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28 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Critical USAID/OFDA relief supplies arrive in Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Sint Maarten

  • JTF-LI supports DART to ensure relief reaches isolated Dominican communities as quickly as possible

  • USG international humanitarian assistance to the Caribbean totals nearly $10 million

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

27 Sep 2017 description

This document has been prepared to provide information to Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, the IFRC and their partners on the CARICOM institutional and legal framework for regional humanitarian response in case of disaster, which is currently being tested in the context of the response to Category 5 Hurricane IRMA and Category 4 Hurricane MARIA that strongly impacted the Caribbean region.

27 Sep 2017 description

SYNOPSIS OF HURRICANE MARIA

Maria, the 13th named hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, became a category 5 hurricane near the Leeward Islands on Monday September 18 th, 2017. Hurricane Maria impacted Dominica at approximately 9:35pm on September 18 th as an extremely strong hurricane with wind speeds of 155 mph. Maria then impacted Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis on September 19th, 2017 and the Virgin Islands September 19 – 20, 2017.

27 Sep 2017 description

Record-breaking Hurricane Irma swept through the Caribbean during 6-8 September, wreaking unprecedented multi-island havoc. In Barbuda, Sint Maarten and the British Virgin Islands, approximately 90% of buildings have been damaged or destroyed according to Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) situation reports. Across the region, there have been more than 30 deaths in 5 countries, with over 40,000 displaced, 2 million evacuated in Cuba alone, and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed.

27 Sep 2017 description

Statement by Clayton M. McCleskey, Acting Spokesperson

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Office of Press Relations
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov

27 Sep 2017 description

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has not been activated in response to the Hurricane Irma 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

27 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • Initial reports from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) indicate that 15 people are confirmed to have died in Dominica during Hurricane Maria, and at least 16 people are missing.
    This figure may rise as contact is made with cut-off communities.
    There is no electricity, very limited communications and a widespread shortage of food and water. An estimated 98 per cent of roofs were partially or totally destroyed, and 50 per cent of housing frames damaged.

27 Sep 2017 description

To help Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda deal with the recent devastating hurricane and the post-disaster reconstruction, the Chinese government will provide designated fund to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) based on the items of South-South cooperation assistance fund to provide post-disaster reconstruction goods and materials and help the people there rebuild their lives. At present, the Ministry of Commerce is organizing the implementation of specific assistance projects with the UNDP.

26 Sep 2017 description

This report is produced by OCHA ROLAC in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the first period from 06 to 25 September, 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 28 September 2017.

Highlights

  • The initial response to Hurricane Maria in Dominica is underway as humanitarian organizations arrive to deliver critical aid and carry out assessments throughout the rest of the island.

26 Sep 2017 description

The Government of New Zealand has announced that it is contributing NZ$250,000 to the immediate relief efforts for Caribbean countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The funding will be disbursed through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support governments in early recovery activities such as debris management and rehabilitation of basic services such as water and electricity.

26 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • DART staff in Dominica prioritize humanitarian coordination and logistics support, as well as food, shelter, and water assistance

  • USAID/OFDA responds to disaster declaration for Saint Kitts and Nevis

  • DART and DoD continue to collaborate to address critical need for potable water in Saint-Martin

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

25 Sep 2017 description

Monday, September 25, 2017 — In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Maria, the private sector continues to play a critical role in donating much needed emergency supplies and materials to the rebuilding effort on islands impacted.

Saint Lucian roofing and building supplies manufacturer, Brice and Co. have donated a sizeable quantity of roofing materials to Antigua and have followed up with another donation of water to Dominica which left last Friday 22nd September.

25 Sep 2017 description

SYNOPSIS OF HURRICANE MARIA

Maria, the 13th named hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, became a category 5 hurricane near the Leeward Islands on Monday September 18 th, 2017. Hurricane Maria impacted Dominica at approximately 9:35pm on September 18 th as an extremely strong hurricane with wind speeds of 155 mph. Maria then impacted Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis on September 19th, 2017 and the Virgin Islands September 19 – 20, 2017.

25 Sep 2017 description

1. Introduction

1.1 Executive Summary

Main Findings of this Working Paper

25 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the hardest-hit Caribbean islands are beginning to recover from the devastation. Meet the children who are rebuilding their lives after witnessing the destruction of their homes and schools.

By Manuel Moreno and Marta López

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and COJÍMAR, Cuba, 22 September 2017 – From 6–10 September, Hurricane Irma tore through the islands of the Caribbean, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The category 5 storm was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded over the Atlantic Ocean.

25 Sep 2017 description
report Sea Mercy

13 Days that changed the Caribbean

24 Sep 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:

24 Sep 2017 description

SYNOPSIS OF HURRICANE MARIA

Maria, the 13th named hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, became a category 5 hurricane near the Leeward Islands on Monday September 18 th, 2017. Hurricane Maria impacted Dominica at approximately 9:35pm on September 18 th as an extremely strong hurricane with wind speeds of 155 mph.

Maria then impacted St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda on September 19th, 2017 and the Virgin Islands September 19 – 20, 2017.

24 Sep 2017 description

This week in New York I expressed Australia’s condolences to Caribbean Foreign Ministers for the loss of life and destruction caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with all people affected by the devastation.

The storms’ deadly and destructive impact has been felt in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St Martin and the Turks and Caicos.