CARPHA de­ploys team to Ba­hamas in af­ter­math of hur­ri­cane

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

THE CARIBBEAN Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has sent a team to The Ba­hamas to carry out rapid needs as­sess­ment fol­low­ing the pas­sage of Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

CARPHA is part of the re­gional re­sponse mech­a­nism which is spear­headed by the Caribbean Dis­as­ter Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency.

The is­lands of The Ba­hamas suf­fered se­vere im­pact from Hur­ri­cane Matthew on Thurs­day, forc­ing res­i­dents to flee their homes, dam­ag­ing struc­tures, and down­ing power lines and trees.

CARPHA’s team will add its ex­per­tise to the water, san­i­ta­tion and hy­giene com­po­nent of the eval­u­a­tion. This in­cludes as­sess­ing Ba­hamas’ health fa­cil­i­ties and water in­fra­struc­ture. The team will also re­view the coun­try’s water and en­vi­ron­men­tal health con­di­tions, and pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions and con­sid­er­a­tions to in­form re­sponse ef­forts.

In 2015, CARPHA also car­ried out da­m­age as­sess­ment on the Ba­hamian is­lands of Long Is­land, Ack­lins, and Crooked Is­land, where ex­ten­sive da­m­age was re­ported fol­low­ing Hur­ri­cane Joaquin. The hur­ri­cane made landfall in the south-east­ern is­lands as a Cat­e­gory 4 storm.

Un­der its in­ter-gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment, CARPHA is man­dated to re­spond to emer­gen­cies in the re­gion, in­clud­ing pan­demics, hur­ri­canes, earth­quakes and flood­ing.

AP

A ham­mock hangs high in fallen trees on a beach at the strong­est point of im­pact of Hur­ri­cane Matthew on the south­ern shore­line of Nas­sau, Ba­hamas, yes­ter­day. Matthew tore roofs away, top­pled trees and caused flood­ing that trapped some peo­ple in their homes.

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