- Hurricane Maria - Sep 2017
- Hurricane Irma - Sep 2017
- Tropical Storm Erika - Aug 2015
- Caribbean: Drought - 2015-2017
- Eastern Caribbean: Floods and Landslides - Dec 2013
- Tropical Storm Ophelia - Sep 2011
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- Hurricane Omar - Oct 2008
- Caribbean: Earthquake - Nov 2007
- Hurricane Dean - Aug 2007
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 — The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is supporting the work of the OECS Commission’s Agricultural Unit to help redevelop Dominica’s food production sector which was left decimated with the passage of Hurricane Maria.
To date in excess of 130,000 seedlings have been planted in Dominica with many having been distibuted to the island's famers.
Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks to the High‑Level Conference for Reconstruction and Resilience of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Countries Affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, in New York today:
Welcome to this High‑Level Conference to mobilize support for reconstruction and resilience of countries and territories affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
CONFERENCE SUPPORTING DOCUMENT
European Commission - Press release
New York, 21 November 2017
The European Union reaffirms its commitment to support the Caribbean region in the aftermath of recent hurricanes Irma and Maria, as it pledges substantial support during the High-level Donor Conference on the Caribbean in New York.
Opening Remarks at the CARICOM-UN High-Level Pledging Conference Technical Consultation at UN Headquarters, New York
As prepared for delivery.
Secretary-General of CARICOM, Mr Irwin Larocque,
Excellencies, Special Invitees, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen.
I am honoured to join CARICOM in welcoming you to the technical segment of the CARICOM-UN High-Level Pledging Conference.
On September 18, 2017, Hurricane Maria—a Category 5 storm—passed directly over the Commonwealth of Dominica. The storm damaged or destroyed an estimated 90 percent of the island’s buildings, devastated most crops and agricultural infrastructure, and disrupted power, water and communications across the entire country.
In the aftermath of mega-storms Maria and Irma that swept through the Caribbean just two months ago, UNDP has been providing critical support for relief efforts and is now rolling out a suite of interventions to support the gradual transition from relief to recovery and rebuilding.
On 18 September 2017 Hurricane Maria struck Dominica with sustained winds of 260 km/h. The Category 5 hurricane caused widespread damage and destruction in Dominica, one of the poorest countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The UN estimated that the entire population suffered direct damage to housing and livelihoods. On 29 September 2017 a Flash Appeal was launched, seeking US$31.1 million to support the relief operations for three months. As of 17 November, $12.4 million has been contributed, including $3.0 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund.
This report is produced by the United Nations in collaboration with humanitarian partners in Dominica. It covers the period from 9-15 November 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 1 December 2017.
• The Government confirmed that the death count for Hurricane Maria is 31 with 37 people missing.
• Thirty-one of the 49 heath facilities are functional, with 12 offering services from an alternate site or with partial services, and six remain non-functional.
Early recovery operations continue in Dominica and other hurricane-affected countries in the Caribbean
USAID/FFP contributes $2,000,000 to provide emergency food assistance and cash transfers for food to affected communities across Dominica
USAID/OFDA partner IFRC supports economic recovery in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica
Situation in numbers
# affected children in need of assistance in Irma and Maria-affected countries
# affected children in Dominica
# people in temporary shelters in Dominica
Mexico and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have approved a grant of USD14 million to CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility). CCRIF provides parametric insurance coverage for government risk to Caribbean and Central American countries. This form of insurance is designed to limit the financial impact of catastrophic natural events, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, by quickly providing short-term liquidity when a policy is triggered.
We failed this summer - let’s embrace it
by Sarah Klassen
Resilient Transport Vital to Curb Disaster Losses in Small Island Developing States
Improved policies alone could reduce the impact of natural disasters on well-being by 13 to 25% in small island countries
On 18 September 2017 Hurricane Maria struck Dominica with sustained winds of 260 km/h. The Category 5 hurricane caused widespread damage and destruction in Dominica, one of the poorest countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The UN estimated that the entire population suffered direct damage to housing and livelihoods. On 29 September 2017 a Flash Appeal was launched, seeking US$31.1 million to support the relief operations for three months. As of 13 November, $11.7 million has been contributed, including $3.0 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund.