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Latin America and the Caribbean - Hurricane Season 2007 Fact Sheet #5, Fiscal Year (FY) 2007

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U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

Note: The last fact sheet was dated August 28, 2007.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

On September 4 and 5, Hurricane Felix caused high winds and heavy rains across Central America. On September 4 at 0515 hours local time, Hurricane Felix made landfall 20 miles north of Puerto Cabezas, on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua, as a category five hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. By late September 4, Hurricane Felix had slowed in speed and intensity, resulting in heavy rainfall as it continued across Nicaragua and Honduras.

Prior to Hurricane Felix's landfall, USAID/OFDA pre-positioned 23 disaster response experts in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, and Mexico. USAID also provided $75,000 to support emergency preparedness activities in Nicaragua, Belize, and Honduras. Prior to the hurricane season, USAID pre-positioned with the Nicaraguan Red Cross approximately $45,000 in relief supplies to respond to emergency needs.

On September 4, the Government of Nicaragua (GON) requested international assistance for the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN), and U.S. Ambassador Paul A. Trivelli declared a disaster due to the effects of the hurricane. In response, USAID/OFDA provided an initial $150,000 through USAID/Nicaragua to support emergency relief activities.

On September 4, Hurricane Henriette struck Los Cabos, on the southern tip of Mexico's Baja Peninsula, as a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Hurricane Henriette is expected to make landfall on mainland Mexico on the afternoon of September 5. To date, there have been reports of minimal damage.

NUMBERS AT A GLANCE
SOURCE
Belize 1,675 displaced
1,500 houses damaged
Government of Belize - August 22, 2007
Dominica 2 dead, 30 injured
1,500 houses damaged
PAHO - August 21, 2007
CDERA(1) - August 21, 2007
Dominican Republic 1 dead, 300 houses destroyed or partially destroyed, 1,600 persons in shelters PAHO(2)- August 21, 2007
Haiti 9 dead
4,151 families affected
OCHA(3) - August 24, 2007
IFRC(4) - August 26, 2007
Honduras 40,000 evacuated OCHA- Septemeber 5 2007
Jamaica 4 dead, 1,188 people in 52 shelters 3,207 houses damaged ODPEM(5), August 24, 2007
USAID Assessment Team - August 21, 2007
Martinique 1 dead OCHA- August 24, 2007
Mexico 9 dead, 253,000 affected in Puebla State
30,000 houses damaged in Quintana Roo State
Government of Mexico - August 26, 2007
Nicaragua 3 dead, 5,400 homes damaged, 38,000 homeless, 13,132 evacuated GON - September 5, 2007
Saint Lucia 1 dead OCHA- August 24, 2007

*Number expected to increase as assessments continue.

FY 2007 Humanitarian Funding to Date

USAID/OFDA Assistance to Belize: $161,954
USAID/OFDA Assistance to Dominica: $85,648
USAID/OFDA Assistance to Jamaica: $572,243
USAID/OFDA Assistance to Mexico: $250,000
USAID/OFDA Assistance to Honduras: $25,000
USAID/OFDA Assistance to Nicaragua: $175,000
USAID/OFDA Assistance to St. Lucia: $40,432
Total USAID Humanitarian Assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean for Hurricane Dean: $1,310,277

Notes:

(1) Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA)

(2) Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

(3) U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA)

(4) The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

(5) The Government of Jamaica's Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM)