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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

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
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

Country Operations

In 2018, there will be Humanitarian Response Plans in 23 countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, Chad, Cameroon, CAR, DRC, Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen. The HRPs for Cameroon, Chad, CAR, DRC, Somalia, Haiti, Sudan, Nigeria (and potentially Niger and Afghanistan) will be multi-year Plans.

Deadline for Completion

20 Sep 2017 description

SG/SM/18704-SC/12997-PKO/669

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the Security Council high-level open debate on “Peacekeeping Operations Regarding the Reform of United Nations Peacekeeping: Implementation and Follow-Up”, in New York today:

20 Sep 2017 description
report UN News Service

20 de septiembre, 2017 — El Secretario General de Naciones Unidas solicitó hoy al Consejo de Seguridad mayor claridad en los mandatos y los presupuestos para implementar las prometidas reformas de las operaciones de paz del organismo mundial.

António Guterres subrayó en un debate de alto nivel en el Consejo de Seguridad la necesidad de más apoyo y alianzas para que las misiones de estabilización de la ONU, como las que operan en Haití y Cote d’Ivoire, puedan adaptarse a los nuevos retos de la actualidad, entre ellos la lucha contra el terrorismo.

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

The Caribbean has been buffeted by an exceptional number of intense storms and hurricanes this year. In the space of just a few days, Hurricane Irma has been followed by Hurricanes José and Maria, leaving a path of destruction in their wake. Hurricane Irma formed near Cabo Verde towards the end of August and, according to the US National Hurricane Center, was the strongest hurricane on record to form in the Atlantic Ocean.

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

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – More than 4,300 animals have been treated in northeastern Haiti at mobile clinics set up by Heifer International and the Ministry of Agriculture in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Teams are preparing to care for more livestock as Hurricane Maria threatens the country.

Natural disasters can be just as hard on livestock as they are on people, and many animals have been left injured, stressed or infected with parasites after the storm.

20 Sep 2017 description
report Government of Haiti

Du Plan National de Gestion des Risques et des Désastres (PNGRD)

Description : Ouragan MARIA de catégorie 5

Localisation : 285 Km au Sud-est de San Juan, Porto Rico

Vent max : 270 Km/h

Déplacement : Ouest- Nord-Ouest : 17km/h

Pression Minimale : 916 mb ou HPa

Observation sur Haïti

Temps partiellement nuageux et venteux sur le pays.

Prévision sur Haïti par rapport à l’ouragan MARIA

20 Sep 2017 description
report AlterPresse

P-au-P, 19 sept. 2017 [AlterPresse] --- Depuis la ville de New York aux États-Unis d’Amérique où il participe à la 72e assemblée générale des Nations-unies, le président Jovenel Moïse, dans une adresse à la nation, appelle la population haïtienne à la prudence, au passage de l’ouragan Maria.

20 Sep 2017 description
report AlterPresse

P-au-P, 19 sept. 2017 [AlterPresse] --- L’alerte 1 au niveau de vigilance orange est décrétée au passage du puissant ouragan Maria de catégorie 5, près des côtes Nord d’Haïti, indique un bulletin de l’Unité hydrométéorologique (Uhm), consulté par l’agence en ligne AlterPresse.

Le centre de l’ouragan devrait se positionner sur les zones côtières Nord d’Haïti dans la matinée du jeudi 21 septembre 2017.

20 Sep 2017 description

Washington, Sept. 19, 2017 (PAHO/WHO)— Countries in the Caribbean continue implementing critical health response actions with support from the Pan American Health Organization, which is deploying Regional Response Teams and shipping medical and humanitarian supplies to islands affected by Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Heavy rain and wind continue to hit the Leeward Islands, including those already affected by Hurricane Irma.

19 Sep 2017 description
report Direct Relief

After weathering Hurricane Irma just days ago, residents in the Caribbean are bracing for yet another potentially destructive threat gathering strength in the Atlantic.

Hurricane Maria has intensified to a Category 3 storm and is expected to gain strength to a Category 4 before making landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday. Maria’s first landfall is expected to occur Monday night on the islands of Dominica and Martinique.

19 Sep 2017 description

A. Situation analysis   

Description of the disaster   

Hurricane Irma impacted Haiti on the evening of 7 September 2017 into the early hours of 8 September. The eye of the hurricane passed north-east of the coastline of the country, creating storm surges on the north coast and wind and flood damage to vulnerable communities. The storm mainly impacted Haiti’s three northern departments.   

Summary of the current response

Overview of Host National Society