Hurricane Beryl highlights need for strong early warning systems — Global Issues

Beryl is The strongest hurricane It was the most powerful storm ever to form in the Atlantic Ocean in June, rapidly strengthening from a tropical depression to a Category 4 storm and briefly reaching Category 5 with wind speeds of 240 km/h (150 mph).

It made landfall in Texas early Monday local time as a Category 1 hurricane, bringing with it the risk of dangerous storm surge and flash flooding.

World Meteorological Organization (World Meteorological Organization) is a specialized regional center in Miami operated by the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Further vigilance required

The WMO also warned of an extremely intense hurricane season, with up to 25 named storms expected through November. 8-13 may develop into a hurricane.

This year, we need to be especially careful. “Record ocean temperatures in the Atlantic hurricane region and a shift towards a La Niña climate are creating conditions for increased storm formation,” WMO Deputy Secretary-General Ko Barrett said.

“This is what WMO and its partners Priority early warning actions In small islands under international law Early Warning Initiative.”

Jamaica’s “Sobering Photos”

As access improves, the full extent of Hurricane Beryl is becoming clearer.

The UN humanitarian team in Jamaica, where the hurricane made landfall at 5 p.m. on July 3, Report a “calm situation” of Widespread damage and destruction.”

More than 250 roads and critical infrastructure have been severely damaged by fallen trees, flooding and storm surges, and many homes have lost their roofs, according to a humanitarian bulletin released on Sunday.

“[A UN team] They visited Old Harbor Bay, Portland Cottage, Rocky Point, Alligator Pond and Treasure Beach. They witnessed many families in need of water, food, cleaning supplies, supplies to rebuild their homes and emotional support.”

An estimated 160,000 people, including 37,000 children, are in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Hurricane Beryl causes devastation on the island of Carriacou, Grenada.

‘Serious destruction’

Hurricane Beryl first made landfall in the eastern Caribbean on July 1, with islands report “Serious damage” and “significant destruction.”

“Exact figures remain difficult to determine as assessments are ongoing due to damage to logistics, power and communication services, as well as power outages,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OUHA) said.United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) said in a bulletin also released on Sunday.

Damage to the small airstrip and reliance on small boats has hindered logistical operations, complicating assessments and aid delivery.

In Grenada, the islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique and the northern part of the country are the hardest hit, and public transport links between Carriacou and the mainland are limited.

Union Island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines was also badly affected, with authorities housing vulnerable people in tourist facilities and assessing the damage. An unknown number of people have been evacuated from the island.

The UN responded swiftly

meanwhile, The UN team Support national and local authorities In a continuous assessment and support mission.

Expert teams from the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) have also been deployed to Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines to support the response.

In Jamaica, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEFThe UN Humanitarian Coordinator has finalized a response plan and submitted a funding request to key humanitarian donors to meet the immediate needs of children and affected families, and is coordinating with other agencies under the leadership of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator to prepare a joint appeal to raise emergency funds.


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