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Flash Flooding in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) on August 7th & 8th, 2017 as a result of the passage of a Tropical Wave

Bridgetown, Barbados August 9th, 2017 (CDEMA) – The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is currently coordinating cleanup and recovery operations post a flash flood event in the BVI on August 7 and 8, 2017. The flash flooding was caused by heavy rainfall from a Tropical Wave. Rainfall in excess of eight inches was recorded in certain areas. The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services issued a flash flood warning for the BVI the evening of August 7, 2017 and it remained in effect up till 2:00 p.m. August 8, 2017.

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CDB provides grant for implementation of safe schools programme in six countries

The Caribbean is vulnerable to multiple natural hazards, including hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. The education sector is particularly vulnerable, and over the last two decades, this sector has suffered major damage and losses due to the impact of natural hazards. The frequency and intensity of these events are projected to increase as a result of climate change, thereby posing greater threats to the education sector.

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CDEMA Information Note # - Tropical Storm Franklin - as of 5:00pm on August 7th, 2017

MESSAGE: The government of Belize has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the northern portions of Belize as Tropical Storm (TS) Franklin gradually strengthens.

THE SITUATION:

According to the latest public advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, as at 1:00pm (CDT), TS Franklin was located near latitude 18.0N and longitude 85.4W, which places it about 185 miles east of Belize City. TS Franklin is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue over the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the center of Franklin will be near the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula by this evening. Franklin is then expected to move across the Yucatan Peninsula tonight and on Tuesday.

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CDB approves funding to enhance Regional emergency response procedures

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) approved a grant to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to assist with the review and strengthening of emergency response procedures in participating states.

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Partnerships essential to building regional resilience to disasters

Bridgetown, Barbados July 24th, 2017 (CDEMA) – The importance of partnerships in building a more resilient region against the impact of disasters was the highlight at the official launch ceremony of the 10th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM10). The launch was held on June 30th 2017 at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort in Nassau, The Bahamas.

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