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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).

14 Sep 2016 description

Latin America and the Caribbean is a diverse region and does not follow a single pattern of development. This Report is separated into two volumes which share the same narrative: the Regional Human Development Report – the first volume – covers the entire region, while deepening the analysis on Latin America; and this current Caribbean Human Development Report – the second volume – approaches the multidimensional challenges of sustainable development and human progress taking into consideration the particularities of the Caribbean.

24 Jun 2016 description

The timely availability of aerial imagery of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, combined with existing open source imagery and census data, allowed analysts to determine with precision where assistance was needed. The ability of drones to acquire the imagery depended on pilots gaining access to the affected areas, but did not require the clear skies necessary for the effective use of satellite imagery, and the drones accomplished the task seven days before the satellites.


31 Mar 2016 description


Smallholder farmers produce almost half the world’s food. Nevertheless, in developing countries many farming families live in poverty. Although in Switzerland farmers whose crops are destroyed by hail can claim compensation from their insurance companies, this is not the case with the overwhelming majority of smallholder farmers in developing countries. For them, floods, droughts or other extreme meteorological phenomena cause the loss of a large part of their livelihoods.

23 Feb 2016 description
report Medair

Six years after a devastating earthquake left Haiti in ruins, Medair has concluded its work in the country.

The earthquake that struck in January 2010 killed or injured more than 500,000 people in a matter of minutes. So many homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed that more than one million people were left homeless. Within days, Medair sent an emergency response team to assess how we could help.

22 May 2015 description


The complex and unique context of Cuba also affects the development of the Cuban Red Cross (CRC) in respect to the diversification of its financing, the modernization of its management and facilities and the implementation of its activities. The 2014 plan took this into consideration, as did the activities planned in the 2014-15 country plan.

15 May 2015 description

By Maydelis Gomez

SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba, May 15, 2015 – The United Nations has unveiled a multimedia application that showcases the work done to help Santiago de Cuba to recover from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which lashed the island’s second-largest province in October 2012.

06 Apr 2015 description

UMCOR is working with the Methodist Church in Cuba to rebuild 100 homes and 21 churches

By David Tereshchuk*

March 31, 2015—Warmer relations between Cuba and the United States may be news to international observers, but for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), close collaboration with the Methodist Church in Cuba has undergirded successful disaster recovery work on the island since 2012, following Hurricane Sandy.

27 Jan 2015 description

La terminal de contenedores del Puerto “Guillermón Moncada” en Santiago de Cuba quedará iluminada con una donación del Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA). La instalación de este nuevo sistema de luminarias forma parte del proyecto que se lleva a cabo para la recuperación de esta importante instalación portuaria, severamente dañada tras el paso del huracán Sandy.

02 Jan 2015 description

Human mobility is influenced by environmental change and natural disasters. Researchers have used trip distance distribution, radius of gyration of movements, and individuals' visited locations to understand and capture human mobility patterns and trajectories. However, our knowledge of human movements during natural disasters is limited owing to both a lack of empirical data and the low precision of available data. Here, we studied human mobility using high-resolution movement data from individuals in New York City during and for several days after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

26 Oct 2014 description
report Government of Cuba

Con el 56 % de las afectaciones resueltas, la mayor tensión se centra en la ejecución de viviendas

Autor: Eduardo Palomares Calderón | palomares@granma.cu

Santiago de Cuba.—A dos años del paso del huracán Sandy, tras haberse solucionado el 56 % de las afectaciones registradas, la recuperación de Santiago de Cuba se adentra en su etapa más compleja, mediante una estrategia que asegura el avance sistemático en todos los sectores y la atención hasta el último de los damnificados.

22 Oct 2014 description

This Final Report represents an overview of the Sandy Operation from 31 October 2012 to 31 May 2014.

Appeal target: The budget was 4,227,003 Swiss francs (CHF). The total expenditure was 4,226,473 CHF, and the closing balance of the Sandy Operation was 0 CHF.

Appeal coverage: 100%

Appeal history:

27 Sep 2014 description


The Americas zone of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) comprises of the zone office in Panama City, four IFRC coordination offices covering Guatemala and El Salvador; Honduras and Nicaragua; Costa Rica and Panama and the Dominican Republic and Cuba, three IFRC country representations in Haiti; Chile and Paraguay; and Argentina and Uruguay. There are also two regional representations for the Andean region and the English-speaking Caribbean.

24 Jul 2014 description

Period covered by this operation update:
November 2013 to March 2014.

Appeal target (current): The overall budget is 276,366,942 Swiss francs including the Emergency Response Units (ERUs) value. The current appeal target without the ERUs value is 241,515,052 Swiss francs.