Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2005/0181
Hurricane Wilma - The Caribbean
21 October 2005
This message is not an official hurricane warning or alert for any country
1. The National Weather Center in Miami reports that at 1500GMT today, the center of dangerous category IV Hurricane Wilma was located near latitude 20.2 North, longitude 86.5 West or about 35 miles (55 km) southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.
2. A Hurricane Warning is in effect from San Felipe to Chetumal on Yucatan Peninsula, including Cozumel and nearby islands. Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Warning remain in effect from west of San Felipe to Celestun.
3. Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for provinces of La Habana, Ciudad de La Habana, Pinar del Rio and Isle of Youth. A Hurricane Warning remains in effect in Cuba for the provinces of Matanzas westward through Pinar del Rio and for the Isle of Youth.
4. Wilma is moving toward the northwest near 5 mph (7 km/h). On this track, the core of Wilma will be over Cozumel during the next several hours and will be near the northeaster coast of Yucatan peninsula later today.
The following status report by country is based on information provided by the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Belize, Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica and Mexico, as well as national emergency management agencies.
5. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has declared the green phase for the entire national territory.
6. Alarm phase remains in force for the provinces of La Habana, Ciudad de La Habana, Pinar del Rio and Isle of Youth; the alert phase for the provinces of Matanzas, and the informative phase issued for the provinces of Cienfuegos, Villa Clara and Sancti Spíritus.
7. Up to this date, Cuba ha evacuated 373,929 people, of which 106,836 are students and 1,089 are tourists. Although most of the people are staying with family members, 15,306 people are in emergency shelters.
8. According to preliminary damage reports, in the province of Guantanamo, 501 houses are damaged and 20 kms of roads and two bridges are interrupted due to a landslide, and in the province of Santiago de Cuba, 255 houses are affected and 4 areas are cut-off due to flooding of two rivers.
9. Minor damages were registered in the municipality of Omoa, where people had to flee their houses due to flooding of up to half meter. Some roofs of houses were partially damaged and fishing boats were destroyed.
10. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is advising that relief assistance will continue today with the distribution of food and emergency supplies to isolated and affected areas.
11. New reports of flooding are still being received from the Scott's Pass Community in Manchester, where some residents were trapped earlier today.
12. The hurricane is heading directly to Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Cancún and Isla Mujeres. The city of Merida is expecting intense rainfall.
13. The General Coordination of Civil Protection declared state of emergency in 18 municipalities in the state of Yucatan and 5 municipalities in the state of Quintana Roo. With this measure, the Revolving Fund of the Natural Disasters Fund (FONDEN) was activated for the immediate relief of the affected population in both states.
14. A UN Interagency meeting was organized in Havana to increase safety and access to information.
15. OCHA has put an UNDAC team on standby and is ready to deploy in case required.
16. OCHA is in close contact with the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Offices in Belize (covered from El Salvador), Cuba, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica and Mexico, and will revert with further information as it becomes available.
17. For further information, please refer to the Website of the National Hurricane Service in Miami at www.nhc.noaa.gov, and www.solar.ifa.hawaii.edu/Tropical/Gif/atl.latest.gif.
18. This situation report, together with further information on other ongoing emergencies is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int
Telephone: +41-22-917 12 34
Fax: +41-22-917 00 23
In case of emergency only: Tel. +41-22-917 20 10
Mr. Ricardo Mena
Direct Tel. +41-22-917 455
Mr. Dusan Zupka
Direct Tel. +41-22-917 1645
(GVA) Ms. Elizabeth Byrs, direct Tel. +41-22-917 26 53
(N.Y.) Ms. Stephanie Bunker, direct Tel. +1-917-367 51 26
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