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21 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hurricane Maria devastates Dominica, remains a threat to The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti

  • USAID activates additional staff to support Hurricane Maria humanitarian response, plans to deploy staff to Dominica as soon as possible

  • USAID and DoD continue collaborating to address potable water needs in Saint-Martin

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

21 Sep 2017 description

NWS Summary: At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Maria was located near latitude 18.8 North, longitude 67.3 West. Maria is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h), and this general motion with a decrease in forward speed is expected through Thursday night. A turn toward the north-northwest is forecast on Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Maria will continue to move away from the northwestern coast of Puerto Rico this evening.

21 Sep 2017 description

This report is produced by OCHA ROLAC in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the first period from 06 to 20 September, 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 25 September 2017.

Highlights

• Hurricane Maria pummeled Dominica on 19 September, with early reports citing widespread damage and destruction.

• Reconnaissance teams have conducted flyovers and more assessment teams are expected to arrive on 21 September.

21 Sep 2017 description
map MapAction

Map showing the track of Hurricane Maria over the Caribbean, their wind speed estimate and forecastpath

21 Sep 2017 description
report Direct Relief

Hurricane Maria, a category 3 storm, is passing over Puerto Rico. Winds as high as 115 mph have uprooted trees and heavy rain is causing major flooding throughout the island’s interior.

The storm is expected to leave widespread structural damage in its wake, and the entire island was reportedly without power on Wednesday afternoon.

The loss of power presents a range of health risks. Patients on dialysis and other forms of life support are at grave risk if their medical equipment powers down.

20 Sep 2017 description

I.-*TEMA DE INTERÉS*

II.-*SITUACIÓN ACTUAL DEL HURACÁN MARÍA*

A las 6 am de la mañana del dia de hoy, el Centro del huracán María está localizado próximo a la latitud 18.0 Norte y Longitud 65.9 Oeste, sobre Vieques y a unos 50 Km al Sur de Caguas San Puerto Rico el próximo a la playa Punta de Tuna.

20 Sep 2017 description

OVERVIEW

Hurricane Irma first made landfall on the northeast Caribbean islands during the early hours local time of 6 September. Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, St Barthélemy, St. Martin, Sint Maarten, Turks and Caicos, and the US Virgin Islands were all affected. 169,000 people and 75,000 buildings were exposed to wind speeds higher than 252km/h. 5.5 million people lived in areas exposed to winds in excess of 120km/h. At least 37 people have been reported dead.

20 Sep 2017 description

Hurricane Maria arrives in a context where several Caribbean islands are still working to respond to the devastation and anguish arising from Hurricane Irma earlier this month. Taking into account the impact that Maria has already had on the island of Dominica, Télécoms Sans Frontières is ready to respond.

20 Sep 2017 description

San Salvador – En el marco de la Presidencia Pro Témpore de El Salvador de la Conferencia Regional sobre Migración (CRM), la Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM) y el Viceministerio para Salvadoreños en el Exterior iniciaron ayer (19-09-2017) la validación de lineamientos regionales sobre asistencia y protección de las mujeres migrantes.

20 Sep 2017 description

La Empresa de Transmisión Eléctrica Dominicana (ETED), activó su plan de contingencia. La medida tiene lugar ante el posible paso del huracán María por el país.

La activación de este Plan se realizó mediante una reunión con las direcciones de mantenimiento e infraestructura. Asimismo, con las de operaciones y telecomunicaciones.

Las mismas rindieron un informe sobre las medidas a tomar antes, durante y después del fenómeno atmosférico.

Abastecimiento de equipos

20 Sep 2017 description

El Gobierno dominicano está tomando todas las previsiones para proteger vidas humanas. Da seguimiento estricto al huracán María. Se trata de un poderoso huracán categoría 5.

Danilo regresó de ONU para ponerse al frente de trabajos

El presidente Danilo Medina interrumpió su agenda en la septuagésima segunda Asamblea de la ONU. Regresó anoche de Nueva York para ponerse al frente de los trabajos.

Reunión con 27 funcionarios de auxilio y asistencia social

20 Sep 2017 description

Washington, D.C., 19 de septiembre de 2017 (OPS/OMS) – Los países del Caribe siguen implementando acciones de respuesta en salud con el apoyo de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud, que está desplegando Equipos Regionales de Respuesta y enviando suministros médicos y humanitarios a las islas afectadas por los huracanes María e Irma. Las lluvias fuertes y el viento continúan afectando las islas Leeward, incluyendo aquellas ya afectadas por el huracán Irma.

20 Sep 2017 description
map UNOSAT

Tropical Cyclone MARIA-17 : Path and Wind Speed Zones (as of 18 September 2017)

This map illustrates the tropical cyclone MARIA-17 path with low, medium and strong wind impact zones observed and predicted at 18 September 2017. The tropical cyclone path and wind speed zones were derived from Joint Research Centre data (Warning 8 issued the 18 th September 2017 at 09:00 UTC). This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITARUNOSAT.

20 Sep 2017 description
report Voice of America

Hurricane Maria is pounding eastern Puerto Rico after making landfall Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 storm that forecasters described as "extremely dangerous."

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Maria, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit Puerto Rico, had maximum sustained winds of about 240 kilometers per hour Wednesday morning, and that heavy rain would cause life-threatening flash floods and landslides.

20 Sep 2017 description

Map Information

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, has made its first landfall on the islands of the north-east Caribbean on 6 September. It is significantly strengthening becoming the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic and following a path predicted to hit Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. Over the next five days, heavy rain, very strong winds and storm surge could affect all of these areas.

20 Sep 2017 description

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland is convening a group of specialists from across the Commonwealth to examine how to “coordinate, create and shape a task force” to assist with mobilising international assistance to provide protection and assistance with recovery from the impact of violent storms and similar emergencies.