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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.

07 Oct 2016 description


The Guidance Note on Recovery: Private Sector draws from the wider body of knowledge on private sector recovery and from documented experiences of past and present disaster planning and recovery e orts. Materials have been collected through desk review and direct consultations with relevant experts. These experiences and lessons learned are classi ed into the following four major issues:

  1. The Disaster Recovery Role of the Private Sector

  2. Engaging the Private Sector in Disaster Recovery

18 Dec 2014 description
report CARE

Remembering the Tsunami: A Decade of Strengthening Humanitarian Response

Ten years ago, the global community faced what was one of the biggest tests of humanitarianism in recent history.

On Dec. 26, 2004, an earthquake rumbled off the coast of Indonesia, triggering a series of devastating tsunamis that struck 14 countries across the Indian Ocean. At least 228,000 people lost their lives and millions more were left homeless.

02 Apr 2014 description

The fourth edition of ‘Shelter Projects’, is launched at a time when shelter is more relevant than ever as an instrument of humanitarian response. The case studies in this edition reflect the on-going challenges posed by responses to complex emergencies such as Haiti and Pakistan as well as new challenges derived from unprecedented level of population displacement in Africa, Asia and in the Middle East.

15 Nov 2013 description

The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. Some countries have also suffered civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts.

01 Jul 2013 description
report CCCM Cluster


Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to share with you the third edition of the Global CCCM Cluster Newsletter.

This edition provides updates from our field operations and partners and also tracks the progress on our 18 month European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Directorate General (ECHO) funded capacity building project to strengthen CCCM's field response and coordination.

17 Apr 2013 description

La salud, elemento esencial hoy y luego de 2015

Un desastre, antes que todo, está relacionado al impacto sobre el ser humano en su estado de bienestar físico, mental y social. La destrucción, incluso si fuera súbita y masiva, no es un desastre si no existe repercusión sobre la población. En este contexto, los servicios de salud son esenciales, 24 horas al día y 7 días a la semana, para todas las mujeres y hombres en cualquier lugar del mundo.

15 Apr 2013 description

Health, an Essential Element Now and Beyond 2015

A disaster, above all, relates to people as it affects their state of physical, mental and social wellbeing. Destruction, even if it is sud- den and massive, is not a disaster unless there are repercussions for the population. In this context, health services are essential 24/7, for all women and men, anywhere in the world.

01 Nov 2012 description

The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. At times, El Niño meteorological events and poor land use management exacerbate the effects of potential hazards. Several countries in the region also remain vulnerable to civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts. Between Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 and FY 2012, USAID’s Office of U.S.

18 Apr 2012 description
report World Bank

Escrito por Niels Holm-Nielsen

No hay dos terremotos en el mundo que causen igual daño, de acuerdo a los científicos. Esto es particularmente cierto en América Latina, una tierra de contrastes.

Mientras que en el 2010 un terremoto de grado 7 en la escala de Richter desoló a Haití, cobrando casi un cuarto de millón de vidas, en México, hace unas pocas semanas, un terremoto de similar magnitud (7.4) apenas causó grietas y unos pocos heridos.

18 Apr 2012 description
report World Bank

By Niels Holm-Nielsen

No two earthquakes in the world cause equal damage, according to scientists. This is particularly true in Latin America, a land of contrasts.

Whereas in 2010, an earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter scale ravaged Haiti, claiming nearly a quarter of a million lives, a few weeks ago in Mexico, an earthquake of similar magnitude (7.4) caused only a few cracks and minor injuries.

23 Feb 2012 description
report AlterPresse

Par Wooldy Edson Louidor

Bogotá (Colombie), 23 fév. 2012 [AlterPresse] --- Face aux inondations dues aux débordements des deux fleuves Acre et Yaverija après d’intenses pluies, l’état d’urgence a été déclaré dans la localité péruvienne d’Iñapari, où se trouvent bloqués 274 migrants haïtiens depuis plus d’un mois à la frontière commune avec le Brésil et la Bolivie.

Les Haïtiens ont été déplacés de la paroisse d’Iñapari, où ils vivaient depuis leur arrivée, vers une école située dans une zone élevée, à l’abri des inondations.

17 Jan 2012 description


 BRASIL: El gobierno asignó US$40 millones en asistencia para los afectados por las inundaciones.

 COLOMBIA: Con más de 1.2 millones de afectados, tres departamentos del pacifico están en alerta por lluvias.

 HAITÍ: 520,000 personas aún viven en campamentos. Se requiere de US$232 para asistencia.

17 Jan 2012 description


 BRAZIL: The Government allocated US$40 million to assist people affected by the floods.

 COLOMBIA: Over 1.2 million people affected, three departments in the Pacific remain under alert for rains.

 HAITÍ: More than 520,000 still living in camps. $232 million is needed for humanitarian assistance.

30 Nov 2011 description

On November 23rd 2011 a special issue of Intervention, 'the International Journal of Mental Health, Psychosocial Work and Counselling in Areas of Armed Conflict' will be published. This issue contains 220 pages and was financially supported by the UNHCR through an unrestricted grant. The theme of this issue is:

'The integration of mental health into existing health systems during and after complex emergencies'

16 Nov 2011 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

I. Overview: Recovery Framework

01 Nov 2011 description


Existe evidencia científica que confirma que el cambio climático ha incrementado la intensidad de las tormentas tropicales y sus efectos sobre la elevación de la temperatura atmosférica y de la superficie del mar. Si este comportamiento continúa agudizándose, en las próximas décadas, los países de la región - particularmente América Central, la Región Andina y el Caribe, estarán expuestas a precipitaciones más fuertes y sequías más severas.