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CDEMA Conducts Country Visit to Virgin Islands

Tortola, VI, May 3 , 2010 (DDM) - Ms. Saudia Rahat, Senior Programme Officer with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is spending this week with the Department of Disaster Management undertaking a review of the Virgin Islands 2009-2013 Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy with a view to identifying the key areas that CDEMA’s Coordinating Unit can support.

Disaster Management Task Force for the wider Caribbean established

Bridgetown, Barbados, April 27, 2010 (CDEMA) – The First meeting of the CARIFORUM/OCT/FCOR/EU Disaster Management Task Force was convened recently at the Hyatt Regency in Trinidad and Tobago by CARIFORUM in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

CDEMA hosts Climate Change and Disaster Management Working Group Meeting

Bridgetown, Barbados, April 13 2010 (CDEMA) – The Third (3rd) Meeting of the Climate Change and Disaster Management (CCDM-WG)will be convened at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Coordinating Unit in Barbados on Tuesday 13th, 2010 and Wednesday 14th, 2010.

Senior government officials discuss strengthening of Sub Regional Coordination for disaster response

Bridgetown, Barbados, April 6, 2010 – (CDEMA) – Senior government officials of the Sub-Regional Focal Points (SRFP) under the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) system will meet in Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 to discuss the strengthening of coordination for disaster response in the eighteen Participating States.

Drought Information note

Several of CDEMA Participating States have been experiencing moderate to extreme dry conditions since January 2009. The situation is becoming critical as meteorologists continue to predict below average rainfall in the coming months. Several countries have reported marked depletions of water resources and the adverse effects the drought conditions are having on the agriculture sector.

Drought Alerts have been issued by the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) for several countries in south-eastern Caribbean including Barbados, Grenada, and Saint Lucia. Guyana,Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago are also on Drought Alert. These countries have begun implementing measures to curtail the effects of impending water shortage.

Concerns on the depleted level of stored water resources water and the existing dry conditions has led to the implementation of a water rationing system by the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) since early February.

Barbados has seen a decrease in foliage levels and a marked increase in the occurrence of bush fires compared to the same period last year. There are no water restrictions at this time; however authorities are closely monitoring the water resources. Click here to read more

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