Hurricane Irma - Sep 2017Ongoing
As of 1 September, [NOAA]’s National Hurricane Centre (NHC), stated that Hurricane Irma’s centre was located near latitude 18.8 north, longitude 39.1 west at 5 PM Atlantic Standard Time (AST) (2100 [UTC]). Irma was moving toward the west at around 13 mph (20 km/h). A turn toward the west-south-west was expected by 2 September 2017. Irma is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, as maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h), with higher gusts; while fluctuations in strength (up or down) are possible over the next few days, Irma is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through the weekend. (IFRC, 1 Sep 2017)
Irma made landfall on northeast Caribbean islands during the early hours of 6 September, affecting Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, St Barthélemy, St. Martin, the Virgin Islands and other islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Thousands of people have been evacuated from at-risk areas. Irma is predicted to hit Puerto Rico in the night, before continuing to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas. There is continued risk of catastrophic damage from hurricane force winds, storm surge, and flooding in areas on Irma’s trajectory. Hurricane Irma is being slowly trailed by Hurricane Jose, which is moving very slowly in the Atlantic Ocean and is anticipated to affect the northern Leeward Islands. 49 million people directly in Irma’s projected path. (OCHA, 6 Sep 2017)
As of 13 September, OCHA reported that Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, St Martin/St Maarten, the British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos are the most affected islands and that critical needs in supplies and support were being addressed around the clock. In the Dominican Republic and Haiti, local authorities are managing response and restoration to normal activities in the affected areas with local resources. Cuba withstood damage to 13 of its 15 provinces, reporting 10 deaths and damage to agriculture, water supply, and telecommunications. Humanitarian partners continue to work and coordination with regional organizations and local governments throughout the affected countries as needs assessments continue to reveal the range and depth of the needs caused by Irma. (OCHA, 13 Sep 2017)
- Hurricane Irma: Regional Response Plan for the Caribbean Region (Sep - Dec 2017)
- Cuba Plan de acción - Septiembre 2017 SP / EN
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba (The Netherlands)
- British Virgin Islands
- Dominican Republic
- Guadeloupe (France)
- Martinique (France)
- Puerto Rico (The United States of America)
- Saint Barthélemy (France)
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Martin (France)
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Sint Maarten (The Netherlands)
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United States Virgin Islands
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.
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.
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.
Este envío da continuidad a la ayuda ofrecida por su nación a la isla caribeña el pasado año tras el azote del huracán Matthew al oriente del país
Dos aviones con artículos de emergencia donados por Japón arribaron este lunes al Aeropuerto Internacional José Martí de La Habana, como parte de la ayuda internacional ofrecida a los cubanos tras los daños ocasionados por el huracán Irma, informó PL.
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.
PROVIDENCIALES, 15 September, 2017 - Jay Deanne, a sombre 11 year-old, is trying to put a brave face on things, especially for his brother, Kennedy. He is now safe in the Enid Capron Primary School, one of two government shelters set up for those caught up in the terrifying hurricane, Irma, on the island of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. But he felt far from safe while Irma raged, “I was very scared. There was lots of rain, thunder and lightning.
ANTIGUA, 15 September 2017 –UNICEF has rolled out a programme offering psychosocial support to children whose lives were disrupted when the devastating Hurricane Irma rampaged through the northern chain of Caribbean islands on 6 September 2017.
Damage Assessment in South Caicos Island
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.
Irma ha sido uno de los huracanes más poderosos jamás registrados en el Atlántico Oriental llegando a alcanzar la máxima categoría con vientos sostenidos de 300 km/h.
Mosquiteras impregnadas, lonas de plástico, herramientas para la reconstrucción, bidones de agua y "kit" de cocina e higiene son algunos de los productos que integrarán la donación española.
By Desmond Brown
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Sep 20 2017 (IPS) - As Hurricane Maria continues to barrel its way across the Caribbean, details are slowly emerging of the number of deaths and the extent of the devastation left in its wake in Dominica.
Maria made landfall on the tiny island of 72,000 on the evening of Sept. 18 with maximum sustained winds of nearly 160 miles per hour.
Hartley Henry, Principal Advisor to Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, said he had spoken with the prime minister early this morning via satellite phone.
Satellite Detected Waters in Barbuda Island
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.
This map documents the damage resulting from Hurricane Irma across the Salt Cay island to public buildings and infrastructure as recorded by the Department of Disaster & Emergency Management (DDEM) and UNDAC.
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.
The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands met on Monday with representatives from the Caribbean islands affected by hurricane Irma, as well as the UN institutions, to discuss the devastation the storm has caused. The parties decided to work together to do everything possible to provide the people on the islands with emergency aid and assist with reconstruction.
Cientos de miles de personas continúan afectadas tras el paso, durante más de 72 horas, del huracán Irma, que dejó daños considerables en las viviendas, la infraestructura electroenergética, el sector agropecuario, la salud y la educación.
Cuba aplaza por un mes elecciones primarias debido a las graves afectaciones ocasionadas por el huracán.
El Sistema de las Naciones Unidas en Cuba presentó hoy en La Habana su Plan de Acción para movilizar 55,8 millones de USD en apoyo a 2,15 millones de personas damnificadas.
Hundreds of thousands of people remain affected after more than 72 hours of Hurricane Irma battering Cuba, which inflicted serious damage to the housing, energy, communications, agriculture, health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and education sectors throughout the country.
Cuba has postponed, for a month, primary elections in the country due to the emergency situation.
Today, in Havana, the United Nations System in Cuba (UNS) presented a US $55.8 million Action Plan to address the urgent needs of 2.15 million people.
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.