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30 Sep 2017 description

NO AFFECTED AREAS OR DAMAGE DETECTED

Map Information

Hurricane Irma has been upgraded to a powerful category five storm as warnings have been issued for several Caribbean islands.

The hurricane had sustained winds of up to 280km/h. Irma is projected to hit the islands, causing storm surges, life-threatening winds and torrential rain.

29 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USAID/OFDA relief supplies arrive in remote areas of southern Dominica

  • JTF-LI supports DART to ensure relief reaches isolated Dominican communities as quickly as possible

  • USG international humanitarian assistance to the Caribbean exceeds $11 million

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

29 Sep 2017 description

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, hit the Caribbean beginning on September 6. Less than two weeks later, Hurricane Maria, a second Category 5 storm, struck the region. USAID deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) on September 7. The DART—which at its height comprised 54 people—deployed to 11 locations in the Caribbean to lead the U.S. government’s humanitarian response in coordination with affected governments.

29 Sep 2017 description

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has not been activated in response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean region. World Food Programme (WFP), in its capacity as global ETC lead, is supporting the response activities coordinated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

Highlights

28 Sep 2017 description
report IRIN

No, Dominica is not the same as the Dominican Republic; Montserrat is a British territory, but the UK can send it help and call it aid; there are a lot of Virgin Islands not owned by Richard Branson: Newcomers among relief workers, more familiar with the Middle East or sub-Saharan Africa, have had to master the map of the Caribbean quickly this hurricane season.

Read more on IRIN.

28 Sep 2017 description

República Dominicana envió una contundente ayuda a las Antillas Menores. El solidario gesto busca contribuir a la recuperación de las islas ante el paso de los huracanes Irma y María.

Desde el pasado 8 de septiembre a la fecha, la asistencia ha sido constante y fluida.

Unas 92,256 raciones alimenticias fueron enviadas en aeronaves de la Fuerza Aérea de la República Dominicana. De estas, 40, 145, beneficiaron a la gente de Antigua y Barbuda; 25,049 para San Martin; 8,374 a Providenciales y en 27,061 fueron recibidas en Tórtola.

28 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Critical USAID/OFDA relief supplies arrive in Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Sint Maarten

  • JTF-LI supports DART to ensure relief reaches isolated Dominican communities as quickly as possible

  • USG international humanitarian assistance to the Caribbean totals nearly $10 million

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

27 Sep 2017 description

Statement by Clayton M. McCleskey, Acting Spokesperson

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Office of Press Relations
Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov

27 Sep 2017 description

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has not been activated in response to the Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean region. World Food Programme (WFP), in its capacity as global ETC lead, is supporting the response activities coordinated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

Highlights

27 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • Initial reports from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) indicate that 15 people are confirmed to have died in Dominica during Hurricane Maria, and at least 16 people are missing.
    This figure may rise as contact is made with cut-off communities.
    There is no electricity, very limited communications and a widespread shortage of food and water. An estimated 98 per cent of roofs were partially or totally destroyed, and 50 per cent of housing frames damaged.

26 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • DART staff in Dominica prioritize humanitarian coordination and logistics support, as well as food, shelter, and water assistance

  • USAID/OFDA responds to disaster declaration for Saint Kitts and Nevis

  • DART and DoD continue to collaborate to address critical need for potable water in Saint-Martin

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

25 Sep 2017 description
report Sea Mercy

13 Days that changed the Caribbean

24 Sep 2017 description
report Samaritan's Purse

Background

During the week of September 5- September 9, category 5 Hurricane Irma caused destruction on multiple Caribbean islands. St. Martin/St. Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda, and Turks and Caicos experienced heavy wind and rain damage. After Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria moved through the Caribbean causing damage to islands such as Dominica and Puerto Rico. St. Martin/St. Maarten, and Antigua and Barbuda experienced less damage from Hurricane Maria due to the storm’s southward position.

HOW SAMARITAN’S PURSE IS RESPONDING: