September 19, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central Mexico, impacting the capital of Mexico City, as well as Guerrero, Morelos, and Puebla states. The earthquake killed at least 344 people, injured nearly 6,100 people, and damaged more than 44,300 buildings. The Government of Mexico accepted the U.S.

27 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fatalities from the September 19 earthquake increase to at least 337 people

  • DART USAR team conducts structural assessments, remains prepared to support emergency operations as needed

  • GoM coordinates countrywide emergency response efforts, demobilization of some USAR teams

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

25 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fatalities from the September 19 earthquake increase to at least 325 people

  • The DART USAR team remains prepared to support additional emergency interventions and structural assessments in Mexico City, as needed

  • GoM coordinates emergency response efforts, providing shelter, food, and other assistance

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

24 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Earthquake toll rises to at least 305 deaths and more than 2,600 injuries; majority recorded in Mexico City

  • DART, including USAR specialists, supports coordination and emergency interventions in affected areas

  • GoM reports sufficient health response capacity, with 98 percent of health facilities in Mexico City operating normally

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

21 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central Mexico on September 19, collapsing buildings and resulting in at least 250 deaths

  • GoM declares a state of emergency in affected areas and requests international assistance

  • USAID deploys a DART, including USAR specialists, to support emergency operations in Mexico

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

21 Sep 2017 description

Statement by Clayton M. McCleskey, Acting Spokesperson

For Immediate Release Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Office of Press Relations Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is deploying a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to Mexico in response to urgent humanitarian needs caused by the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck on September 19.

24 Feb 2017 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, extreme phases of natural climate cycles, periodically exacerbate the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region. Unplanned urban expansion, environmental degradation, and poor land-use management also increase populations’ vulnerability to natural hazards.

23 Dec 2016 description

In 2016, EM-DAT preliminary data indicates that 301 country level disasters occurred, affecting 102 countries. The impact of which sums up to a total of 7,628 deaths, 411 million affected people, and US$97 billion of economic damages.

11 Oct 2016 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 2007 and FY 2016, 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 natural disasters in the region.

18 Aug 2016 description

USAID/OFDA desarrolla software de SCI para la región LAC

23 Nov 2015 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 2006 and FY 2015, USAID provided nearly $777 million to assist disaster-affected populations in the LAC region, including nearly $509 million from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and approximately $268 million from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP).