Jamaica

MapAction deploys to Jamaica

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On Friday 17th August 2007, Hurricane DEAN tore through the eastern Caribbean claiming a number of lives. It continued to strengthen to Category 4 as it passed to the south of Jamaica over the weekend causing considerable damage on the southern coast. MapAction has a team of 10 volunteers in Kingston providing situational mapping supporting the government and United Nations.

Late last Friday the Jamaican government made a request for international assistance to be in place before the arrival of Hurricane DEAN.

MapAction, the emergency situational mapping charity based at Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire, rapidly gathered a team overnight which set off for Heathrow airport to join-up with a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team for the Saturday evening flight to Kingston, Jamaica.

However, Kingston airport had already closed to all flights and so a team of nine MapAction members were finally on their way on the first flight into Jamaica on Monday afternoon.