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
A poco más de una semana del impacto del huracán Irma en 13 de las 15 provincias de Cuba, todavía se contabilizan los severos daños a sectores vitales para la población como la vivienda, la infraestructura electroenergética, abasto de agua, la producción de alimentos, la salud y la educación. Se estima que la recuperación tomará tiempo y recursos aún no contabilizados en su totalidad.
Over a week after the impact of Hurricane Irma to 13 of Cuba's 15 provinces, severe damage to vital sectors such as housing, electro-energetic infrastructure, water supply, food production, health and education are still being reported. Recovery is expected to take time and resources are not yet fully estimated. Severe damage to tunnels, pavement, bridges, causeways, airports, and main and secondary roads still obstructs the transportation of people and resources in Guantánamo, Ciego de Avila, Matanzas and La Habana Provinces.
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.
After completing a fact-finding mission in Cuba to identify those most in need, Oxfam is working with partners and Cuban officials to respond to the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Irma.
One of the most powerful storms in recent history, Irma killed ten people on the island and caused damage to 13 of Cuba’s 15 provinces. Oxfam toured the hardest-hit areas, finding collapsed roofs, flooded fields, downed trees and power lines, and a collapse of electricity and water supply systems.
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
This bulletin is being issued for information only; it reflects the current situation and details available at this time. Information bulletins no.1, 2, 3 and 4 are available here. This will be the last information update specifically related to Hurricane Irma.
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, September 19, 2017. CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) announced today that since its inception in 2007, it has made payouts of a little more than US$100 million to 12 of its 17 member countries – all within 14 days of the event. The US$100 million mark was reached following payouts under the excess rainfall policy of three countries – Anguilla, Turks & Caicos Islands and The Bahamas – as a result of rainfall from Hurricane Irma.
CATEGORY 5-rated Hurricane Maria is passing through a swathe of Caribbean islands, many of which had already been severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. The storm, with wind speeds of 160 mph (260 kmh) has made landfall in Dominica, and is threatening catastrophic damage and storm surges in its wake. At present, the track of the storm means that the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Turks and Caicos islands are most at risk.
SYNOPSIS OF HURRICANE IRMA
SYNOPSIS OF HURRICANE IRMA
Tres aeronaves procedentes de Japón, Bolivia y Colombia llegarán este martes a Cuba con ayuda humanitaria para los damnificados del poderoso huracán
Tres aeronaves procedentes de Japón, Bolivia y Colombia llegarán este martes a Cuba con ayuda humanitaria para los damnificados del huracán Irma, un potente meteoro que azotó recientemente la isla caribeña.
Damage Assessment in Providenciales
Over a week after Hurricane Irma’s ferocious winds and storm surge ravaged Cuba, people in the hardest-hit areas of the Caribbean island are still struggling to meet their basic needs.
Thanks to $320,000 from the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF), Oxfam Canada will help approximately 4,500 people in the province of Camagüey with immediate necessities. The storm damaged or destroyed more than 90 percent of the homes in the municipality of Esmerelda on the northern part of the island.
On the forecast track of Hurricane Maria, currently a category 4 Hurricane, the center of the storm will move across the Leeward Islands late today and tonight, bringing heavy rain and wind to islands that were already impacted by Hurricane Irma.
In Anguilla, the Ann-Victoria Smith Polyclinic (Welches Polyclinic) is operational and will absorb patients of the Valley Health Center and Dental Unit which has closed due to major damage.
In the central areas of the country, where basic services have not yet been restored, water provision with tank trucks has been increased and processed food supply has been set up. Shelter is among the most affected sectors. Central provinces of Villa Clara and Ciego de Ávila account for about 50,000 damaged houses. Joint work is being carried out in the recovery of damaged health facilities. Collapsed medical offices of affected communities are relocated. The number of affected schools has risen to 2,186.
En los territorios del centro del país donde todavía no se han podido restablecer los servicios básicos, se intensifica el suministro de agua mediante carros cisterna y se establecen puntos de venta de alimentos elaborados. La vivienda se encuentra entre los sectores más afectados. Las centrales provincias de Villa Clara y Ciego de Ávila concentran unas 50.000 viviendas dañadas. Se trabaja en la recuperación de las unidades de salud afectadas, y se reubican consultorios médicos con derrumbe total de comunidades afectadas.
Danilo Medina hizo un importante reclamo ante la ONU hoy. Pidió crear un fondo de solidaridad para la prevención y reconstrucción de países caribeños dañados por huracanes.
Irma no es caso aislado
Indicó que el huracán Irma no es un caso aislado. Tiene que ver con el cambio climático que daña la economía, el turismo y la vida de nuestra gente.
Participa en reunión sobre impacto del huracán Irma
Las primeras acciones para dar respuesta a los pronósticos meteorológicos de estos días han sido puestas en marcha. Actualmente, el huracán María ha alcanzado el nivel 3 con vientos máximos sostenidos de 195 kilómetros por hora.
El evento meteorológico estaría acercándose a una velocidad de 19 kilómetros por hora.
La información fue ofrecida en dos reuniones sostenidas esta mañana y presididas por el ministro de la Presidencia, Gustavo Montalvo.
Lluvias abundantes y marejada fuerte
Oxfam ya está trabajando para ayudar a las comunidades más fuertemente afectadas por el huracán Irma tras su paso por Cuba, en colaboración con el Gobierno del país y organizaciones locales.
El huracán que más fuerte ha golpeado la isla de su historia reciente, mató a diez personas y causó daños en 13 de las 15 provincias cubanas. Oxfam ha recorrido las zonas más afectadas, encontrando viviendas derruidas, campos de cultivo inundados, carreteras bloqueadas y un colapso de los sistemas de suministro de electricidad y agua.