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21 Nov 2017 description
  • Between now and the end of the lean season expected mid-2018, more than 1.3 million individuals, representing nearly 18% of the population, will face severe food insecurity according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification analysis (October 2017) and struggle to ensure a minimal food intake. They require immediate assistance to cover their basic food needs.

21 Nov 2017 description
report Oxfam


Due to its geographical location, the Dominican Republic is highly prone to the impacts of natural hazards, which, in combination with the existing underlying factors of widespread inequality and impoverishment, result all too often in disaster. As a consequence, the country is faced with large scale disaster-induced displacements on a recurrent basis. Addressing protection as a key element of disaster risk management – at national, provincial, municipal and community level – is imperative in the quest to safeguard human rights during these emergency situations.

21 Nov 2017 description

"We are the injured party, we're not the ones who are emitting these greenhouse gases"

By Sebastien Malo

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rich nations responsible for climate change need to help rebuild the Caribbean island of Barbuda where living conditions remain "primitive" more than two months after Hurricane Irma, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said on Monday.

20 Nov 2017 description

Cuba – La OIM, el Organismo de las Naciones Unidas para la Migración, apoyará a 1600 familias damnificadas por el Huracán Irma en varios municipios afectados en Villa Clara, Cuba, a través de una donación de colchones y juegos de cama.

Los contenedores con los materiales arribaron el 23 de octubre pasado al puerto de Mariel, en el occidente de Cuba, y fueron trasladados por ferrocarril hasta Villa Clara. Se espera que la ayuda llegue a sus beneficiarios en los próximos días.

20 Nov 2017 description

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.

20 Nov 2017 description
report Government of Cuba

Mariel, 20 nov (ACN) El gobierno de la Federación de Rusia entregó hoy un donativo al pueblo de Cuba, afectado severamente en septiembre último por los embates del huracán Irma, para ayudar a la recuperación de las zonas más afectadas por el potente evento hidrometeorológico.

La ceremonia de entrega de la ayuda humanitaria tuvo lugar en la Terminal de Contenedores de la Zona Especial de Desarrollo Mariel, por donde arribó el cargamento con más de 282 toneladas, de unas mil 133 que deben completarse en los próximos días vía marítima.

20 Nov 2017 description
report The Guardian

The small island was practically flattened by Hurricane Irma and its people fled. Now people are starting to question if they will ever return

By Kate Lyons in Barbuda

Walking the streets of the small Caribbean island of Barbuda on a Friday afternoon, you are likely to see more goats than humans.

Read more on The Guardian.

18 Nov 2017 description

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.

18 Nov 2017 description

Release Number: NR 048

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Since hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the U.S. Virgin Islands in September, more than $11.2 million in federal and territorial recovery grants has been disbursed to eligible homeowners and renters for temporary housing assistance and other needs.

18 Nov 2017 description

Two months after the passage of Hurricane Irma, which mostly hit the northern part of Haiti, many families still face challenges in meeting their critical daily needs. While the human toll and damage have been limited, the consequences are no less for the affected communities. Many families were stripped of everything because of the floods.

17 Nov 2017 description


  • 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


17 Nov 2017 description

Cuba – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, will assist approximately 1,600 families in the hardest hit municipalities by Hurricane Irma in the Villa Clara province, Cuba, delivering mattress and bed sheet sets.

The containers with the donated materials arrived on 23 October at Mariel port, in western Cuba and were transported to Villa Clara by train. It is expected that support will reach the beneficiaries in the coming days.

17 Nov 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

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


16 Nov 2017 description


Financiado por la Unión Europea y el PNUD se implementa en Yaguajay un proyecto encaminado a la recuperación inmediata de las viviendas dañadas por el huracán Irma.

Lo anterior se ejecuta con fondos del Departamento de Protección Civil y Ayuda Humanitaria (ECHO) de la Unión Europea, de conjunto con el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD).

16 Nov 2017 description

Release Number: NR-047

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – They’ve come from as far away as Washington and California to help Virgin Island survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Young women and men from AmeriCorps are taking on some of the toughest jobs in hurricane recovery – mucking out sodden homes, cleaning up debris and working on rooftops to make emergency repairs.

16 Nov 2017 description

Early results of Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems initiative presented at climate change conference

Vulnerable communities in Africa and the Pacific and Caribbean are now benefiting from improved early warning systems against extreme weather as part of an international drive to boost resilience and climate change adaptation. But further investments are needed to reduce the risks from hazards like tropical cyclones, floods and drought.

16 Nov 2017 description
report Government of Cuba

Las primeras viviendas rústicas construidas en Yaguajay después del paso del huracán Irma pudieran ser terminadas en las próximas horas, un resultado que se corresponde con la prioridad otorgada a este frente de trabajo y con la participación decisiva de las empresas y organismos del territorio...

15 Nov 2017 description

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.