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21 Nov 2017 description

A Post Irma Interim Reconstruction Policy has been introduced to help residents rebuild expeditiously.

The Premier, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE said, “I am quite anxious to see people move back into their homes and this means that everyone including our young people and seniors will feel comfortable and secure again.”

21 Nov 2017 description


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.

21 Nov 2017 description



21 Nov 2017 description

An official ceremony of handing over humanitarian aid delivered by the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations has been held today at the port of Mariel, Artemisa province of Cuba.

The 300-ton cargo of construction materials, mobile power stations and food provided by the Russian Federal Agency for State Reserves was delivered to Cuba by sea.

Over 1,100 tons of relief supplies are planned to be brought in by the end of the month.

21 Nov 2017 description
report Voice of America

After years of being shielded from deportation from the United States while their country recovers from a devastating 2010 earthquake, tens of thousands of Haitians will lose that security status.

"It was assessed overall that the extraordinary but temporary conditions that served as the basis of Haiti's most recent designation has sufficiently improved such that they no longer prevent nationals of Haiti from returning safely," a senior Trump administration official said during a briefing.

21 Nov 2017 description
report European Commission

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.

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).