MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA:
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Oaxaca, Mexico, a region still recovering from significant damages after a September 2017 earthquake that killed hundreds.
Flooding in Guatemala and Panama and heavy rainfall in Honduras caused significant damage to homes and crops.
National authorities have responded by delivering food and dry goods to those affected.
MÉXICO Y AMÉRICA CENTRAL:
Un terremoto de magnitud 7,2 sacudió Oaxaca, México, una región que aún se recupera de daños masivos después de un terremoto en septiembre de 2017 que dejo a cientos de muertos.
Inundaciones en Guatemala y Panamá y fuertes lluvias en Honduras causaron daños a hogares y cultivos.
Las autoridades nacionales han respondido entregando alimentos y otros materiales de socorro.
AMÉRICA DEL SUR:
Situation in numbers
+357,000 children in need of assistance in Cuba, ECA, Haiti and Dominican Republic.
+39,000 children in need of assistance in ECA, with 20,000 children affected by Hurricane Maria in Dominica.
In September 2017, category 5-hurricanes Irma and Maria caused devastation and extensive breakdown of essential services across several Caribbean countries, leaving at least 1.4 million people
Between 15 to 27 of January 2018, 25 open collective centers were assessed during DTM Round 4 in Dominica. These centers shelter 352 internally displaced persons (IDPs) (114 households). 56% of the IDPs residing in collective centers have at least one vulnerability and the vast majority (96%) of the residents in the centers reported that their houses were damaged or destroyed. 16% of the collective centers do not have access to hygienic latrines and 48% of the residents mention a lack of privacy in the assessed sites.
By Mette Karlsen
Hurricane Maria caught the tiny island nation of Dominica by surprise in late 2017. As the hurricane passed over the country — only a quarter of the size of Rhode Island — 160-mile-per hour winds crumbled concrete walls and ripped metal roofs off of buildings. When Dominica’s 73,000 residents emerged from their homes the morning after, the storm had damaged or destroyed 90 percent of the island’s buildings.
Roseau – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is supporting the Government of Dominica to improve the conditions of people living in emergency shelters around Dominica after Hurricane Maria destroyed almost 20 per cent and severely damaged another 55 per cent of the housing stock on the island, five months ago.
The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team is part of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the international emergency response system for sudden-onset emergencies. UNDAC was created in 1993. It is designed to help the United Nations and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency. UNDAC, as a tool of OCHA, also assists in the coordination of incoming international relief at national level and/or at the site of the emergency.
Panama/Geneva, 09 February 2018 — Nearly five months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria lashed the island nations of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Cuba, long and at times uneven recovery efforts are underway to rebuild damaged infrastructure and resume basic services.
A REVIEW OF EARLY WARNINGS SYSTEMS IN THE 2017 HURRICANE SEASON TO HELP STRENGTHEN RESILIENCE AGAINST FUTURE DISASTERS.
An expert review has been launched into the effectiveness of early warnings in the Caribbean during the devastating 2017 hurricane season in order to strengthen resilience against future disasters.
Geneva, Switzerland, 6 February 2018
Distinguished guests, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Advisory Board Annual Meeting. Today, we will celebrate the achievements of UNDAC as it marks its 25th Anniversary this year. We will discuss how we can further strengthen UNDAC to ensure that it continues to be a nimble, effective international emergency response mechanism in a fast-evolving operational environment.
by Adela Suliman | @adela_suliman | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:26 GMT
"For all of those who thought for years... we were crying wolf (about climate change), well we've just been eaten"
By Adela Suliman
LONDON, Jan 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Caribbean island of Dominica, still reeling from Hurricane Maria last September, is on the "frontline of the war on climate change" and has only five months to prepare for the next hurricane season, its foreign minister said.
Hurricane Maria made landfall on the southwest coast of Dominica at 9:35pm on 18 September as a Category 5 hurricane, with 160 mph wind speed and higher gusts. The hurricane force resulted in intense storm surges, torrential downpour, overflowing raging rivers, and extremely high winds across the island left 31 people dead, 37 missing. 65,000 people, around 80% of the population, were directly affected and more than 90% of roofs were damaged or destroyed while power and water supplies were disrupted, and entire crops destroyed
This operations update no.3 provides updated information on the current situation in Dominica, ongoing assessments and a summary of key results achieved against objectives of the Dominica Hurricane Maria Emergency Plan of Action up to 15 January 2018.
The Emergency Appeal plan of action and budget is currently being revised and will be based on the new assessments findings a verification and revision on the number of beneficiaries to respond to the current needs of the affected families.
A. SITUATION ANALYSIS Description of the disaster
• The increasingly frequent occurrence of natural disasters due to climate change put the debt sustainability and socioeconomic stability of vulnerable developing countries at risk.
• The international community should review and enhance the tools available to such countries to maintain debt sustainability and mobilize resources for climate change adaptation and developmental transformation.
• Disasters represent both a crisis from which to learn and an opportunity to do things better.
Understanding the historical dimensions of disaster risk in the Caribbean, as well as future threats to the region, can help in identifying what needs to change.
• Building back better in Caribbean islands requires building resilience to multiple hazards. It also means integration across infrastructure, housing, economic and social development and environmental sectors, to strengthen resilience in all.
A Report by the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica
November 15, 2017