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CDEMA deploys response teams to Bahamas and Haiti
Published on October 8, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version

On 6 October 2016, small towns all along the western part of Haiti suffered extreme damage from heavy winds and rains and on the coastal areas, storm surge. Hurricane Matthew passed over Haiti on Tuesday October 4, 2016, with heavy rains and winds. While the capital Port au Prince was mostly spared from the full strength of the class 4 hurricane, the western cities of Les Cayes and Jeremie received the full force sustaining wind and water damage across wide areas. Photo Logan Abassi UN/MINUSTAH

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The islands of The Bahamas and Haiti suffered severe impact from the passage of Hurricane Matthew. In efforts to assist these countries in dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has deployed two sets of specialized response teams.

At the request of the government of Haiti and based on priority needs identified, CDEMA deployed a six-member CARICOM Operational Support Team (COST) to Haiti on Friday, October 7, 2016. This team will support Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) coordination in Jérémie and Les Cayes, two settlements most affected by Hurricane Matthew. The team will be led by Brigadier General (Ret’d) Earl Arthurs and supported by technical personnel from CDEMA participating states.

Three Rapid Needs Assessment Teams (RNATs) were also due to be deployed to The Bahamas on Friday. The teams will facilitate damage assessments and needs analysis in Andros, Grand Bahama and New Providence islands.

The Regional Coordination Plan (RCP) remains activated and the Regional Coordination Centre (RCC) at the CDEMA Coordinating Unit has been activated. The CU has placed on standby other support arrangements for Haiti including the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU). Additional actions will be guided by damage assessments and needs analysis (DANA).
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