IGAC, the Agustín Codazzi Geographic Institute, UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Colombia, as part of the celebration of its 80 year anniversary, is presenting the sixth edition of the International Geomatics Week. This time the event will take place between 10 and 14 August of 2015 at the Wyndham Hotel Bogota, Colombia.
Between December 24 and 25, 2013, the eastern Caribbean islands of Dominica, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were affected by torrential rains which triggered massive flooding and local landslides. The Associated Press reported that on the three islands, there were some 20 casualties. The Prime Ministers of those countries declared the state of national disaster, and even the head of the Organization of American States gave a statement on the tragedy.
Tropical Storm Tomas has resulted in wide spread roof loss, downed power lines and fallen trees across Barbados. Over 17 inches of rain was reported at the airport. Approximately, 130 homes have been damaged, mainly in the parishes of St. George and St. Lucy, though damage has also been reported in the parishes of St. Phillip, St. Andrew, St. Joseph, St. Michael and St. Michel.
CDEMA is the regional disaster management body of the Caribbean Community. Its role is to be facilitator, driver, coordinator and motivating force to the promotion and engineering of Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) in all the participating states.