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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.

18 Nov 2017 description

UK stands by Caribbean and Overseas Territories as they build back better after hurricanes

On her first overseas visit International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has reaffirmed that the UK stands by those Overseas Territories and independent Commonwealth Caribbean countries devastated by the recent hurricanes and seen how British aid is helping to rebuild people’s lives.

17 Nov 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• 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

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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

39,000
# affected children in need of assistance in Irma and Maria-affected countries

19,800
# affected children in Dominica

740
# people in temporary shelters in Dominica

Highlights

16 Nov 2017 description

16-nov-2017

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.

15 Nov 2017 description

Summary

A month after Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean, humanitarian efforts across all islands are still responding to the devastation. However, more efforts are required to help the countries’ transition to long-term recovery. This revised version of the Regional Response Plan (launched on 15 September 2017) is based on updates from completed assessments and the most recent information.

15 Nov 2017 description
report Start Network

We failed this summer - let’s embrace it

by Sarah Klassen

15 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Resilient Transport Vital to Curb Disaster Losses in Small Island Developing States

Improved policies alone could reduce the impact of natural disasters on well-being by 13 to 25% in small island countries

15 Nov 2017 description
report Government of Cuba

Dijo que la participación popular es decisiva en la edificación de los nuevos inmuebles, la mayoría más resistentes y fuertes que los derribados por el meteoro

PUNTA ALEGRE, Ciego de Ávila.–El general de cuerpo de Ejército Joaquín Quintas Solá reconoció los avances en la construcción de viviendas en este poblado del norte de la provincia, uno de los más dañados del país por los fuertes vientos del huracán Irma, el pasado septiembre.

15 Nov 2017 description

13 November, 2017, Bonn, Germany – Islands are experiencing an increase in the intensity of tropical cyclones, and this will become the new normal.

This was the key message during yesterday’s joint side event between Climate Analytics, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), held during the Twenty-third United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) in Bonn, Germany this week, 6-17 November, 2017.