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Washington, D.C., May 15, 2009 (IMF) The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund today approved a request for SDR 2.225 million (about US$3.4 million) in Emergency Natural Disaster Assistance for St. Kitts and Nevis.


Bridgetown, Barbados, May 15, 2009, (Barbados Advocate)
A change in the name and scope of the regional disaster management agency is scheduled to take place on September 1, 2009.

Co-ordinator of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA), Jeremy Collymore, noted that the change represents an important and transformational juncture of the organisation, as it becomes the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

Castries, Saint Lucia, April 25, 2009 - (NEMO) - Reacting quickly to news emanating from the World Health Organization, WHO, of cases of swine flu in Mexico and the United States, the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre - CAREC, called on Caribbean countries to begin immediate mobilization of key personnel to ensure that the region is ready to deal with possible cases of the flu.

Tortola, BVI, April 14, 2009 (DDM)- Predictions released by Colorado State University’s of leading forecaster, Professor William Gray, calls for an average hurricane season in 2009. A press statement issued by Professor Gray and his team said that based on the potential for a weak El Nino event and an observed cooling of tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures, the number of hurricanes developing in 2009 would decrease.

Tortola, BVI, April 06, 2009 (DDM) –Days after the Virgin Islands’ (UK) annual National Simulation Exercise tested the Territory’s preparedness and notification systems for earthquakes and tsunamis, a major earthquake hit the Italian Region.

Occurring early this morning while most residents were still asleep, its epicenter was located at 70 miles northeast of Rome near the medieval city of L'Aquila. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, this shallow earthquake measured 6.3 on the Richter scale. The death toll is now at 92 and climbing; 1500 persons are reported injured and some 100,000 people were left homeless.

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