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21 Oct 2017 description

As governments in several Caribbean countries start rebuilding key infrastructure, housing and communities after hurricanes Maria and Irma hit several island nations a month ago, the Government of the People’s Republic of China is supporting efforts to build back better.

Responding to the catastrophic damage left by two back-to-back category 5 hurricanes – the most powerful ever recorded in the Atlantic –the Ministry of Commerce of China has provided funds totaling US$5 million for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to assist communities in post-disaster recovery.

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.

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

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

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:

08 Oct 2017 description

SYNOPSIS OF HURRICANE MARIA

Maria, the 13th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, became a category 5 hurricane near the Leeward Islands on Monday September 18th, 2017. Hurricane Maria impacted Dominica at approximately 9:35pm on September 18th 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.

07 Oct 2017 description

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

Highlights

• Tropical Storm Nate formed on 5 October, travelling north along the Caribbean coastline of Central America towards the US Gulf Coast causing flooding and evacuations and affecting hundreds of homes.

06 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

Two Category 5 hurricanes - Irma and Maria - caused extensive damage and humanitarian consequences across the Caribbean, putting the lives of thousands of children in danger. While countries affected by Irma are gradually entering the early recovery phase, those affected by Maria remain focused on humanitarian support. 100% of children in Dominica require humanitarian assistance. UNICEF scaled its response in line with its L2 emergency response declaration for 21 Sept - 31 Dec 2017.

04 Oct 2017 description
report UN News Service

El Secretario General de Naciones Unidas visitará el próximo sábado las islas caribeñas de Antigua, Barbuda y Dominica que resultaron severamente dañadas tras el reciente paso de los huracanes Irma y María.

Según indicó hoy en declaraciones a la prensa en la sede de la ONU en Nueva York, António Guterres examinará los daños causados por los meteoros y evaluará que acciones adicionales puede emprender Naciones Unidas para ayudar a las personas afectadas en las tareas de recuperación.

04 Oct 2017 description

By António Guterres

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 4 2017 (IPS) - As you know, we are coming off a jam-packed High-level week and opening of the General Assembly. Some of the most important speeches during that period came from leaders of Caribbean nations reeling from back-to-back hurricanes.

The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda reported that the entire population of Barbuda had been left homeless. The Prime Minister of Dominica declared that he had come to the United Nations “straight from the front line of the war on climate change”.

04 Oct 2017 description
report UN News Service

4 October 2017 – Pointing to scientific evidence warning of increased extreme weather events, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, ahead of a trip to the storm-ravaged Caribbean, urged all countries to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change “with greater ambition.”

03 Oct 2017 description
report UN News Service

3 October 2017 – Two weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica, the island nation’s recovery is becoming more evident as the main port has reopened and supplies of food, water and basic necessities are being regularly delivered to the people, a United Nations Resident Coordinator in the region said today, while stressing that are still “major challenges” ahead.

03 Oct 2017 description

Hurricanes Irma and Maria were the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Pummeling everything in their path, the storms caused massive damage to infrastructure and agricultural land across a dozen Caribbean islands and displaced tens of thousands of people. At the 2017 General Assembly, the Secretary-General expressed his deepest sympathies to all who were affected across the Caribbean, and also the United States. A few weeks on, emergency efforts continue, encompassing food, water, shelter and medicine deliveries.

02 Oct 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.

02 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: