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Overseas Aid: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 12 September 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which islands have received relief from the UK following Hurricane Felix. (155006)

DFID has assessed that the Caribbean islands affected by Hurricane Felix do not need humanitarian assistance from the UK.

Hurricane Felix caused minimal damage in the Caribbean islands and no loss of life. Some homes were flooded on the Dutch islands of Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire in the southern Caribbean. The hurricane also caused some tree damage and scattered power outages. In Aruba there was also little visible damage although there was a temporary power outage in a northern town.

DFID has also been monitoring the effect of Hurricane Felix on the central American mainland.

In Nicaragua approximately 60,000 people have been affected by the hurricane along the north-eastern coast. The government of Nicaragua and a UN disaster management team have mobilised five teams of humanitarian experts to carry out rapid needs assessments of the damage. The Nicaraguan Ministries of Health and Education, the Red Cross, the Nicaraguan Civil Defence, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) have begun relief efforts.

DFID is assessing the situation in Honduras. There has been heavy rainfall which may cause flash flooding and landslides.