Sent: Friday, September 22, 2017 5:42 AM
Subject: EmIS 81/2017 – Dominica – Hurricane Maria
The Secretariat of the Caribbean Postal Union (CPU), on behalf of the designated operator of Dominica, the Dominica Postal Service, asks us to inform the designated operators of UPU member countries that all postal services have been suspended in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
As reported by the Prime Minister, many buildings, private and public, including the main general hospital and those serving as hurricane shelters, were compromised. There is no communication with the communities outside of the capital Roseau, but people who have walked into the capital from outlying areas report that all homes have been destroyed. There is no electricity, running water, or telecommunication services. There is an urgent need for tarpaulins and other relief supplies.
The CPU Secretariat, on behalf of the Dominica Postal Service, thanks all designated operators for their understanding. It will inform them via EmIS as soon as the situation returns to normal.
Updated 10/27/17: All services have been restored.
The designated operator of Mexico, Servicio Postal Mexicano, has informed the USPS that due to the earthquake that struck Mexico on Tuesday, 9/19, operations at Mexico City International Airport have been temporarily halted. The USPS is continuing to accept mail for Mexico and currently expects to resume dispatches on Monday, 9/25. Customers may anticipate delivery delays.
Further updates will be provided as additional information is received.
Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:45 AM
Subject: Situation in the Caribbean following hurricanes Irma and Maria
La Poste, the designated operator of France, wishes to inform the designated operators of UPU member countries that the extreme weather conditions in the Caribbean, strongly affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria, have seriously impacted its operations in the following territories: Saint Martin (French part of the Island); (SXM and SFG); Saint Barthélemy (SBH); Guadeloupe (PTP); and Martinique (FDF).
Situation on 20 September 2017 :
- Saint Barthélemy: all addresses with postcode 97133: no postal services available until further notice;
- Saint Martin (French part of the Island): all addresses with postcode 97150: no postal services available until further notice;
- Guadeloupe: all other postcodes starting with 971: operations heavily impacted; expect delays in delivery services in most areas of the territory. Flights to PTP are often cancelled and/or dedicated to first aid response for the populations of Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy;
- Martinique, postcodes starting 972: postal services are OK, but flights to this destination are also heavily impacted; expect delays and disruption.
La Poste will provide an update on the situation via EmIS in the coming days.
The designated operator of Korea (Rep.), Korea Post, would like to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries that there will be an unprecedented and unexpectedly prolonged operational stoppage for 10 days in a row owing to the combination of various holidays: Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving), Hangul Proclamation Day, and the specially designated one-time holiday which was officially announced on 5 September 2017.
The 10-day holiday will run from September 30 to October 9, 2017. With Monday, 2 October 2017 being designated as a one-time holiday, there will be an extended shut-down of the office of exchange, domestic mail centre and delivery office.
Korea Post is informing designated operators of this newly added one-time holiday with the understanding that most designated operators sending mail to Korea (Rep.) may not be aware of it.
Korea Post thanks designated operators for their understanding and cooperation.
Swiss Post (CH) would like to inform all IPC members that a landslide occurred on 23rd August 2017 and affecting Bergell/Egadin (Canton Graubünden) in the Eastern part of Switzerland is making it difficult, and in some parts even impossible, to deliver postal items in the postcode areas 7602 – 7610. Some households will stay evacuated for the next two months or even longer until the imminent danger of landslides has passed.
We'll update as information becomes available.