Erika storm continues its path through the Caribbean

تم النشر: 29 أغسطس 2015 5:29 CET


Tropical Storm Erika was located about 120 kilometers southwest of the capital of the Dominican Republic, on red alert (maximum), and is expected that throughout Saturday morning will advance to northern Haiti.

So far the phenomenon has brought falling of trees, electricity poles and some billboards without victims so far. Civil defense continues with preventive evacuations, especially in neighborhoods on river shores, and most Ministries maintain full coordination. The National Meteorological Office (Onamet) said today that tropical storm conditions notice will maintain, the coast of the country is under red alert and all public and private activities are suspended.

Onamet reiterated that the weather phenomenon will come accompanied by strong winds with gusts and waves, as well as heavy rainfall in its way to Haiti. 

According to Onamet, it is expected to continue with this movement during the day with maximum sustained winds of about 85 kilometers per hour with higher gusts. ONAMET recommended ships to remain in port at all costs, because of unusual waves.

The accumulated rainfall expected for the Dominican Republic, will be ranging between 50 and 200 mm and could be higher in isolated locations. The government has ordered the suspension of public and private activities by Tropical Storm Erika as it passes through the Caribbean, killing at least 20 dead and 25 missing in Dominica, while in Puerto Rico caused heavy damage.

The government ordered the suspension of work in the public and private sectors. Education authorities have also suspended classes throughout the national territory. Some flights from various airports in the country have been affected by the phenomenon, while in the main streets of some cities long traffic jams at the exists and a high density of population in various supermarkets are observed.


Heavy rains are expected from Guantanamo to Ciego de Avila on Saturday, with winds that could reach 65 to 100 km/h, with gusts. This situation is related to moving towards the west-northwest of Tropical Storm Erika.

Considering the west-northwest trajectory, the possibility of heavy rain, it was decided to set the Cyclonic Alert Phase in the province of Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Granma and Holguin; and Information Phase for Las Tunas, Camaguey and Ciego de Avila.


The Disaster  and Risk Management National System (SNGRD) in the country has been activated for any eventuality, said Interior Minister Ariel Henry, who also said that for now they have moved to the Grand Anse department (northwest) and Artibonite (west), cargoes of mattresses, first aid kits, food and hygiene products and blankets, among others.

Finally, he said that the Ministries of Agriculture, Public Works and Environment have taken appropriate measures.

Red Cross actions

Red Cross volunteers in Dominica are conducting initial damage assessment and relief distribution in collaboration with the local fire and police departments in communities that are accessible. Dominica Red Cross indicates that current supplies include household items for 300 families and a limited number of hygiene kits and cleaning kits. Food, water and building supplies are required for immediate relief.

Digicel and Coast Guard have made available boats for access to communities that are not accessible by land. 

PIRAC reported that French Red Cross has confirmed permission to mobilize a budget to deploy 2 people to assist with damage assessment, as well as water and sanitation if necessary. PIRAC has reported that the Regional Council of Martinique activated the Caribbean solidarity mechanism to send resources to Dominica as needed.

Members PADRU and PIRAC teams will be deployed to Dominica in the next 24 hours to support damage assessments, develop an emergency plan of action and help the National Society with the overall coordination efforts.

For its part, the Dominican Red Cross has activated its Contingency Plan for Hydrometeorological events. Maintaining a constant monitoring of vulnerable areas.

Dominican Red Cross activated nationwide its intervention teams and the logistics that may be required for the response to Tropical Storm Erika.

Water, Sanitation and Health in emergency teams have been instructed for conducting emergency assessments in shelters nationwide.

Community orientation was implemented nationwide with the aim that people will store chlorinated water, thus preventing possible shortages in the wake of the event.

The program Restoring family links, prepares its teams of volunteers who speak Creole, for assistance to migrants who may be affected by the event.

Activation of Crisis Management Rooms at national level

Activation Coordination centers nationwide

Participation in the coordination with the Emergency Operations Center

Enable Radio Network Communications

Activating Intervention Teams Nationwide

Nationwide campaign on storage and rational use of water

Strengthening subsidiaries ambulance unit and technical staff

Activated equipment for initial deployment:

- 858 volunteers in the provinces of the Eastern Region, Santo Domingo, North and Northeast

- 60 community networks in the provinces of the east and northeast part of the country and 120 in the Southern Region

- 30 ambulance units with crew and equipment

 - 2 mobile Coordination Centers

- 2 light search and rescue teams

- 20 shelters handling equipment

- 10 teams of restoring family link

- Enable Network Voluntary Blood Donors

In the case of Haiti, the Disaster and Crisis Unit of the Haitian Red Cross was activated today at 8: 00 AM, beginning with the assessment of the situation to take the necessary decisions.

Three representatives of the Haitian Red Cross have been sent to work with the Department of Civil Protection in order to provide an efficient link with the crisis and the field. 8 teams of volunteers for a total of 86 people to conduct assessments and support the management of reception centers were mobilized.

The National Society will organize mobile blood collection at the National Blood Transfusion Centre, on Saturday August 29 in order to increase their stock.