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13 Oct 2017 description

El huracán Irma, tormenta categoría 5, azotó el Caribe a partir del 6 de septiembre. En menos de dos semanas, el huracán María, la segunda tormenta de categoría 5, golpeó nuevamente la región. La USAID envío un Equipo de Asistencia para Respuesta ante Desastres. (DART, por sus siglas en inglés) el 7 de septiembre. El DART - que a su máximo contaba con 54 integrantes - se desplegó a 11 lugares en el Caribe para dirigir la respuesta humanitaria del gobierno de los Estados Unidos en coordinación con los gobiernos afectados.

13 Oct 2017 description

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, hit the Caribbean beginning on September 6. Less than two weeks later, Hurricane Maria, a second Category 5 storm, struck the region. USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) on September 7. The DART—which at its height comprised 54 people—deployed to 11 locations in the Caribbean to lead the U.S. government’s humanitarian response in coordination with affected governments.

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
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

Eastern Caribbean countries and overseas territories continue to respond to two devastating category 5 hurricanes - Irma and Maria - which left a trail of destruction in Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica and Turks & Caicos Islands. Dominica is one of the most affected, hence it remains a primary focus of humanitarian efforts.

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

12 Oct 2017 description
report IRIN

A battle over land on the tiny hurricane-hit island will profoundly shape its future

Who owns Barbuda? Politicians and investors are taking advantage of the island’s devastation to grab land from people displaced by the recent series of hurricanes, residents and activists say.

Read more on IRIN

11 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN Secretary-General’s visit to Caribbean region underscores widespread hurricane damage

  • DART successfully concludes operations, shifts to regional team for transition efforts

  • USAID/OFDA relief commodities benefit an estimated 70,500 hurricaneaffected people

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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:

09 Oct 2017 description

Washington, DC, 6 de octubre de 2017 (OPS/OMS) – La Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) está enfocando su apoyo a las islas afectadas por los huracanes Irma y María en la entrega rápida de expertos e insumos, en particular para las islas de Anguila, Antigua, Islas Vírgenes Británicas, Dominica, y Turcos y Caicos, según el Departamento de Emergencias en Salud.

09 Oct 2017 description

“When our boat pulled up to the shore, you could already tell that the island was devastated,” says Laura Archer, a Canadian Red Cross health specialist deployed to the hurricane-affected island of Barbuda.

“Trees were down, power lines were down, most buildings were missing their roofs, if not completely flattened. The hospital structure is very damaged as well, there is stagnant water all over the place, so there are many things that need to be addressed right away in terms of health.”

08 Oct 2017 description

A. Situation Analysis

Description of the Disaster

On 6 September 2017, Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 hurricane packing winds more than 185 miles per hour, impacted several eastern Caribbean countries. Irma’s wide band swept over Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat and Saint Kitts and Nevis, with Barbuda and Anguilla most heavily affected.

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.

08 Oct 2017 description

Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister for your warm welcome.

Indeed, this visit is a visit of solidarity with the people of Barbuda and Antigua, the people of Dominica, the people of the Caribbean in general. I’ve just witnessed a level of devastation that I have never witnessed in my life.

I have been in areas torn by conflict. In my own country, I have seen earthquakes, I’ve seen storms… I have never seen such a high-level of devastation like the one that I witnessed in Barbuda.

This must make us think seriously.