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Post Impact Report #3 - Hurricane Lenny

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Situation Report
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DAMAGE ASSESSMENT TEAMS AT WORK IN AFFECTED STATES

1.0 INTRODUCTION

Following on the decision to assist countries in expediting their respective damage assessment process, Regional Teams have been deployed to the affected States. Funding for this effort was made possible by the Eastern Caribbean Donors Group as provided for in their Operations Order. The CDERA Coordinating Unit is coordinating this effort on behalf of the Group and will serve as the information-clearing house for receiving and disseminating information from the field.

2.0 PRELIMINARY REPORTS

The Coordinating Unit has received the following preliminary reports from the teams deployed in the field:

Antigua

a. The disaster authorities conducted a preliminary aerial reconnaissance of the island of Antigua using the helicopter which provides the Montserrat/Antigua air link. The team included the Hon. Bernard Walker, Minister of Urban development and Renewal, National Disaster Coordinator, Mrs. Patricia Julian, representatives of the ABDF, Health Services and the Media. Their observations were:

  • Water level in pond situated north of airport had risen significantly.
  • Club Antigua, Runaway Bay, Sandals Hotels flooded.
  • Road sections washed out.
  • Severe beach erosion.
  • Mud slides in Crabb Hill, Orange Valley and Boggy Peak areas.
  • The damages observed were as a result of water with little wind damage.
b. The following report was received from the National Office of Disaster Services compiled from preliminary assessment conducted by the National Damage Assessment Teams which include regional agencies such as PAHO, OFDA, CDERA and private sector engineers.

The preliminary report includes the following information:

  • The road surfaces of primary and secondary roads washed away
  • One major bridge collapsed cutting road communication with southern part of the island of Antigua
  • Main pipelines of Antigua water system broken
  • Follies water pumping station damaged (supplies southern Antigua) - an estimate 20000 persons without safe drinking water
  • Stagnant water, increased mosquitoes
Officials of Government Agencies have agreed upon the need of some emergency assistance as follows:

Health

  • Immediate repair to the major pipelines broken
  • Rehabilitation of the pumping station
  • Purging of all major water supply pipelines and startup chlorination to disinfect the network
  • General cleanup, sanitation, de-watering of stagnant water from public institutions and households
  • Vector control campaign
Emergency items identified as immediate needs are:
ITEM
QUANTITY
UNIT COST
TOTAL COST (EC$)
Multi stage pump and 2 mls of piping
2
5000
10000
Granulated Calcium Hypochlorite (drums)
25
200
5000
Water testing kits & DPD reagents
10
100
1000
Malathion (drums)
5
2400
12000
Household bleach (gals)
250
3
750
Household water filters
900
40
36000
De-watering pumps
4
5000
20000
Double mattresses
650
225
146250
Rat poisoning (drums)
10
1040
10400
Plastic sheeting (rolls)*
10
Hand sprayer
25
120
3000
Water boots
80
20
1600
Coats
80
15
1200
Gloves
80
10
800
Respirators
80
40
3200
Household linen and bedding (sets)
650
50
26000
Building material
-
-
Garbage bags (cases)
300
50
15000
Geologist
-
-
-
TOTAL
-
-
-

*Authorisation to use supplies in warehouse required
blue items - provided by PAHO

Barbuda

An Assessment Team which visited the Barbuda yesterday (23 Novemeber) has submitted the following report through the National Office of Disaster Services.

  • 65% of island under water
  • roads severely damaged, with interior almost inaccessible due to soft soil
  • mosquito and yellow belly black flies infestation
  • residents unable to access their properties
  • ground water supply contaminated
  • 95% of agricultural industry destroyed (peanuts, vegetables, corn, coconuts)
  • cisterns contaminated
  • waste disposal problems - leachate in dumpsite leaking into water supply and into lagoon
    fishing and environmental sectors being assessed - report available November 25.
Emergency items identified as immediate needs are:
ITEM
QUANTITY
UNIT COST (EC$)
TOTAL COST (EC$)
Fogging Equipment & personnel
1
-
-
(55gal) drums of diesel
5
95
475
Multi stag pump and 2 mls of piping
1
5000
5000
Granulated Calcium Hypochlorite (drums)
7
200
1400
Water testing kits & DPD reagents
3
100
300
Immediate drainage
-
-
Malathion (drums)
2
2400
4800
Household bleach (gals)
75
3
225
Household water filters
300
40
1200
(5 KVA) generators
4
5000
20000
Double mattresses
50
225
11250
Garbage bags (cases)
100
50
5000
Bottled water (cases)
2200
6
13200
Hand sprayer
7
120
840
Water boots
20
20
400
Coats
20
15
300
Gloves
20
10
200
Respirators
20
40
800
Household linen and bedding (sets)
50
40
2000
Environmental Health Engineer
-
-
-
TOTAL
-
-
-

*Authorisation to use supplies in warehouse required
blue items - provided by PAHO

Long Term Recommendations

  1. Planning controls (development control/zoning) needs to be put in place
  2. Improved water distribution system needed
St. Kitts

The National Emergency Management Agency submitted the following preliminary damage assessment report for the island of St. Kitts. The assessment in Nevis is ongoing.

The urban areas, coastal communities, ports, sea defenses and road network suffered severe damage from flooding and wave action. The International Airport sustained no damages and normal operations resumed on Saturday, November 20, 1999.

The assessment in the agricultural and fisheries sectors is not yet complete.

The Hotel plant suffered water damage except Bird Rock Hotel which had extensive structural damage and flooding.

Flooding, wave action and high winds affected approximately 216 homes (families).

The total cost of the damages incurred in St. Kitts has been put at EC$111,844,000.00 or US$41,423,704.00. A detailed report which breaks down the respective costs by sectors is available at the CDERA.

Anguilla

The Disaster Preparedness Office in Anguilla has provided he following Damage Assessment Report and cost estimates. A total of 30 families were affected by flooding during the event.

The Tourist Sector is in the process of assessing damages to the hotel plant. A preliminary estimate of EC$135,000,000 has already been assessed.

The Government has set up a committee to review support for rehabilitation of housing.

SECTOR
COST ESTIMATES (EC$)
Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Utilities
1,331,000
Agriculture Department
490,000
Education Department
1,204,300
Recreation Facilities
650,000
Police Headquarters
80,000
Welfare department
255,000
Medical & Health
1,075,000
Roads
8,952,000
Sub-Total (Government)
-
Private Homes
4,975,000
GRAND TOTAL
19,012,300

FUTURE ACTIONS
  • The CDERA/CU will within the next four weeks visit impacted states and discuss the program of reconstruction and its support.
  • The CDERA/CU has been invited by OECS Secretary General to address the subject of vulnerability and its reduction at the upcoming meeting of OECS Heads.
  • UNDP has indicated its willingness to coordinate the recovery planning intervention on a regional basis.
    The ECAR Donors Group will meet on Monday, November 29, 1999 to consider the assessment and requests for assistance.
  • The next meeting of the Board of Directors of CDERA is expected to fully discuss the issues of CDM, including disaster reduction.
  • The US/OFDA initiatives to create a mitigation facility within the CDB may be an important first point of departure for financing hazard resistant development.
Following discussions with the respective countries and the preliminary assessments received the decision has been taken that there is no need to deploy the CDRU. Based on this, the RSS was requested to formally stand down the CDRU with immediate effect.

The CDERA Coordinating Unit will update the Lenny Post Impact situation as feedback from the other affected islands and more detailed information is received from the teams deployed in the field.

CARIBBEAN DISASTER EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCY
The Garrison, St. Micheal
Barbados
TEL: (246) 436-9651
FAX: (246) 437-7649
E-mail: CDERA@Caribsurf.com