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15 Sep 2017 description
report CARE

September 15, 2017 [HAVANA] One week after Hurricane Irma, Cubans are returning to broken homes and facing a serious impact on the economy as it looks to rebuild. "I still can’t believe it – it is sad to lose it all – to wake up and see that everything is beneath rubble and bricks and your personal belongings are wet. All I have left is to move forward,” Maribel, a woman from heavily-hit Villa Clara province, told CARE’s team. Hurricane Irma made landfall Sept. 8 as a Category 5 hurricane, one of the strongest storms to hit the island nation in decades.

15 Sep 2017 description
report CARE

Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest storms in decades, left a devastating trail particularly along Cuba’s northern coast. CARE’s assessment teams report that some communities are still completely cut off. In some communities along the north coast at least half the homes have been partially or totally destroyed. High winds have blown off roofs while flooding washed away personal possessions and household contents. Power and telephone lines are down and schools, fields, buildings and key infrastructure have been impacted.

15 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Cuba

La agrupación solidaria la componen 41 trabajadores, integrados en brigadas de linieros, de corte y bajantes, de cables y de especialistas en fibra óptica, además de expertos de la planta exterior

Un contingente de comunicadores guantanameros partió la víspera desde la Plaza de la Revolución Mariana Grajales, hacia la provincia de Camagüey, en apoyo a la recuperación de las afectaciones ocasionadas allí por el huracán Irma.

15 Sep 2017 description

Este reporte ha sido elaborado desde la Oficina de la Coordinadora Residente del Sistema de Naciones Unidas en Cuba. Cubre el período de las 14.00 del 13 de septiembre a las 12.00 al 14 de septiembre (hora local). El siguiente reporte será emitido el 15 de septiembre de 2017.

Resumen

  • Presidente de Cuba Raúl Castro Ruz, dirige reunión del Consejo de Defensa Nacional.
    Máximas autoridades del gobierno recorren los territorios y enclaves económicos más afectados por el huracán Irma, a su paso por Cuba en la noche del 8 de septiembre.

15 Sep 2017 description

This report is produced by the Office of the Resident Coordinator. It covers the period from 14:00 hrs. on September 013 th to 12:00 hrs. on September 14 th .The next report will be issued on or around 15/09

Highlights

  • President Raul Castro Ruz, led a meeting with the National Defense Council. The highest government officials traveled through territories and economic enclaves most affected by Hurricane Irma.

15 Sep 2017 description

Washington, DC, September 14, 2017 (PAHO / WHO) - Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) experts are supporting efforts to restore health services in the islands most affected by Hurricane Irma, with the deployment of health infrastructure experts, sanitary engineers, epidemiologists, and others, in collaboration with the affected countries.

15 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Islands that suffered extensive damage to infrastructure continue to have challenges restoring access to electricity and clean water

• As some people continue to be in shelters one week after the passage of Hurricane Irma, continued access to clean water and good sanitary conditions is critical

• In Cuba, 13 of the 15 provinces were affected by the hurricane with 14 municipalities have been identified as heavily affected and 6 municipalities as in critical condition. Two hospitals in Havana were evacuated.

15 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Islands that suffered extensive damage to infrastructure continue to have challenges restoring electricity and clean water which is further complicated by logistical challenges.

  • As some people continue to be in shelters more than a week after the passage of Hurricane Irma, there is need to continue access to clean water and improve sanitary conditions at the shelters.

  • In Cuba, two hospitals in Havana were evacuated and latest reports indicate that 516 hospitals and policlinics have been damaged.

14 Sep 2017 description

More than 3.1 million people remain without water service. Service has been restored in about half of the supply systems damaged by Hurricane Irma. Restoration of services depends mainly on the electric power system rehabilitation. Preliminary data shows severe damage to the housing sector. The hurricane damaged 95% of homes in Bolivia and Ciego de Avila´s Municipalities. The 13 affected Cuban provinces are concentrating their forces on the recovery of vital services for the population and on the evaluation of the severity of the damage.

14 Sep 2017 description

The United Arab Emirates, UAE, has provided an emergency assistance worth AED36.7 million (US$10 million) to aid those affected by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean states.

Ordered by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the humanitarian gesture aims to assist and enable international relief efforts to mitigate the suffering of the people on the Caribbean islands. The hurricane wreaked havoc on vital infrastructure and caused human loss.

14 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Cuba

Ciego de Ávila, 14 sep (ACN) Gustavo Rodríguez, ministro cubano de la Agricultura, afirmó que labriegos estatales y campesinos de las provincias afectadas por el huracán Irma están inmersos en el acopio y siembras invernales para rescatar todo lo que pueda ser recuperable.

El titular del ramo dijo en exclusiva a la ACN que la producción bananera, la avícola y la porcina constituyen en estos momentos los tres renglones alimentarios principales en el país, los cuales figuran como los más dañados por el fenómeno meteorológico.

14 Sep 2017 description

Destacados

• El 12 de septiembre Irma se ha disipó en el sureste de Estados Unidos y ya no es una amenaza para las islas del Caribe.

• Anguila, Antigua y Barbuda, San Martin / St Maarten, Las Islas Vírgenes Británicas y las Islas Turcos y Caicos son las más afectadas. Las necesidades críticas de suministros y soporte se están solucionando día y noche.

• En República Dominicana y Haití, las autoridades locales están gestionando la respuesta y la restauración de las actividades normales en las zonas afectadas con recursos locales.

14 Sep 2017 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam y las organizaciones con las que trabaja en el Caribe están ayudando a las personas más afectadas por las inundaciones y los fuertes vientos del huracán Irma, que golpeó viviendas e infraestructuras y destruyó la producción agrícola.

En República Dominicana y Haití se logró evitar lo peor. Sin embargo, las personas más vulnerables que perdieron sus hogares y sus medios de subsistencia tampoco tienen acceso a los servicios de agua y saneamiento básicos. Oxfam les está apoyando.

14 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • IOM has deployed a surge team of six experts to support efforts led by various country offices in the affected region. The team has expertise in Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), displacement tracking, shelter management, gender-based violence risk reduction, and NFI/shelter operations.

  • Based in the coordination hub in Barbados and at regional level in Panama, surge experts have already been deployed to the affected islands to conduct assessments.

14 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Cuba

La Habana, 14 sep (ACN) Luego del paso del potente huracán Irma que afectó a casi toda Cuba, la mayoría de los hospitales de la capital ya posee energía eléctrica, informó el doctor Reynol García Moreiro, director de Salud Pública en La Habana.

En conversación con periodistas que recorrieron el clínico quirúrgico docente Salvador Allende, el directivo explicó que esas instituciones en el territorio están conectadas al sistema eléctrico nacional, y sólo el dos por ciento se mantiene funcionando con los grupos electrógenos.

14 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Japan
  1. On Thursday, September 14, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (water purifiers, portable jerry cans, etc.) to the Republic of Cuba, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the Government of the Republic of Cuba following serious damage from Hurricane “Irma” in the country.

14 Sep 2017 description

ROME – Le PAM a lancé une série d’opérations pour répondre aux dégâts causés par l’ouragan Irma dans les Caraïbes. Cette assistance vient soutenir les gouvernements nationaux, les organisations régionales, les agences de services de secours et catastrophes et les acteurs humanitaires de la région.

Plus de 200 000 personnes ont été touchées par l’ouragan - une des tempêtes les plus fortes jamais enregistrées dans l’Atlantique - dans l’Est des Caraïbes, région la plus gravement atteinte. Certaines îles, dont la Barbade et Saint-Martin, sont devenues presque inhabitables.

14 Sep 2017 description

Omar-Dario Cardona (1), Gabriel A. Bernal (2), Claudia P. Villegas (3)