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22 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.

22 Sep 2017 description

More than 10 countries and territories were directly affected as Hurricane Irma ravaged the Caribbean and later the coastal states in the U.S.. The International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reports various levels of damages and needs in Antigua and Barbuda, British, Dutch and French Antilles, the Bahamas, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Saint Kitts and Nevis, the United States and territories, among others. Beside, Hurricane María affected recently Dominica and Puerto Rico.

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.

22 Sep 2017 description
report Cruz Roja Española
  • Cruz Roja Española cuenta con las Unidades de Respuesta a Emergencias (ERU, por sus siglas en inglés) como medio para ofrecer una respuesta efectiva, eficiente y ajustada a cada circunstancia con el fin de salvar vidas en situaciones producidas por un desastre.

  • 12 delegados de emergencias parten hacia las áreas más castigadas por desastres naturales o por movimientos forzados de población.

22 Sep 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

La récente série de catastrophes naturelles dévastatrices qui s’est abattue sur l’Amérique du Nord et les Caraïbes, signe, pour beaucoup, d’une accélération des effets des changements climatiques, était au cœur des préoccupations de la trentaine de chefs d’État et de gouvernement à s’être exprimés lors de cette troisième journée du débat général annuel de l’Assemblée générale, qui a également été marquée par la crise en péninsule coréenne, le sort des Rohingya au Myanmar et la situation dans le Jammu-et-Cachemire.

22 Sep 2017 description
infographic World Food Programme
  • 179 mt Cargo Dispatched
  • 631 m³ Total Volume
  • 784,200 USD Item Value
  • ** 7 Partners** Served


  • Re-palletization and loading support in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Installation of MSUs to increase relief item storage in Turks and Caicos

- 90 MT
- 258 M³
- 171,234 USD

22 Sep 2017 description

Summary: Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 hurricane packing winds more than 185 miles per hour, impacted several eastern Caribbean countries sweeping over Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

22 Sep 2017 description


  • Hurricane Maria is currently moving through the Caribbean and hit Dominica and Puerto Rico as a category 5 hurricane. WFP currently has a team on the ground in Dominica and is assessing the damage.

  • WFP urgently needs USD12 million to maintain the regional special operation (SO) which is supporting the delivery of humanitarian assistance, supply chain and emergency telecommunications augmenting emergency response capacity of governments across the Caribbean.

Situation Update

21 Sep 2017 description
report UNOSAT

Overview Hurricane IRMA-17 originated as a tropical storm in the eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean on 30 August 2017 and gained strength as it moved west to the Caribbean. On September 6, 2017, it first made landfall in Antigua and Barbuda as a Hurricane of category 5 and continued its path though several Caribbean Islands until September 10, 2017 when it hit the southwest of the United States of America.

21 Sep 2017 description


Maria, the 13th named hurricane 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 St. Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda on September 19th, 2017 and the Virgin Islands September 19 – 20, 2017.

21 Sep 2017 description

Statement from the Antigua & Barbuda Marine Association

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 — Our friends in Dominica were hit by Hurricane Maria on Monday evening. The category 5 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale ripped across the island and has literally devastated Dominica with electricity and communication systems down and expected to remain this way for weeks to come.

21 Sep 2017 description

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 — The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is standing firmly with its member countries that have been impacted by Hurricane Irma.

The Bank has disbursed a grant of EC$1 million each to the Governments of Anguilla and Antigua and Barbuda to support relief and early recovery.

21 Sep 2017 description


  • Hurricane Maria, made landfall on Dominica on evening of September 18, 2017 as a category 5 Hurricane. The Princess Margaret Hospital is reported to be severely damaged and flooded. Dialysis service damaged, and the electricity is down. Seven deaths have been reported on the island due to the storm.

  • The hurricane made landfall on Puerto Rico around 6 AM today, bringing catastrophic flash flooding. Before Hurricane Maria made landfall, there were 172 shelters housing 9,981 occupants.

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.