? From September 27 to 30, heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Nicole resulted in flash floods and landslides in all of Jamaica's 14 parishes, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. As of October 4, the tropical storm had killed 13 people, injured 27 individuals, displaced 114 others, and caused bridge collapses, road blockages, and other infrastructure damage, according to the Government of Jamaica (GoJ) Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).
? On October 5, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Isiah Parnell declared a disaster due to the effects of Tropical Storm Nicole. In response, USAID/OFDA provided $50,000 through USAID/Jamaica to ODPEM for the local purchase and delivery of emergency relief supplies, as well as fuel for emergency vehicles. In addition, a USAID/OFDA assessment team consisting of two Jamaica-based disaster management specialists is on the ground to evaluate needs and coordinate humanitarian assistance with the GoJ and other U.S. Government agencies.
? Six named storms have made landfall in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries to date during the 2010 hurricane season, which lasts from May to November. In recent months, above-average rainfall has exacerbated storm impacts in some areas, leading to floods and landslides in areas typically unaffected during hurricane season.