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
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Governor Augustus Jaspert said the Premier and Members of his Cabinet have met and received an indication of what will be needed to bring the system back to a fully functional state.
Havana, 1 December 2017 -- Switzerland government is providing 1.9 million Swiss francs (1.93 million dollars) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Food Programme (WFP) to support Cuban families affected by Hurricane Irma. The funds will be used for housing rehabilitation and emergency food assistance for the most vulnerable groups of the population reaching about 660 thousand people.
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"I cannot get the best medical help in Puerto Rico, and it has become even worse after Hurricane Maria"
By Robin Respaut and Alvin Baez
KISSIMMEE, Florida, Jan 12 (Reuters) - At Leslie Campbell's office in the central Florida city of St. Cloud, the phone will not stop ringing.
Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
As at end December 2017, UN-coordinated appeals and refugee response plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) required US$24.7 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 105.1 million crisis-affected people in 38 countries. Together the appeals were funded at $13.8 billion, or 54% of requirements. Funding for the appeals in 2017 fell 46% short of requirements, with $10.9 billion outstanding.
Depuis le tremblement de terre dévastateur de 2010 en Haïti, cette île des Caraïbes n'a pas été épargné par des évènements climatiques extrêmes tels que Sandy, Matthew, ou encore Maria. Sa situation géographique, entre la mer des Caraïbes et l'océan Atlantique la rend vulnérable à ces aléas climatiques et qui, selon les experts, devraient devenir de plus en plus fréquents dans les années à venir.
El huracán Irma afectó más de 43 000 casas en el territorio
Camagüey.— En esta provincia se han recuperado más de 10 200 viviendas, del total de 43 300 afectadas por el huracán Irma, informó Isabel González Cárdenas, presidenta de la Asamblea Provincial del Poder Popular.
Apuntó que en la costa norte agramontina, sobre todo en los municipios de Esmeralda, Sierra de Cubitas, Nuevitas y Minas, donde el huracán fue más inclemente, así como en el resto de las localidades, la recuperación no se detiene.
Elderly homes on Tortola and Virgin Gorda will soon undergo needed emergency repairs to their structures which sustained extensive damage following the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The repair works are being funded by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Health Emergency Department and will seek to achieve the Smart Health Care Facilities standards thereby reducing operating costs and making the facilities safer for residents and staff.
Recuperan importante polo productivo del territorio que sufrió cuantiosas afectaciones por el paso del huracán Irma
Los embates del más reciente huracán sobre las tierras de la Empresa Agropecuaria Horquita, en el municipio de Abreus, dañaron unas 300 hectáreas (ha) del cultivo de plátano y 350 de maíz, entre otras afectaciones. Hoy se han restablecido las áreas del primero, según declaran los especialistas, quienes agregaron que en unos dos meses deben estabilizarse las producciones de esta vianda.
The steering committee established to spearhead the recovery process of countries hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, in September of 2017, have been moving ahead in the venture, information coming out from the CARICOM Secretariat stated.
Following the successful staging of the CARICOM-UN High-Level Pledging Conference at UN Headquarters in New York on November 21, 2017, the Steering Committee has continued to meet with a renewed focus on translating pledges into concrete programmes and initiatives.
Países Miembros 5
Recursos de Información 11
Próximos Eventos 12
Huracanes Irma y María:
Hurricanes Irma and Maria: health sector response
In the space of one month, several nations of the Caribbean were ravaged by two category 5 hurricanes packing winds of up to 160 mph (260 km/h). Hurricane Irma passed through 11 islands in the Caribbean starting on 5 September 2017, followed a week later by Hurricane Maria, which impacted six islands, including three in Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, that had already been hit by Irma. The total population of the islands is 37.2 million people.
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ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Free advice is available to Virgin Island survivors who are cleaning up and rebuilding after hurricanes Irma and Maria, including techniques to lessen damage to homes, businesses and property in the event of future storms.
Release date: January 6, 2018
Release Number: 091
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – As the people of Puerto Rico rebuild homes damaged by the flooding and hurricanes of September, FEMA and The Home Depot have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on how to make homes stronger and safer.
El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias, con el acompañamiento del Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA) desarrolla un taller sobre experiencias y lecciones aprendidas durante el paso de los huracanes Irma y María en septiembre de este año.
Aunque Irma lo azotó como ningún otro huracán, el territorio avileño asume la recuperación con el empeño de que cada obra nueva tenga más calidad que las afectadas
Release date: January 5, 2018
Release Number: NR 75
ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Since hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the territory in September, federal assistance has been consistently flowing to survivors and communities to repair, recover and rebuild. So far, more than $456 million in federal funding has been provided.
A menos de cuatro meses de que el huracán Irma azotara nuestro país, una de las provincias más afectadas se recupera paulatinamente
MATANZAS.–Desde la tarde del día 9 de septiembre el cielo se oscureció y comenzó a soplar el viento con carácter intermitente. Luego la lluvia no muy fuerte se sumó al concierto. Avanzada la noche el viento enfurecido azuzó a las olas del mar, que en algunos puntos se lanzaron dispuestas a barrer con todo.
La adversidad puso a prueba el valor y la capacidad organizativa de los matanceros.