Guyana: Floods - Jan 2006
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The Civil Defence Commission (CDC), which is the national body tasked with disaster preparedness for the country, this morning held a “Disaster Risk Reduction Coordination Platform Meeting” in the conference room of the Commission’s Thomas Lands office.
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On January 15 representatives at the policy making level will be meeting to discuss future actions needed for a standard Disaster Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA) system for Guyana.
The meeting will be guided by the recommendations submitted from a multi-stakeholder workshop organized by the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) on disaster damage assessment and needs analysis and an integrated web based management platform which began today at Regency Suites on Hadfield Street.
1.1. Background and objectives
This report presents the findings of the Guyana Country Assessment for the Caribbean Risk Management Initiative (CRMI), which sought to establish the extent to which gender is mainstreamed into disaster risk management and mitigation practices of the institutions responsible for disaster management.
Research was carried out between February and October 2008, and involved interviews with seven governmental, non-governmental and civil society agencies involved in disaster risk management, as well as a review of relevant documents.
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Guyana, located on the north-east coast of South America, is subject to Atlantic swells and high-intensity seasonal rainfall. The coastal zone, which lies near or below sea-level, supports 90% of the population and is the administrative, agricultural, commercial and industrial center of the country. As a result of the dynamic interplay between high tides, high rainfall levels, and a network of drainage and irrigation canals, conservancy dams and sluices designed to support agriculture, the coastal zone is at high risk to flooding.
THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,
This report covers the period of 01/01/2006 to 31/12/2007 of a two-year planning and appeal process.
Goal: National Societies in the Caribbean region are implementing efficient, responsive and focused programmes that contribute to improving the lives of vulnerable people.
This report covers the period of 01/01/2007 to 30/06/2007. In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.
Programme Summary: Developing countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean remain vulnerable to the impact of natural and man-made disasters.
Caribbean: Appeal No.
3. Disaster Response
In 2006, Latin Americ and the Caribbean were spared major disasters of the magnitude of Tropical Storm Stan (2005) or Hurricane Ivan (2004). However, many other emergency situations posed serious concerns and required substantial technical support from PAHO/WHO. A review of these situations in which PAHO worked with member states to respond to pressing health issues is provided below.
Unusually high seasonal rainfall at the end of 2005 caused widespread flooding in several Regions of Guyana in early 2006.
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In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.
1 - Rationale, needs and target population :
1.1. - Rationale :
The Caribbean region experiences multiple natural disasters. Tropical storms often take the form of a hurricane1, and the hurricane season lasts for six months. There are also floods, flash floods, tsunamis, landslides and mudslides. Some islands suffer from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The physical risk is combined with socioeconomic factors, such as high population density, fast demographic growth and great poverty.
The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org
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Georgetown, GINA, March 30, 2006. - Planting material and fertiliser will be distributed to cash-crop farmers in the Mahaicony Creek who were severely affected by the flood earlier this year.
This assistance, is one of the many initiatives being pursued by government to help farmers rebuild and is being undertaken at a cost of $8M. The distribution started in the Mahaica Creek on March 25 where some 250 households benefited.
This venture is being coordinated by the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI).
Director of NARI, Dr.