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04 Apr 2003 description

The European Commission has approved a €2.5 million Action Plan to help vulnerable groups in the Caribbean prepare for and respond to natural disasters. The decision will support disaster preparedness initiatives and response mechanisms. Funds will be allocated to international agencies operating in the region, via the European Commission's Humanitarian Office, ECHO, under the responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson. Since 1998 ECHO has provided some €6.8 million to the Caribbean through its disaster preparedness programme (DIPECHO).

08 Jul 2002 description

Silver Spring, Maryland - On June 25, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) office in Jamaica, West Indies, began assisting flood survivors in the parishes of Clarendon and Manchester.

12 Jun 2002 description


Production Estimates and Crop Assessment Division
Foreign Agricultural Service

11 Jun 2002 description

NOAA Climate Information Project

CHILE ( Flood )

OCHA reported that the worst rains in eighty years have affected the central part of Chile. Nine people died, and more than 41,000 people have been evacuated. Most affected are the regions of Valparaiso, Libertador General Bernando O'Higgins and the Metropolitan area. Over 171,000 people have been affected. Some 6,000 people are housed in shelters and 21,000 houses have been damaged.

07 Jun 2002 description

By Cristina Estrada, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
The hurricane season, from June to November, has commenced early this year with rain and winds causing floods and landslides in Haiti and Jamaica. Thirty-five people are dead and houses, farmlands and infrastructure have been damaged following storms that raged in the last days of May, coming earlier and with a greater intensity than is usual.

06 Jun 2002 description

This Information Bulletin is being issued based on the needs described below reflecting the information available at this time. Based on further updates and details from assessment reports, or should the situation deteriorate, the Federation will consider international support through an Appeal.

05 Jun 2002 description


Production Estimates and Crop Assessment Division
Foreign Agricultural Service

The traditionally rainy month of May included a deluge approaching 8 inches over some areas of Jamaica, in the Caribbean Sea just south of Cuba. Seven days of torrential downpour tapered off to showers by the morning of Tuesday, May 28, 2002, but at least seven fatalities, over 500 inhabitants in shelters, and untold damage was suffered on the island of over 2.5 million inhabitants.

05 Jun 2002 description


Wide areas of Latin America and the Caribbean have been affected by extensive rainfall lately. Among the countries hardest hit were Chile, Haiti, Jamaica and Nicaragua. Jamaica and Haiti were affected by a tropical wave that caused major flooding and landslides in parts of both countries. Heavy rains hit Central America and Chile causing major floods in urban and rural areas.

04 Jun 2002 description

KINGSTON, Jamaica, June 4 (Reuters) - Jamaica's damage toll from flooding and landslides caused by recent heavy rains could surpass $42 million (J$2 billion), government officials said.

Prime Minister P.J.

03 Jun 2002 description

Geneva, 3 June, 2002 - Over the last week, heavy rain have caused flooding and landslides in Jamaica. The most affected areas are the parishes of Clarendom, St. Catherine. Other affected areas are Kingston, St. Thomas, St. Ann, Portland and St. Elizabeth.

31 May 2002 description

This Information Bulletin is being issued based on the needs described below reflecting the information available at this time. Based on further updates and details from assessment reports, or should the situation deteriorate, the Federation will consider international support through an Appeal.

31 May 2002 description

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29 May 2002 description

DATE OF OCCURRENCE: May 23-29, 2002

1.0 THE EVENT

A broad surface trough over the island, associated with a low pressure centered off the coast of Honduras and extending northeastwards over the island of Jamaica, eastern Cuba and the Bahamas, has produced showers and isolated thunderstorms over the entire island since May 23, 2002.

2.0 AREAS AFFECTED

The Parishes of St Ann, St Catherine, Kingston and St Andrew, Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth and St. Thomas have been affected.

28 May 2002 description


Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2002/0102
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Jamaica - Floods
28 May 2002



Situation

1. Over the last week, heavy rainfalls have been affecting Jamaica, causing flooding and landslides, and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate. The most affected areas are the parishes of Kingston, Clarendom, St. Catherine, St. Thomas, St. Ann, Portland and St. Elizabeth.

28 May 2002 description

Port-au-Prince (dpa) - Heavy rains continued on Tuesday to lash the Caribbean region and Central America, causing flooding and forcing airports and schools to be shut down.

In Haiti, there were conflicting reports about the number of dead because of the rains. Radio reports said there were at least 16 dead and 10 missing while the government put the toll at 12 dead toll and 15 missing.

The hardest hit region after three days of torrential rains was to the south, Radio Metropole said.

27 May 2002 description

Arising from the extended heavy rains affecting the island, The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management ODPEM has received the following reports:

The Dunbeholden Main Road in St. Catherine, which connects Greater Portmore to Spanish Town is blocked. Motorists are being advised to use alternate routes.

Sections of the Belle Plain Main Road in Clarendon has collapsed while the community of Rowlandsfield in St. Thomas is isolated as all routes to that community are impassable.

FLOODING

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27 May 2002 description

KINGSTON, Jamaica, May 27 (Reuters) - At least 26 people died in Jamaica and Haiti in flooding and landslides caused by a powerful storm system that swept across the northern Caribbean, police and media reports said on Monday.

Jamaican police said six people were drowned in flood waters or were buried in landslides between Friday and Sunday as the storm, which formed in the western Caribbean Sea late last week, carried torrential rains across the island.