The World Bank is working with the Jamaican government and general insurance companies to develop an adequate and effective disaster risk financing strategy in the region, amidst concerns CCRIF SPC coverage is not sufficient alone to support the country in the face of major losses.
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Hurricane Matthew has now intensified into a Category 4 storm, with sustained winds of 130mph (as at Monday morning) and higher gusts, as it continues its westward track through the Caribbean. A northward turn has targeted major hurricane Matthew towards Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas.
Jamaica is seeking a greater level of cover from the Caribbean and regional disaster risk financing initiative the CCRIF SPC (formerly known as the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) as it works with the World Bank to enhance disaster resilience.
Our latest update on hurricane Sandy can be found here. As forecast, Hurricane Sandy made landfall on Jamaica as a category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 80mph. Fueled by warm waters around Jamaica Sandy intensified before landfall, lashing the islands shanty towns. After Jamaica, Cuba is the next destination to feel the full […]
Our latest update on hurricane Sandy can be found here. Tropical storm Sandy is the 18th named storm of the 2012 Atlantic tropical storm and hurricane season, a season which has now surpassed any of the forecasts for the number of storms which would form in the year. Despite this activity in storm formation, damages […]
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck just off the southwest coast of Jamaica on the 16th May. The event was felt widely across western Jamaica and it was the latest in a series of tremors to affect the Caribbean island. No extensive damage or deaths were recorded although the ground was reported to have shaken for […]
The Government of Jamaica has decided to extend the coverage it receives from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) to include cover for flooding and periods of unusually heavy rainfall. The Minister of Finance told the press that he expected the extension to the facility to come into effect by the end of January […]
Update, 9am GMT Friday: Hurricane Tomas has now passed Jamaica and is heading to Haiti within the next few hours. Winds have increased to 80mph and Tomas is once again hurricane Tomas. The forecast track for Tomas now takes it right between Haiti and Cuba meaning both will be impacted (Haiti more so) but also […]
*Update: For our latest on Hurricane Tomas please view this post. Hurricane Tomas has decreased in strength and has become a tropical storm again due to the effects of wind shear. Currently heading into the Caribbean tropical storm Tomas is forecast to re-intensify and regain its hurricane status by Friday.
Once again the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) has hit the headlines because a tropical storm has failed to trigger a payout from the disaster facility despite high levels of destruction and losses. Tropical storm Nicole caused heavy damage on Jamaica due to heavy rainfall but as it didn’t reach hurricane status Jamaica won’t […]