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11 Oct 2017 description


  • 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.

04 Oct 2017 description


  • The 2017 Hurricane Maria Flash Appeal for Dominica was launched on 30 September, appealing for USD 31.1 million to reach 65,000 people affected by the hurricane in Dominica.
    As part of the appeal and coordinating agency for shelter and CCCM, IOM is appealing for USD 2.2 million to respond to emergency needs in the first four months.

27 Sep 2017 description


  • 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.

25 Sep 2017 description

1. Introduction

1.1 Executive Summary

Main Findings of this Working Paper

22 Sep 2017 description

San Jose – Just two weeks after Hurricane Irma overwhelmed several Caribbean islands, Hurricane Maria has multiplied humanitarian needs in the region. Since 20 September, IOM surge team members have been present in Dominica, Sint Maarten, Antigua and Barbados conducting assessments on the needs of affected populations, and supporting local authorities and humanitarian actors to implement preparedness and response activities.

21 Sep 2017 description


  • As part of the UN-coordinated Regional Response Plan for the Caribbean Region after Hurricanes Irma and José, IOM is appealing for a total of USD 4.95 million to provide humanitarian relief, manage human mobility and facilitate a fast resilience-focused recovery in the form of technical expertise and knowledge transfer to government authorities. Humanitarian needs are expected to increase in the region, given Hurricane Maria’s latest impact.

18 Sep 2017 description

San José - La OIM, en su calidad de Organismo de las Naciones Unidas para la Migración, ha desplegado un equipo de emergencia compuesto de seis expertos en gestión de albergues y de campamentos, seguimiento de desplazamiento y reducción de riesgos por violencia de género a fin de dar apoyo a los esfuerzos humanitarios en las islas del Caribe que se han visto mayormente afectadas por los Huracanes Irma y José. La OIM ha hecho entrega de cerca de un cuarto de millón de dólares estadounidenses de fondos de emergencia a fin de ayudar a esa región.

15 Sep 2017 description

San Jose - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has deployed a surge team of six experts in shelter and camp management, displacement tracking, and gender-based violence risk reduction to support humanitarian efforts in the Caribbean islands most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Jose. IOM has released around a quarter of a million US dollars from emergency funds for relief in the region.

14 Sep 2017 description


  • IOM has deployed a surge team of six experts to support efforts led by various country offices in the affected region. The team has expertise in Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), displacement tracking, shelter management, gender-based violence risk reduction, and NFI/shelter operations.

  • Based in the coordination hub in Barbados and at regional level in Panama, surge experts have already been deployed to the affected islands to conduct assessments.