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20 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Situation in Numbers

  • 39,000 affected children in need of assistance in Hurricane Irma and Maria-affected countries

  • 19,800 affected children in Dominica

  • 2,900 people in shelters in Dominica

  • 1070 children from Dominica and Barbuda estimated to be integrated in schools in Antigua

Highlights

19 Oct 2017 description
report UN News Service

19 October 2017 – Mere mention of the Caribbean conjures up images of pristine waters, beautiful beaches and fun in the sun. However, the images emanating from the region over the past couple of months have painted a very different picture.

19 Oct 2017 description

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has not been activated in response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean region. World Food Programme (WFP), in its capacity as global ETC lead, is supporting the response activities coordinated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

Highlights

17 Oct 2017 description

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 — 214 children from Barbuda received psycho social assistance, after the trauma of hurricane Irma, through the *Return to Happiness Programme* implemented from October 2-7 by 17 education specialists. The Saint-lucian delegation of volunteers, who successfully completed the first mission, will extend their operations to other affected countries.

14 Oct 2017 description

Governments in several Caribbean countries are starting to rebuild infrastructure, housing and communities after Hurricane Maria and Irma left catastrophic damage.

To help countries and communities respond, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is harnessing its core resources to support assessments, coordination and recovery planning in Maria and Irma-affected countries.

A dozen UNDP crisis recovery experts have also been deployed to the region and are immediately available to provide assistance.

13 Oct 2017 description
report World Bank

Washington, October 13th, 2017-- Leaders and representatives of CARICOM countries and territories, and international partners, including the international financial institutions, and the representatives of territories in the region, convened today in a high-level round table on recovery and resilience in the Caribbean hosted by the World Bank Group (WBG), as part of the WBG-IMF Annual Meetings.

13 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • GoCD, WFP, and relief actors distribute 150 MT of food assistance as of October 10

  • USAID transitions to early recovery activities as humanitarian conditions improve

  • Water and electric network repairs continue to progress, facilitating the reopening of markets in urban areas

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

13 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

Eastern Caribbean countries and overseas territories continue to respond to two devastating category 5 hurricanes - Irma and Maria - which left a trail of destruction in Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica and Turks & Caicos Islands. Dominica is one of the most affected, hence it remains a primary focus of humanitarian efforts.

13 Oct 2017 description

This report is produced by OCHA ROLAC in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 06 September to 13 October 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 27 October 2017.

Highlights

12 Oct 2017 description
report IRIN

A battle over land on the tiny hurricane-hit island will profoundly shape its future

Who owns Barbuda? Politicians and investors are taking advantage of the island’s devastation to grab land from people displaced by the recent series of hurricanes, residents and activists say.

Read more on IRIN

11 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN Secretary-General’s visit to Caribbean region underscores widespread hurricane damage

  • DART successfully concludes operations, shifts to regional team for transition efforts

  • USAID/OFDA relief commodities benefit an estimated 70,500 hurricaneaffected people

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

11 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

  • On 8 October, the UN Secretary General António Guterres visited Dominica, taking stock of the damage caused by the hurricane and the relief efforts of the government, the humanitarian community, the citizens and diaspora of Dominica as well as other Caribbean nations. IOM provided distribution and logistics support for a joint UN distribution of food and non-food items in Salybia, a vulnerable, largely indigenous community in north-eastern Dominica.

10 Oct 2017 description
report World Bank

“Hurricane Irma was so big that the entire eye of the storm covered all [160km2] of Barbuda.”

09 Oct 2017 description
report Samaritan's Purse

BACKGROUND:

During the week of September 5-September 9, category 5 Hurricane Irma caused destruction on multiple Caribbean islands. St. Martin/St. Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda, and Turks and Caicos experienced heavy wind and rain damage. After Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria moved through the Caribbean causing damage to islands such as Dominica and Puerto Rico. St. Martin/St. Maarten, and Antigua and Barbuda experienced less damage from Hurricane Maria due to the storm’s southward position.

HOW SAMARITAN’S PURSE IS RESPONDING:

09 Oct 2017 description

Washington, DC, 6 de octubre de 2017 (OPS/OMS) – La Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) está enfocando su apoyo a las islas afectadas por los huracanes Irma y María en la entrega rápida de expertos e insumos, en particular para las islas de Anguila, Antigua, Islas Vírgenes Británicas, Dominica, y Turcos y Caicos, según el Departamento de Emergencias en Salud.