Heavy rain over the last few days has caused flooding in parts of the Caribbean, including Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Haiti.
In Haiti, the Ministry of Interior issued a severe weather warning on 15 May saying that heavy rain could affect all parts of the country.
Haiti’s Civil Protection said that departmental emergency operations centres have been set up in Grande-Anse, Nippes, Nord-Ouest and Sud Departments.
As of 17 May, the Charlier, Mayamba, Tenturier, Dupuy rivers in Nippes department were all in flood, according to Civil Protection.
Reuters, quoting disaster officials, report that at least 5 people have died and 342 people were forced from their homes to stay in emergency shelters in Grande-Anse and Nord-Ouest departments.
According to European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), roads have been blocked and a bridge in Les Anglais and Roche-a-Bateaux, Sud department, has collapsed due to the swelling of the Mulet river, leaving all south-western coastal municipalities isolated. Flooding has been reported in the city of Les Cayes where a hospital has been flooded.
Flooding and heavy rain have also blocked roads and damaged bridges in the Nord-Ouest department. The city of Port de Paix has also been affected.
In Neighbouring Dominican Republic, flooding and heavy rain over the last few days have displaced 655 people and damaged over 100 homes.
Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias (COE) reports that around 100 homes were flooded in Laguna Salada municipality, Valverde province by a local river that burst its banks.
As of 17 May, the provinces of Valverde and Barahona were on Yellow Alert for possible urban and rural flash floods, river floods and landslides. A further 19 provinces were on the lower Green Alert.
Overflowing rivers have also flooded over 20 houses in Guananico in Puerto Plata province.
In Jamaica, the Meteorological Service advised that a Trough west of Jamaica has been influencing the weather conditions across the island since Saturday night, 13 May 2017.
By 17 May, flooding had been reported in the parishes of St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, St. Thomas and St. Ann.
Office Of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) reported incidences of flooding and landslides across the island with several roadways and bridges rendered impassable or reduced to single lane traffic.
ODPEM said “A number of major rivers across the country are in spate namely, Rio Grande in Portland, Rio Minho in Clarendon, Morant River in St. Thomas and Outram in St. Mary.
“In the parish of Clarendon, all health centres are closed and the majority of road network is impassable due to flooding and landslides.”
The Jamaican Government has been assessing the full impact of the heavy rains and flooding.
Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie says in the meantime, however, J$175 million (US$550,000) was yesterday made available to municipal corporations to be spent in the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester, Portland, St. Elizabeth, St. Thomas and Westmoreland.
WMO rainfall figures for a 24 hour period:
- Kingston / Norman Manley – 63 mm, 15 to 16 May
- Montego Bay/ Sangster – 63.5 mm, 15 to 16 May
- Montego Bay/ Sangster – 92.6 mm, 17 to 18 May
Heavy rain has also affected other islands in the region, including Cuba, where 50 mm of rain was recorded at Camaguey Aeropuerto in 24 to 16 May 2017.
In Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, 70.6 mm of rain was recorded in 24 hours to 18 May 2017.
Figures for a 24 hour period 16 May, according to Oficina Nacional de Meteorología de la República Dominicana (ONAMET).
- Barahona – 146.4 mm
- Mao-Valverde – 126 mm
- Juncalito – 74.2 mm
- La Isabela, Puerto Plata – 72.1 mm
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B - Les Cayes (Haiti)
C - Les Anglais (Haiti)
D - Port de Paix (Haiti)
E - Laguna Salada (Dominican Republic)
F - Guananico (Dominican Republic)
G - St. Catherine (Jamaica)
H - Clarendon (Jamaica)
I - Manchester (Jamaica)
J - St. Thomas (Jamaica)
K - St. Ann (Jamaica)
Kingston / Norman Manley, Jamaica - May 15 to May 16, 2017
Montego Bay/ Sangster, Jamaica - May 15 to May 16, 2017
Montego Bay/ Sangster, Jamaica - May 17 to May 18, 2017
Barahona, Dominican Republic - May 16 to May 16, 2017
Mao-Valverde - May 16 to May 16, 2017
Juncalito - May 16 to May 16, 2017
La Isabela, Puerto Plata - May 16 to May 16, 2017
Haiti - May 16 to May 19, 2017
Haiti - May 16 to May 19, 2017
Dominican Republic - May 16 to May 19, 2017