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Haiti - Security : Covid-19 and hurricane season, a headache for the Government
02/06/2020 09:55:15

Haiti - Security : Covid-19 and hurricane season, a headache for the Government
Monday at the Primature took place the launch of the cyclonic season around the theme "An n prepare n pi plis toujou" (Learn more always), in the presence of Prime Minister Jouthe Joseph, Audain Fils Bernadel Minister of the Interior, of Marcelin Esterlin, Engineer / Meteorologist Coordinator of the Hydro-Meteorological Unit of Haiti (UHM) and the Civil Protection.

Marcelin Esterlin explained "From June 1 to November 30, will be an average period for the formation of hurricanes in the Greater Antilles [...] According to forecasts, Haiti could experience this year between 13 and 19 named systems, 12 medium hurricanes and between 3 and 6 major hurricanes."

Recall that, for its part, the team of Dr. Phil Klotzbach of the Colorado State University forecasts "16 named storms (gusts greater than 100 km/h or more), 8 hurricanes and 4 major hurricanes (category 3 or with winds of more than 180 km/h on the hurricane Saffir-Simpson wind scale" https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-30685-haiti-flash-the-hurricane-season-2020-more-active-than-normal.html

For its part, the "National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States" (NOAA) forecasts a cyclonic activity above normal with a probability of 60%. Between 13 and 19 named storms (against 12 on average) and 3 to 6 could become major hurricanes of category 3 and + with winds of 180 kilometers per hour or more.

"The Executive is concerned at the highest level about the hurricane season which begins and the health crisis which is raging with the Covid-19. The 2020 hurricane season will be active and difficult," said Prime Minister Jouthe, calling on the population to adopt preventive measures to limit the damage that this season could cause and urges caution.

For its part, the Alliance for Risk Management and Business Continuity (AGERCA) as a representative of Civil Society, underlines "while we are confronted with this global pandemic we must remain vigilant and follow up with the greatest pay attention to weather alerts and combine efforts. Some temporary shelters are being used or planned to be used to isolate people who may be carrying the Covid-19. However, in the event of an alert, people who live in areas vulnerable to the risks of flooding, landslides... are received in the latter. It will therefore be necessary to quickly address the problem. Recalling that the Covid-19 pandemic and the hurricane season to manage simultaneously is a "real headache for Haiti"

List of names of named storms and hurricanes for the 2020 season :
Arthur, Bertha, Christobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaias, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, René, Sally, Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred

Note that before the start of the season Arthur (storm) formed off the east coast of Florida (May 16) and Bertha (Tropical Depression) made landfall on the coast of South Carolina, 11 days later, with strong winds and intense rain.

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