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Hurricane Lili in the Caribbean

September 30, 2002


According to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and PAHO/JAM office passage of Hurricane Lili through the southern sections of Jamaica produced flooding and landslides.

The 50 Affected Communities are located in Kingston, St. Thomas and St. Catherine, where 4 deaths and 1 injury were reported. 700 persons are concentrated in 13 shelters. At present, no impact reported on health facilities and minor damages in housing. Several roads were blocked and a 10 mile bridge was reported as destroyed. Power lines are down in several places.

Due to continued sporadic outbreaks of rain and thunderstorms, flooding are expected in all parishes.

A PAHO disaster expert is on its way to support PAHO's Country Office and Health sector in damage evaluation and needs assessment.

The government of Jamaica has not requested international assistance.

SOURCE: PAHO/ JAM, PAHO/ BAR, ODP, Ministry of Health

October 1, 2002


Flood warning is still in effect for the entire island. St. Thomas and St. Catherine are the worst affected parishes. Floods and landslides cut off at least 10 communities in St. Thomas and Kingston. At present, the main national concern is to meet the needs of flood victims in shelters.

Health: Four persons reported as wounded, are in stable conditions. All hospitals and eighty percent (80%) of health centers experienced leaking and some hospitals are without electricity.

Water and Sanitation: Three of the major water supply systems are out of service. Repairs of one of them, Yallahs Fording, would take approximately 2-3 months to complete. High water turbidity, washed out latrines and raw sewage problems are experienced in several communities. Small working groups are coordinating the provision of potable water for isolated communities.

Identified health sector related priorities, being addressed by Ministry of Health with technical support of PAHO, are: Potable water provision, latrine replacement, disease surveillance and outbreak control, medical assistance and damage evaluation and needs assessment in the health sector.


October 02, 2002


Storm advisory lifted in all island. Approximately 1500 persons are still in shelters and numbers may rise due to developing situation. Government has NOT DECLARED disaster or disaster areas.

Health Infrastructure Damage
Cornwall Hospital is closed due electrical panel damage as a result of heavy rainwater. Two other hospitals in southern health district with ceiling damage and only minor disruption in services. Most leaking problems in health facilities were present before hurricane Lili.

Environmental Health
Severe mudflows resulted in blocked intakes at several water sources. Water turbidity is a problem in many areas. Excreta from pit latrines are potential source of problem. Vectors are also potential source of concern. Water table in parish of Westmoreland has risen leading to severe flood conditions that is likely to last for long time.

Ministries of Health, with technical support of PAHO, continue epidemiological surveillance, safe water control and public health advisories. PAHO's officers are working also in close relation with other national authorities and OFDA Disaster Team in Jamaica.

SOURCE: PAHO/JAM, PAHO/BAR, ODPEM, Ministry of Health, National Water Commission


Rains over western Cuba are diminishing.

316,000 persons were evacuated from flood-prone coastal areas of which 46,000 were sheltered in government assistance centers. There is no report of victims.

Isla de la Juventud and Pinar del Rio are without water and electricity.

More than 570 homes have been severely damaged in the provinces of Santiago, Granma and Guantanamo. (According to official information, the number of houses damaged by the two hurricanes approaches 37,700 of which 3,600 were destroyed.)

Texas (USA)

A hurricane warning is posted from High Island, Texasto the mouth of the Mississippi River, and a tropical storm warning from the mouth of the Mississippi River to the Alabama/Florida border and from Freeport, Texas, to High Island, Texas, including New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. In Texas, 330,000 people were evacuated. Hurricane Lili has strengthened into a major hurricane and is now rated as a dangerous category 3.