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19 Sep 2017 description
report IRIN

By Ben Parker

Codrington is a ghost town – frozen in time before clean up could begin. Trees are stripped bare, electric pylons are down, roofs ripped off, and wooden houses collapsed like matchboxes. Clothes, furniture and household belongings are scattered in yards. Corrugated iron sheets, bent by the wind like scraps of paper, are wrapped around trees.

Read more on IRIN.

19 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Japan
  1. Today, September 16, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (Sleeping Pads, Portable Jerry Cans etc.) to Antigua and Barbuda, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the Government of Antigua and Barbuda following serious damage from Hurricane “Irma” in the country.

19 Sep 2017 description

Hurricane Maria has been upgraded to a category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h. It is following in Hurricane Irma’s path and is set to hit several recovering islands including Antigua and Barbuda. Hurricane warnings are in effect for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat and Martinique. Tropical storm and flash flood warnings have also been issued for Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands, Saint Martin and Anguilla.

19 Sep 2017 description

On 18 September 2017, the Foreign Minister of Thailand attended the High-level Meeting on Hurricane Irma co-hosted by the United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly; the high-level meeting aims to gain high-level political attention to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, secure commitment to support countries and people affected, and highlighting the need for building resilient communities to natural disasters, including those impacted by climate change.

19 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hurricane Maria is threatening the Leeward Islands and may exacerbate conditions in areas previously affected by hurricanes Irma and Jose

  • Newly launched Hurricane Irma Regional Response Plan requests $27 million in humanitarian funding

  • USAID and DoD continue to collaborate to address needs on the island of St. Martin

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

19 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • Humanitarian actors have been forced to shift gears from response to Irma to prepare for “potentially catastrophic ” category 5 hurricane, Maria .

  • Heavy rainfall could cause flash floods and mudslides in islands recovering from Irma’s onslaught such as Sint Maarten, Barbuda and Anguilla. Evacuation centres are being prepared.

  • More than 2.1 million people in Cuba have been targeted by a US$ 55. 8 million Plan of Action to provide assistance to the most affected by Irma.

19 Sep 2017 description
map MapAction

Map showing the track of Hurricane Maria over the Caribbean, their wind speed estimate and forecastpath

18 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS — Hurricane Maria has intensified into an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson wind scale and is expected to strengthen further, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday.

Hurricane Maria was about 35 miles (55 km) northeast of Martinique, with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (215 km per hour), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

18 Sep 2017 description

NWS Summary: At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Maria was located by satellite imagery and data from the French radar on Martinique near latitude 15.1 North, longitude 60.7 West. Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through Wednesday.

18 Sep 2017 description
report UN News Service

18 de septiembre, 2017 — La Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM) pidió a la comunidad internacional 4,95 millones de dólares para ayudar a las comunidades afectadas en el Caribe tras el paso de los huracanes Irma y José.

La OIM prestará asesoramiento técnico y trabajará con las autoridades regionales y nacionales, así como con los grupos locales, para brindar asistencia humanitaria, gestionar la movilidad humana y apoyar una recuperación rápida.

18 Sep 2017 description
report UN News Service

18 de septiembre, 2017 — Oficiales de alto nivel de la ONU y de los países caribeños afectados por el paso devastador del huracán Irma se dieron cita este lunes en la sede de la ONU para llamar la atención sobre las necesidades humanitarias en sus naciones tras el meteoro y resaltar la importancia de la lucha contra el cambio climático.

18 Sep 2017 description

NHC Summary: At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 14.7 North, longitude 60.1 West. Maria is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h), and this motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected through Tuesday night. On the forecast track, the center of Maria will move across the Leeward Islands late today and tonight, over the extreme northeastern Caribbean Sea Tuesday and Tuesday night, and approach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Wednesday.

18 Sep 2017 description

The First Secretary of State, Damian Green, chaired a COBR meeting this afternoon to discuss the Government’s response to Hurricane Irma and preparations for Hurricane Maria.

We remain concerned that Hurricane Maria, which is strengthening as it approaches the Leeward Islands, could hit the UK’s Overseas Territories in the Caribbean already affected as well as Montserrat.

FCO, DFID and military teams are working closely with the Governors in the Overseas Territories to ensure we are doing all we can to support the Governments of the islands affected.

18 Sep 2017 description

International Medical Corps disaster response experts in the Caribbean and Florida are already identifying pressing needs so they can provide much-needed assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Now, with Hurricane Maria gaining strength in the eastern Caribbean, our experts are monitoring its path and preparing to respond should it be needed.

18 Sep 2017 description

UK aid experts, military assets and relief supplies remain in the region and are ready to respond.

The UK is in position to respond to further extreme weather in the Caribbean as the approaching Storm Maria is reclassified as a hurricane. The hurricane comes less than two weeks after Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded.

UK experts on the ground are working closely with national authorities to prepare for the approaching hurricane. Staff, military assets and relief supplies remain in the region and are ready to respond.

18 Sep 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates the tropical cyclone MARIA-17 path with low, medium and strong wind impact zones observed and predicted at 18 September 2017. The tropical cyclone path and wind speed zones were derived from Joint Research Centre data (Warning 8 issued the 18 th September 2017 at 09:00 UTC). This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITARUNOSAT.

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.