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)
As of 2 October, the Office of UN Resident Coordinator in Cuba reported that there were 158,554 houses damaged, 980 health institutions affected, 95,000 hectares of agricultural land damaged and more than 500 kilometers of roads damaged. The most affected provinces were Camagüey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spíritus, and Villa Clara. Other territories, such as Guantánamo, Holguín, Las Tunas, Cienfuegos, Matanzas, Mayabeque, and Havana, were also damaged by the hurricane. (UN ORC in Cuba, 2 Oct 2017)
As of 2 November, in the territories affected by Hurricane Irma, attention is being paid to the affected population with priority being placed on households with young children, pregnant women, persons with disabilities and the elderly, and those whose houses were completely destroyed. Along with the recovery of the housing, health and education sectors, and the production of food, actions are being taken to repair damaged hotel facilities at Santa María, Coco, and Guillermo keys, in the wake of the tourist high season that began on November 1st. (UN ORC in Cuba, 2 Nov 2017)
Three months after the destructive hurricane Irma, the traces left on the northern coast of Cuba are still being felt in the affected provinces, where the basic conditions and livelihood of millions of people were affected. (UN ORC in Cuba, 15 Dec 2017)
As of 12 December, only 10% of the population (about 200 residents) of Barbuda has returned, with the remainder of the affected population in emergency shelters or host communities in Antigua. The Government of Antigua & Barbuda have announced that the remaining emergency shelters will be closed in mid-December and that schooling on Barbuda will resume in January. These efforts are to encourage displace residents to return to Barbuda and begin the recovery process. (IFRC, 12 Dec 2017)
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- 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
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El desbordamiento del río La Paila en Corinto (Cauca) desencadenó un deslizamiento que causó seis muertes, 60 personas heridas y la pérdida de 139 hogares. Las inundaciones también afectaron carreteras, centros de salud y escuelas. Las autoridades han recogido los desechos y distribuido agua potable.
5,361 personas afectadas
Flooding from the overflow of La Paila river in Corinto (Cauca department) triggered a mudslide that killed six people, injured 60 and destroyed 139 homes, per the Government. The flooding also affected road networks, two health centres and two schools. Authorities have responded with clearing debris and distributing clean water.
5,361 people affected
Más de mil viviendas de diferentes tipologías, destinadas a las familias damnificadas del huracán Irma, serán construidas en Camagüey antes de que finalice el año
CAMAGÜEY.–Más de mil viviendas de diferentes tipologías, destinadas a las familias damnificadas del huracán Irma, serán construidas en esta provincia antes de que finalice el año, buena parte de las cuales se concentran en Minas, Sierra de Cubitas y Esmeralda, municipios que sufrieron los mayores daños.
FACTS & FIGURES
6.2 million people have been affected throughout the Caribbean due to extreme drought in 2015 - a consequence of the El Niño weather phenomenon.
€61 million for disaster preparedness since 1994 European Commission assistance to the Caribbean:
€540.5 million since 1994
- €378.3 million for Haiti
- €162.2 million for the rest of the Caribbean.
The Government of the British Virgin Islands was faced with accommodating close to 300 persons in emergency shelters following the devastation left as a result of the passage of Hurricane Irma, followed by the impact of Hurricane Maria two weeks later.
Bringing Aid To Sint Maarten
K1 Britannia Foundation has continued to play a key role in the disaster relief efforts following both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Both hurricanes devastated much of the Caribbean and left many homeless and unemployed. Although the emergency relief phase in St Maarten is now over, K1 continues to provide water, food and materials to care-based institutions and vulnerable persons on the island.
Tras el paso del huracán María el pasado 20 de septiembre, la tasa de pobreza en la isla caribeña se incrementó de 44,3 por ciento a 52,3 por ciento
Resguardada por esplendorosos follajes verdes, las autopistas o las grandes edificaciones metropolitanas, la pobreza era hasta hoy una realidad oculta en Puerto Rico, al rebasar el 52,3 por ciento tras el huracán María.
Storm ravaged countries need the Commonwealth’s innovative regenerative model to build back better and stronger, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland asserted last night in a powerful presentation about the Commonwealth’s importance.
Ciego de Ávila, 28 nov (ACN) Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, integrante del Buró Político del Partido y primer vicepresidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministro, reconoció hoy los avances de Ciego de Ávila en la recuperación de viviendas que fueron dañadas por el huracán Irma en menos de tres meses.
El dirigente destacó el hecho de que el 20 por ciento de las casas recobradas ya están siendo habitadas, de las 31 mil 500 que resultaron severamente perjudicadas.
The Territory is among countries in the Caribbean region that will benefit from the European Union’s (EU) €300 million development support package following the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The assistance comes as Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, held meetings last week with world leaders, including the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, to discuss support for the BVI at the CARICOM-UN High-Level Pledging Conference in New York.
General Manager of the British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), Mr. Leroy Abraham has said that the restoration of electricity in the Virgin Islands is moving faster than expected.
Mr. Abraham said that more assistance has arrived from abroad including a 27-person team organised by the United Kingdom through Varlard, a Canadian electricity company.
Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, held further discussions with the President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Warren Smith, on a financial package to support the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the BVI after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The Premier and CDB President met at the CARICOM-UN High-Level Pledging Conference, where they identified how financial support could be expedited to the Territory.
Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE during his presentation at the United Nations (UN) High Level Pledging Conference in New York last week, appealed to members of the International Donors Community and Member States of the UN for financial assistance to support the Territory’s plans to rebuild the BVI as a Climate Resilient destination.
Premier told the world of the unprecedented trio of severe weather events which left the Territory devastated at half way through the 2017 hurricane season.
El donativo de esa nación hermana consiste en una cargamento de mil toneladas de arroz para ayudar a resarcir los daños ocasionados por el huracán Irma
El Partido, el Estado y el pueblo vietnamita tuvieron este martes un nuevo gesto de solidaridad hacia Cuba al donarle mil toneladas de arroz para ayudar a resarcir los daños ocasionados por el huracán Irma, destaca Prensa Latina.
Saddled with debt, small storm-prone islands and territories require more than the traditional donor toolkit
Two months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria charged through the Caribbean, donors this week pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild. But the financial toolkit for the region looks unable to meet the threat of more monster storms in future, let alone the short-term recovery needs.
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Statement at CARICOM-UN High Level Pledging Conference on Building a More Climate-Resilient Community; Segment: Response from Partners Including Perspectives on Financing Reconstruction and Resilience. UN Headquarters, New York
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PAHO’s Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief this week donated two vehicles as part of its pledge of $1M to support the Ministry of Health and Social Development.
Plus de 2 milliards de dollars américains en contribution au relèvement annoncés lors de la Conférence ONU-CARICOM
NEW YORK, Nov 22 (KUNA) -- Kuwait announced that His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah ordered the donation of USD one million to be delivered to victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which hit the Caribbean Sea region back in September.
This announcement was delivered by Kuwait's Permanent Delegate to the UN Headquarters in New York Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi to the donor's conference for the reconstruction states within the Caribbean Sea region.