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Beginning on September 8, 2017, Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean, leaving a trail of destruction and devastation. As communities were assessing the damage and just starting the rebuilding process, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 5 hurricane, dealing a crippling blow to island nations. Both hurricanes Irma and Maria registered as some of the most powerful hurricanes in recorded history, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph.
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.
Antigua and Barbuda
CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT
About 1,400 new displacements between 7 and 8 September
The devastating hurricanes that swept through the Caribbean last month called for a significant humanitarian response, and Direct Relief has been working to equip local healthcare providers with key medicines and medical supplies since they first made landfall.
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.
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:
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 24-30 September 2017 and includes updates on typhoid fever, West Nile fever and chikungunya.
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.
ST. GEORGE GRENADA, SEPT. 29, 2017 :- Grenada has increased its initial donation to the hurricane ravaged islands.
Immediately following the passage of Hurricane Irma, Prime Minister Dr. the Right Hon. Keith Mitchell announced that Grenada will be donating One Million Dollars to the neighboring islands affected by the storm.
Within days of Irma’s devastation, Dominica was ravaged by Hurricane Maria which led to a Cabinet decision to increase Grenada’s pledge.
USAID/OFDA relief supplies arrive in remote areas of southern Dominica
JTF-LI supports DART to ensure relief reaches isolated Dominican communities as quickly as possible
USG international humanitarian assistance to the Caribbean exceeds $11 million
This report is produced by OCHA ROLAC in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the first period from 06 to 29 September, 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 6 October 2017.
• At least 10 countries and 12 humanitarian organizations have provided vital supplies and resources to Dominica since Maria made landfall on 18 September.
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – A scurry of activity greeted visitors at one of Antigua’s two largest temporary shelters, National Technical Training Centre, which houses around 70 Barbudans displaced by Hurricane Irma. Shelter manager Samantha Burnette appeared with her phone in hand and a large, welcoming smile. She is one of several dedicated women leading the country’s recovery efforts.
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.
The massive impact of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean was followed by Hurricane Maria, compounding humanitarian consequences and increasing immediate need for support. Dominica was severely affected, with ~20,000 children requiring humanitarian assistance. Dominican Republic is experiencing flooding, leaving 390,000 people without water. UNICEF activated its L2 emergency response from 21 Sept-31 Dec.
Primera línea de crédito de contingencia en el Caribe para garantizar acceso a financiamiento inmediato por US$150 millones luego de un desastre
The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has not been activated in response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean region. World Food Programme (WFP), in its capacity as global ETC lead, is supporting the response activities coordinated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
1. Logistics Operational Updates
Antigua & Barbuda
Debris clearing operations and maintenance work to re-establish water supplies are underway in Barbuda. Lack of generators continues to be an issue. Barbuda’s airfield is operational, however some repair works are still needed especially with regards to the airfield fencing.