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Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief


After passing Haiti, Hurricane Gustav hit Jamaica with 70 mph winds. Emergency Operations Centers were activated at national, regional and parish level, and 37 Shelters were prepared in the Eastern parishes of St. Anne, St. Thomas and Portland. On August 30, more than 800 people were reported to be in shelters. There have been 12 confirmed deaths. Approximately 72 communities have been affected, particularly from flash floods and storm surges.

The Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Bellevue Hospital and Port Antonio Hospital reported damage from the winds and rain. Currently, recovery activities are underway. All health systems are functioning, although two hospitals remain without electricity.

Flooding continues to be a major problem, and the water supply affected. PAHO/WHO deployed an LSS/SUMA and a Disaster Specialist to Jamaica.

 Photos from Jamaica


 Location: Gordon Town, St. Andrew
Source: Shanti Persad, Jamaica Bauxite Institute.


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