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Address by the Honorable Earl D. Deveaux, Minister of the Environment at the Opening Ceremony of the First Meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), May 25, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen let me begin by apologising for the absence of The Rt. Honourable Prime Minister who is finalising our country’s budget which is due tomorrow. I am deeply honoured that he has chosen me to represent him.  

The spectrum of disasters affecting the world and our region provide a compelling focus to your work and this meeting.  I will use two recent calamities – the earthquake in Haiti on the 12th of January and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on the 20th of April to illustrate the importance of your work.

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Opening Remarks of the Executive Director, CDEMA at the Opening Ceremony of The First Meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Sheraton, Nassau, Bahamas, May 25, 2010

Ladies, gentlemen, we are gathered as part of an ongoing process to operationalize the requirements and mandates of this re-branded and refocused agency, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

The convening of this, the first meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee, is a key step in this direction.  The organ has been repositioned to promote a deeper and more sustained involvement of Participant States in the identification of their priority technical assistance needs, the design of solution to these needs and in the full participation of their monitoring and evaluation.

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Three die in Dominica Landslide

Situation Report # 2 (Update) - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 as, at 12.00 noon
Three persons died yesterday in a landslide in Bayside, San Sauveur, Dominica.  The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) reported that on Monday 24, 2010 at approximately 8.45 a.m, a landslide triggered by heavy rains overnight buried a house and claimed the lives of a 43 year old man, a 76 year old woman and a 6 year old boy. ODM has informed that the bodies have been taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital, where autopsies will be carried out to determine the cause of death.

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Landslide in Dominica destroys one house

Situation Report # 1 - Monday, May 25, 2010 as, at 2.00pm
On Monday, May 25, 2010 at approximately 8.45 am local time a landslide occurred at San Sauveur, Dominica. This incident occurred following heavy rains in the area overnight. One house has been destroyed and three persons are reportedly missing. Their ages have been given as 70, 40 and 6 or 7 years old.

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CDEMA Technical Advisory Committee holds inaugural meeting in the Bahamas

Bridgetown, Barbados, May 21, 2010, (Bridgetown, Barbados) - The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management (CDEMA) will be convened at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, Nassau, Bahamas from May 26 -28, 2010.

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