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15 Feb 2018 description

Summary of recent actions and changes to the EPoA:

• Rains continued in Alta Verapaz region in Guatemala, affecting communities that are preparing to face a cold front in Central America.

• Water, sanitation and hygiene promotion non-food items (NFIs) such as jerry cans and water filters have been distributed

29 Jan 2018 description
report Shelter Cluster


An objective of the Global Shelter Cluster WG on Settlement Based approaches in Urban Areas is to contribute to building a body of knowledge to promote and improve the application of settlement based approaches in humanitarian response.

This initial collection of case studies represents one vehicle the WG is using to further the discussion on settlement based approaches.

19 Jan 2018 description

Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of emergencies in the region.

11 Jan 2018 description

Heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Cyclone Ava causes flooding in Madagascar

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since November, rainfall has been belowaverage in South Africa.
    The early season abnormal dryness has expanded into several parts of southern and western Mozambique, Zimbabwe, eastern Botswana, and southern Zambia, where rainfall is forecast to be low during the middle of January.

10 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Regional Office 2018 Requirements: US$10,565,000

02 Jan 2018 description

Global Overview DECEMBER 2017

31 Dec 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Daniel Salazar

SAN JOSE, Dec 31 2017 (IPS) - Jazziel Baca lives in the municipality of Esquías, in western Honduras, one of the areas hardest hit by the southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis), which damaged almost 500,000 hectares of forest in that Central American country between 2013 and 2015.

31 Dec 2017 description

A. Situation Analysis

Description of the Situation

In November 2015, a group of more than 1,000 Cuban nationals were reported in the border area between Costa Rica and Panama in the community of Paso Canoas, Corredores Canton. Since these people did not meet the migration requirements to enter Costa Rica, a significant build-up of migrants occurred on the Panamanian side of the border as they began to settle in the streets, waiting on a solution to their legal immigration status.

20 Dec 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

SAN JOSÉ, 20 dic 2017 (IPS) - Jazziel Baca vive en el municipio de Esquías, en el occidente de Honduras, uno de los más afectados por la plaga del gorgojo descortezador, que dañó casi 500.000 hectáreas de bosque de su país entre el 2013 y el 2015.

Se suponía que la plaga que aniquilaba los pinos detendría su paso con la lluvia, pero pasaron los meses húmedos y nada cayó del cielo. Hoy, con menos árboles, contó a IPS que su pueblo tiene, también, menos agua, sus suelos están erosionados y algunas de las comunidades vecinas enfrentan sequías.

19 Dec 2017 description

Ayutla, San Marcos 19 dic (AGN).- El presidente de Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, anunció hoy la construcción de 200 viviendas para familias que fueron damnificadas por la tormenta Stan en el 2005 y que por ahora viven en casas de bambú o lámina, con el fin de brindarles un techo digno.

14 Dec 2017 description


14 Dec 2017 description

Tres Vientos Nortes en diciembre de 2017 y siete más para el primer trimestre de 2018 es el pronóstico de los expertos que asistieron al Foro del Clima Regional realizado en Guatemala.

En el mes de diciembre ya se registró el primero entre el 9 y el 11, donde la temperatura más baja registrada fue de 6° Celsius en Los Andes, Santa Ana. En enero se esperan dos; para febrero, tres; y en marzo, dos más.

De acuerdo con la perspectiva, la disminución de la temperatura que generen estos Vientos Nortes será ligeramente sobre el promedio al finalizar el cuatrimestre.

01 Dec 2017 description

The three Rome-based UN agencies will strengthen their commitment to move towards the Sustainable Development Goals, with an initial focus on Haiti, Guatemala and Colombia.

November 30, 2017 - The three United Nations Rome-based agencies - WFP, FAO and IFAD - are announcing a new alliance that will unite their efforts to support the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to eradicate hunger, malnutrition and poverty, boost rural development and move towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

30 Nov 2017 description

El desbordamiento del río La Paila en Corinto (Cauca) desencadenó un deslizamiento que causó seis muertes, 60 personas heridas y la pérdida de 139 hogares. Las inundaciones también afectaron carreteras, centros de salud y escuelas. Las autoridades han recogido los desechos y distribuido agua potable.
5,361 personas afectadas

30 Nov 2017 description

Flooding from the overflow of La Paila river in Corinto (Cauca department) triggered a mudslide that killed six people, injured 60 and destroyed 139 homes, per the Government. The flooding also affected road networks, two health centres and two schools. Authorities have responded with clearing debris and distributing clean water.
5,361 people affected

29 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank

Javier E. Báez, Alan Fuchs, Carlos Rodríguez-Castelán

1. Executive Summary

The region has made impressive strides in the struggle against poverty and income inequality The Latin America and Caribbean region has achieved remarkable economic and social progress over the last decade, gradually shifting toward middle-income status.

08 Nov 2017 description

WMO report highlights impacts on human safety, well-being and environment

6 November 2017 (WMO) - It is very likely that 2017 will be one of the three hottest years on record, with many high-impact events including catastrophic hurricanes and floods, debilitating heatwaves and drought. Long-term indicators of climate change such as increasing carbon dioxide concentrations, sea level rise and ocean acidification continue unabated. Arctic sea ice coverage remains below average and previously stable Antarctic sea ice extent was at or near a record low.