Disaster Management

  • Photo of Evacuation Order issued as activity intensifies at La Soufriere volcano, SVG

    Evacuation Order issued as activity intensifies at La Soufriere volcano, SVG

    St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves on Thursday issued an Evacuation Order for areas close to La Soufriere volcano, after scientists reported increased eruptive activity at the volcano. The evacuation order which takes immediate effect will cover the North-Eastern and North-Western parts of the island. Here is the Prime Minister’s announcement:

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  • Photo of After record Sargassum influx, CRFM initiates fact-finding study in CARICOM States

    After record Sargassum influx, CRFM initiates fact-finding study in CARICOM States

    The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has initiated a regional fact-finding study to document the record-breaking influx of Sargassum seaweed in the Caribbean Sea in 2018, and the impacts this phenomenon has been having on countries in the region since 2011. The fact-finding survey is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), that has coordinated official development assistance from…

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  • Photo of Value of Early Warning Systems to the Region highlighted at Climate Change Conference

    Value of Early Warning Systems to the Region highlighted at Climate Change Conference

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has been highlighting the importance of early warning systems to the hurricane prone region, at COP 24 – the Climate Change Conference taking place in Katowice, Poland. The CARICOM Secretariat’s Assistant Secretary-General for Human and Social Development Dr Douglas Slater joined an international panel discussion at the Conference on Tuesday to address the question, “After the…

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  • Photo of The Caribbean Reiterates “1.5 Degrees Celsius to Stay Alive”

    The Caribbean Reiterates “1.5 Degrees Celsius to Stay Alive”

    By Kenton X. Chance BRIDGETOWN, (InterPressService) – If there is one lesson that Dominican Reginald Austrie has learnt from the devastation Hurricane Maria brought to his country last September, it is the need for “resilience, resilience, resilience”. And it is not just because he is his country’s minister of agriculture. When the category 5 hurricane made landfall in Dominica, Austrie, then the…

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  • Photo of CARICOM saddened by loss of life after earthquake in Haiti

    CARICOM saddened by loss of life after earthquake in Haiti

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is deeply saddened by the loss of life following the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Sunday 7 October, 2018. At least 15 people were killed and more than 300 were injured. In a message to Haiti President, His Excellency Jovenel Moise, CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque extended condolences the families who lost loved ones. “The Community…

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  • Photo of Haiti struck by deadly earthquake

    Haiti struck by deadly earthquake

    (BBC) At least 10 people have been killed by an earthquake that struck off the north of Haiti, officials say. The magnitude 5.9 quake was one of the strongest to hit the Caribbean nation since a major tremor in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people. Several buildings are reported to have been destroyed. President Jovenel Moise has urged people to…

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  • Photo of Isaac expected to reach Eastern Caribbean islands Thursday

    Isaac expected to reach Eastern Caribbean islands Thursday

    A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique, and a Tropical Storm Watch for Antigua/Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts/Nevis, Saba and St. Eustatius.  However, forecasters say  Tropical Storm Isaac’s maximum sustained winds have decreased from 75 to about 60 mph (95 km/h) and further gradual weakening is expected during the next few days. The latest Advisory puts…

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  • Photo of STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE   ON THE OCCASION OF  WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY, 5 JUNE 2018  AND WORLD OCEANS DAY, 8 JUNE 2018

    STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE   ON THE OCCASION OF WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY, 5 JUNE 2018 AND WORLD OCEANS DAY, 8 JUNE 2018

    It gives me pleasure to bring greetings as the International Community marks World Environment Day on 5 June and World Oceans Day on 8 June.  This year finds both celebrations having synergistic themes namely “Beat Plastic Pollution” (World Environment Day) and “Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean” (World Oceans Day).  2018 also marks the celebration of…

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  • Photo of St. Kitts and Nevis receives support for hurricane recovery effort

    St. Kitts and Nevis receives support for hurricane recovery effort

    St. Kitts and Nevis’ post-hurricane recovery efforts were boosted on Monday, January 8, 2018 when the Government of the State of Qatar made a financial contribution to the Government of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. The financial donation of $300,000 was presented by Non-Resident Ambassador of the State of Qatar to St. Kitts and Nevis, His Excellency Khamis…

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  • Photo of CARICOM SG makes case for climate-resilient rebuilding of hurricane-damaged islands

    CARICOM SG makes case for climate-resilient rebuilding of hurricane-damaged islands

      CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque presenting remarks. Also at the Head Table are UNDP Administrator Mr Achim Steiner (l) and Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean Ms Jessica Faieta. CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque at the Technical Consultations for the CARICOM-UN High Level Conference at UN Headquarters, New York on Monday: We must…

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