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07 Dec 2018 description

Summary of modifications from revised Emergency Plan of Action

This 12-month operations update provides an overview of consolidated achievements delivered through the operation in Dominica. The operation has been extended by 3 months (with a new end date of 31 March 2019) to complete the DRR activities funded by the appeal.

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

1) The operation was extended from 15 to 18 months; the new operation end date is 31 March 2019.

06 Dec 2018 description

Release Number: 307

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA has awarded more than $64 million to Puerto Rico to cover costs related to Hurricane Maria.

These awards bring to $4.6 billion the amount of funds obligated under FEMA’s Public Assistance program.

The latest grants approved are as follows:

  • More than $44 million to the Puerto Rico Department of Education for debris removal and emergency protective measures.

05 Dec 2018 description
report Germanwatch

Who suffers Most from Extreme Weather Events? Weather-related Loss Events in 2017 and 1998 to 2017

The Global Climate Risk Index 2019 analyses to what extent countries and regions have been affected by impacts of weather-related loss events (storms, floods, heat waves etc.). The most recent data available — for 2017 and from 1998 to 2017 — were taken into account.

The countries and territories affected most in 2017 were Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka as well as Dominica. For the period from 1998 to 2017 Puerto Rico, Honduras and Myanmar rank highest.

01 Dec 2018 description

Hurricane Maria impacted the Caribbean nation of Dominica on September 18, 2017 as a category 5 hurricane causing death, destruction and despair to the country of 70,000 people. However the story following Hurricane Maria is more than the overwhelming impact on the country and its people, but also about recovery, community resilience and self help.

30 Nov 2018 description
report Direct Relief

Alex Rodriguez and the group, Por Los Nuestros, are working to bring clean water to communities in Puerto Rico.

By Lara Cooper November 29, 2018 9:23 am

When Alex Rodriguez learned of the death of a man from his hometown in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, he didn’t see another tally in Hurricane Maria’s human toll. He saw himself.

“I knew where he came from,” Rodriguez said. “He was 27 years old when [he] died, the same age as me when Maria struck.”

23 Nov 2018 description

DELEGATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION TO BARBADOS, THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN STATES, THE OECS, AND CARICOM/CARIFORUM

Friday, November 23, 2018 — The European Union is releasing to Dominica EC$24 million (7.7M euros), the first tranche of a total of EC$34 million (11M euros), as part of its contribution to the reconstruction of the country following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria last year (2017).

19 Nov 2018 description

Habitat passes 22 million people served in record-setting year providing affordable housing solutions around the world

The nonprofit’s 2018 annual report highlights impact in the U.S. and in more than 70 other countries

19 Nov 2018 description

This Study sought to review the efforts of the private sector, in the Virgin Islands and Dominica impacted by hurricanes Irma and Maria, in preparing for, responding to and recovering from these events.

The Study provides:

i. An understanding of BCP and business continuity management (BCM) practice in the private sector in BVI and Dominica.

ii. Improved information on resilience, reconstruction and capacity building initiatives of the private sector to inform practice and address gaps.

14 Nov 2018 description
report UN News Service

With Small Island Developing States (SIDS) bearing the brunt of economic losses from climate change, making them more resilient to extreme weather events must be a priority, said Inga Rhonda King, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), speaking at UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday.

13 Nov 2018 description

PUNTA SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico – Recovery progress is perhaps more obvious here than elsewhere on the island as Punta Santiago sheds the moniker “Apocalypse Beach” locals adopted after Hurricane María.

It was here, a 20-minute drive from where Hurricane María made landfall, the words “Necesitamos agua/comida,” or “We need water and food,” were chalked onto the asphalt. An image of this desperate call for help made national news.

10 Nov 2018 description
report Government of Haiti

Les points saillants

  • Hausse d’environ 8 % du coût du panier au cours du dernier trimestre de 2017 et de 9 % en en glissement annuel due particulièrement à la hausse de plus de 10 % des prix du maïs importé, du riz local, du haricot rouge.

  • Tendance à la hausse sur le marché d’exportation américain du prix du riz tandis que ceux du maïs et du blé sont relativement stables au cours du 2e semestre de l’année.

29 Oct 2018 description
report Grassroots

BY: HEATHER GIES | OCTOBER 29, 2018

Even before Hurricane Maria devastated the island back in September 2017, Puerto Rico already imported 85 percent of its food. Local farming declined decades ago amid U.S.-led industrialization on the island, following a shift away from diversified small-scale farms to plantation agriculture. An ailing economy, austerity, and the fact that 44 percent of Puerto Ricans lived below the poverty line all deepened household food insecurity.

18 Oct 2018 description

Release Number:
291

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA has awarded nearly $46 million in additional grants to cover Hurricane María-related expenses. These awards bring the total amount of funds obligated under the agency’s Public Assistance program to $3.9 billion.

The grants approved are distributed as follows:

  • Nearly $14.4 million to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and Wisconsin Electric Power Company for emergency protective measures

12 Oct 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Kenton X. Chance

BRIDGETOWN, Oct 12 2018 (IPS) - If there is one lesson that Dominican Reginald Austrie has learnt from the devastation Hurricane Maria brought to his country last September, it is the need for “resilience, resilience, resilience”.

And it is not just because he is his country’s minister of agriculture.

When the category 5 hurricane made landfall in Dominica, Austrie, then the country’s minister of housing, was weeks away from harvest time at his two-acre farm where he had 800 plantain trees, in addition to yams.

03 Oct 2018 description

Highlights

  • With the next general election due within a year, the political climate in Dominica has shifted slightly and subtle campaign efforts can be observed from all political parties. Radio shows, community meetings and the like are more popular and some reconstruction efforts in specific communities have been attributed to political affiliation.

01 Oct 2018 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, October 1, 2018— The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today a US$31 million additional financing to an ongoing project from the International Development Association for building resilient infrastructure and strengthening the government’s capacity to manage disaster risks in the Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, which was hit by Hurricane Maria just over a year ago.

27 Sep 2018 description

Release Number: NR 284

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA has awarded nearly $56 million in grants to cover Hurricane María-related expenses. The funds cover costs for emergency protective measures and debris removal.

Emergency protective measures are actions taken to eliminate or lessen immediate threats either to lives, public health or safety, or significant additional damage to public or private property in a cost-effective manner.

The grants approved are allocated as follows:

26 Sep 2018 description

UN Headquarters, New York, 26 September 2018

As delivered

Let me offer five points of summary from the discussion.

Firstly, CERF is the first and aspires to continue to be the fastest. It was the first contributor to the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of Congo in March/April this year. Just a few days after the massive influx of Rohingya to Cox’s Bazar from 25th August last year, CERF was one of the first to make an allocation. And CERF was one of the first to leverage funds for the hurricanes in the Caribbean last September.

25 Sep 2018 description

Debarati Guha-Sapir, professor, Francesco Checchi, professor

Science must prevail

25 Sep 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

The Latin America and Caribbean region is increasingly impacted by natural disasters as well as population movements. In 2017, more than 15.6 million people - including 8 million children were affected by natural disasters. Hurricanes resulted in aggravating the humanitarian situation of more than 1.4 million people in Cuba, Haiti and the Eastern Caribbean islands. Mexico was severely hit by two major earthquakes in September 2017, while floods and landslides further exacerbated the needs of vulnerable children and their families in Colombia and Peru.