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13 Sep 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

UNITED NATIONS, New York — Hurricane Irma brought devastation across much of the Eastern Caribbean, with more than 4 million people affected, including 875,000 women and girls of childbearing age.

Whether a woman lives or dies in crises depends on whether she gets vital reproductive health services, including emergency obstetric care. At any given time, one in five women of childbearing age is likely to be pregnant.

13 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

Hurricane Irma has put the wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of children in the Caribbean in danger. Having caused large scale damage in parts of the Eastern Caribbean, the storm passed by the Dominican Republic and Haiti before slowly moving along the coast of Cuba for over 48 hours, fluctuating between a category 4 and 5 hurricane. With high winds, heavy rain and storm surges it has caused widespread damage to homes, schools, health centres and basic infrastructure across the region.

13 Sep 2017 description
  • Hurricane IRMA moved across Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee (USA) on 12 September, weakening and dissipating. Heavy rain and strong winds affected several areas along its path.

  • The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) has been activated for Florida State on 12 September by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency. This brings to five the number of Copernicus activations related to IRMA (France, Netherlands, United Kingdom, European Commission and USA).

13 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

• Irma has dissipated over the south-eastern United States on 12 September and is no longer a threat to islands in the Caribbean.

• Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, St Martin/St Maarten, the British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos are the most affected islands. Critical needs in supplies and support are being addressed around the clock.

• In the Dominican Republic and Haiti, local authorities are managing response and restoration to normal activities in the affected areas with local resources.

13 Sep 2017 description

La ayuda se canalizará a través del Fondo de Respuesta a Desastres de la Federación Internacional de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja

España ha comprometido el desembolso de 80.000 euros de ayuda de emergencia para atender a las necesidades más acuciantes de algunos de los países afectados por el paso del huracán.

13 Sep 2017 description

SVG TO DELIVER CRITICAL EMERGENCY SUPPLIES TO THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE IRMA.

A vessel will leave Port Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday, Sep. 15, to take food and emergency supplies to the British Virgin Islands.

On the way it will stop in Saint Lucia. Persons interested in sending supplies to their families and friends are asked to drop them off at the NEMO headquarters in Saint Lucia with proper labelling by 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sep. 14.

13 Sep 2017 description
report Theirworld

The deadly storm left many schools damaged, without power or used as shelters in Caribbean countries and the southern United States.

If anyone had doubted the raw power of nature to disrupt people's lives, this year has been a harsh reminder.

Natural disasters, such as floods and typhoons, forced 4.5 million people around the world to leave their homes in the first half of 2017. Hundreds of thousands of children had their education disrupted.

12 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USAID DART staff arrive on the island of St. Martin, continue to coordinate USG hurricane response efforts in Antigua and Barbuda and The Bahamas

  • Extensive damages prevent resumption of public services on the island of Barbuda

  • CDEMA, humanitarian agencies deploy staff to conduct damage and needs assessments in acutely affected Caribbean islands

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

12 Sep 2017 description

La zona más golpeada por el huracán – una de las tormentas más poderosas registradas en el Atlántico – ha sido la del Caribe Oriental, dónde unas 200.000 personas se han visto afectadas. Se ha informado que, en varias islas, incluyendo Barbuda y St. Martin, la habitabilidad es casi inviable.

12 Sep 2017 description

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, September 12, 2017 – CCRIF will make payments totalling US$29.6 million to 6 Caribbean governments impacted by Hurricane Irma under their tropical cyclone insurance policies.

12 Sep 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, has destroyed almost all critical facilities in Barbuda, forcing the evacuation of the entire population to Antigua.

Some 1,400 people were brought to Antigua from Barbuda. Tens of thousands of people across the country have been affected by the storm, including hundreds of pregnant women. These women, and all women and girls of childbearing age, will require sexual and reproductive health services to maintain their health under post-disaster conditions.

12 Sep 2017 description

Hurricane Irma left a wake of destruction on several islands in the eastern Caribbean. There has been wide- spread damage to infrastructure such as power, telecommunications and water services. Many homes have also been severely damaged. Health facilities have also suffered serious damages hampering the rapid delivery of critical emergency care assistance. As access to the islands is slowly being restored, it is anticipated that there will be immediate needs across the health, WASH, food security and shelter sectors. Cuba was the last one affected and teams are starting assessments.

12 Sep 2017 description
report ShelterBox

WHOLE ISLANDS DEVASTATED

After storming through the Caribbean and leaving a trail of devastation in its wake, Hurricane Irma has finally relented.

Since last Tuesday, Hurricane Irma has wreaked havoc in the Caribbean, flattening homes on St Martin, Barbuda, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. Florida was the last to see the wrath of this ferocious storm.

A highly-trained ShelterBox Response Team has been deployed to understand how we can help the families who have lost everything.

12 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

Natalie Liu

Of all the Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma, only the two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda stands as an independent state with no parent country to rush to its aid with emergency relief and funds for reconstruction.

But Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador in Washington, told VOA in an interview that his country is prepared to address the challenge alone if it must. “At the end of the day, it is our country, we have to try our best to keep it going as best we can,” he said stoically.

12 Sep 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates the tropical cyclone IRMA-17 path with low, medium and strong wind impact zones observed at 11 September 2017. The tropical cyclone path and wind speed zones were derived from Joint Research Centre data (Warning 49 issued the 11 th September 2017 at 09:00 UTC). As well, the surface wind data and categories (associated damage) according to Saffir-Simpson Scale were derived from NOAAHWRF (11 September 2017 at 06:00 UTC). This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR-UNOSAT.

12 Sep 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates potentially damaged buildings in Barbuda Island detected by satellite following the landfall of Tropical Cyclone IRMA-17 on 6 September 2017.

12 Sep 2017 description

Washington, D.C. -  La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) expresa su más profunda solidaridad con las personas afectadas por los recientes desastres naturales que vienen impactando varios países de la región en los últimos días.

12 Sep 2017 description

Washington, D.C.—The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expresses its deepest solidarity with the people affected by the recent natural disasters that have hit several countries in the region in recent days. The IACHR calls on the States, the international community, international agencies, and all relevant actors to join in efforts to help those affected. It reiterates the importance of upholding international human rights obligations in all circumstances during the emergency and adopting measures to respond to the impacts of climate change.