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24 Oct 2018 description

THE NEXT TIME A NATURAL DISASTER STRIKES, JAMAICA WILL BE BETTER PREPARED

A $285 million contingent loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will bolster the nation’s response efforts and help protect its public purse.

25 Sep 2018 description

BACKGROUND

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) underlines that the Caribbean is particularly vulnerable towards climate related hazards and the projected impacts are expected to be devastating due to limited adaptive capacity of small islands and low-lying coastal states.

20 Jun 2018 description

Over the past 30 years in the Caribbean, floods and tropical storm damage affected 1.5 million people directly and caused over USD 5 billion in damage. The increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events stresses societies and natural systems.

06 Apr 2018 description

In 2015 - and for several years prior - drought was on the lips of every Jamaican as water shortages grew progressively worse. When the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) Project Team visited Jamaica a few weeks ago, Jamaicans were concerned about the heavy rainfall they were experiencing in a period which is usually dry. Such is the nature of climate change – unpredictable weather patterns.

20 Sep 2017 description

The Caribbean has been buffeted by an exceptional number of intense storms and hurricanes this year. In the space of just a few days, Hurricane Irma has been followed by Hurricanes José and Maria, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. Hurricane Irma formed near Cabo Verde towards the end of August and, according to the US National Hurricane Center, was the strongest hurricane on record to form in the Atlantic Ocean.

11 Sep 2017 description
report UN News Service

11 de septiembre, 2017 — Las oficinas en el Caribe del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) unieron hoy sus fuerzas para crear una Estrategia Regional de Recuperación en los países afectados por el paso del huracán Irma.

Entre las tareas de la Estrategia figuran la eliminación de escombros y desechos, la consecución de empleos a corto término de las personas afectadas por el meteoro y la rehabilitación de infraestructura comunitaria, tras el requerimiento de las autoridades nacionales en Jamaica, Trinidad y Tobago y Barbados.

11 Aug 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

KINGSTON, 11 ago 2017 (IPS) - La Oficina de Meteorología de Jamaica usa desde 2013 una herramienta de predicitibilidad climática para pronosticar sequías o lluvias por “debajo del promedio” en toda la isla como estrategia contra el cambio climático.

La herramienta le ha permitido a este país caribeño pronosticar de forma precisa varios períodos sin lluvias o de sequías, incluso el más destructivo de 2014, cuando se perdieron unos 1.000 millones de dólares en cultivos, que se pudrieron o se quemaron en incendios, causados por las excepcionales condiciones secas.

09 Jun 2017 description

By Tania Chambers, Jamaican Red Cross

In March 2017, the Jamaica Red Cross held a multi-stakeholder consultation with a view to identifying specific regulatory requirements that could strengthen the facilitation and regulation of incoming disaster assistance. Consultations were held with key state organizations such as ODPEM, the Office of the Prime Minister, Jamaica Customs and the Ministry of National Security.

07 Jun 2017 description

A UK-funded PAHO project will make safer and greener health facilities in Dominica, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia to deliver care in disasters.

30 May 2017 description

JAMAICA Earthquakes and Hurricanes RISK PROFILE

What is a country disaster risk profile?

An estimation of the potential economic losses to property caused by adverse natural hazards.

Country Disaster Risk Profile Applications

  • Develop key baseline data
  • Evaluate impact of disasters
  • Promote and inform risk reduction
  • Inform disaster risk financing

Country At-A-Glance

18 May 2017 description

NATURE OF EVENT

The Meteorological Service has advised that a Trough west of Jamaica has been influencing the weather conditions across the island since Saturday night. Satellite imagery and Radar reports indicated light to moderate showers across affected all parishes especially sections of central and eastern parishes throughout the night.

Current projections are for light to moderate and at times heavy showers, along with thunderstorms, to continue affecting sections of all parishes through to Thursday May 18, 2017.

17 May 2017 description

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is urging citizens to continue to be vigilant as the rainfall affecting sections of the island is expected to continue through-out the day. The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has advised that the Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for low-lying and flood prone areas of St. Mary, Portland, St. Thomas, Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland.

30 Apr 2017 description

Mr. Speaker…

• The Trough that affected the western Caribbean and brought sustained light to heavy rains to Jamaica since late last week, is expected to dissipate today.
• In the space of a few short days, a number of parishes have been affected by flooding and landslides, as a result of the extensive rains influenced by the Trough.
• In Clarendon alone Mr. Speaker, information from the National Meteorological Service is that almost 10 inches of rain was dumped on the parish in two days.

27 Apr 2017 description

By Latonya Linton April 26, 2017

Story Highlights

  • Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government are now assessing the full impact of the rains that swept the island last week.

  • “The intention is to use this information to implement a comprehensive Assistance Programme to restore dignity to our affected citizens. The details of the programme will be shared with the House in due course,” he said.

18 Nov 2016 description

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has advised that there is currently a frontal system located West of Jamaica. The system should be within the island’s vicinity this evening and forecasted to travel across the island tomorrow.

Periodic outbreak of showers in the North Eastern section of the island has resulted in incidences of flooding being reported in the parish of Portland.

Reports

29 Oct 2016 description

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has issued a Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St. Catherine, Clarendon, Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann. The advisory is effective until 5.00pm on Thursday October 27, 2016.

UPDATE

  • St. Thomas: The Johnson and Morant Rivers in the vicinity of the Hillside Community are in spate, persons are therefore cautioned to avoid the general Hillside area. The road to the Reggae Falls is now impassable.

27 Oct 2016 description

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has issued a Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St. Catherine, Clarendon, Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann. The advisory is effective until 5.00pm on Thursday October 27, 2016.

Projections are for continued showers and thunderstorms, which could be heavy at times, to affect Jamaica today into Friday especially across eastern and central parishes.

09 Oct 2016 description

Press Release #5 Issued on: Tuesday October 4, 2016 at 01:30 p.m

The Meteorological Service has discontinued the TROPICAL STORM WARNING for Jamaica. The island is no longer under threat of tropical storm-force winds as Hurricane Matthew continues to move away and weather conditions improve.