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)
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)
- Hurricane Irma: Revised Regional Response Plan for the Caribbean Region (as of 20 October 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
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CIUDAD DE PANAMÁ, 13 de diciembre de 2017 - Tres meses después de que dos huracanes de categoría 5, Irma y María, barrieran el Caribe causando víctimas mortales y daños generalizados, miles de niños y niñas siguen necesitando ayuda en toda la región.
Irma, el huracán más poderoso jamás registrado en el Océano Atlántico, causó grandes daños en las islas del Caribe Oriental, Haití y Cuba. Días después, el huracán María causó daños adicionales en toda la zona. Ambos huracanes dejaron a 350.000 niños y niñas necesitados de asistencia humanitaria, según las estimaciones de UNICEF.
A. Situation Analysis
Description of the Disaster
On 6 September 2017, Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 hurricane packing winds more than 185 miles per hour, impacted several eastern Caribbean countries. Irma’s wide band swept over Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat and Saint Kitts and Nevis, with Barbuda and Anguilla most heavily affected.
Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the annual high-level pledging conference for the Central Emergency Response Fund, in New York today:
It is a pleasure for me to be here with you to celebrate a United Nations success story — the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Over the past 12 years, CERF has been at the forefront of humanitarian response.
The DTM in Antigua and Barbuda assessed evacuation centers (collective centers) primarily through the site assessment component which includes visits, observations, physical counts and key informant interviews. This Return Intention Survey captures essential information on the population including their intentions and perceptions to obtain a comprehensive view of the displaced population and provide targeted assistance to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) remaining in evacuation centers. This report includes data collected during the period of 20-21 November 2017.
Situation in Numbers
# affected children in need of assistance in Hurricane Irma- and Maria-affected countries
# affected children in Dominica
# children in temporary shelters in Antigua, British Virgin Islands, Dominica
The Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations has completed delivering humanitarian aid to Cuba.
A ship delivered the third cargo of relief supplies to the port of Mariel Artemisa province of Cuba on the night of 1 December. There is some 200 tons of construction materials, mobile power stations and food from Rosrezerv (the Federal State Reserves Agency). Two more cargoes of more than 900 tons of relief supplies were delivered to Cuba earlier in the month.
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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.
Situation in numbers
+357,000 estimated # of children in need of immediate assistance in Cuba, ECA, Haiti and Dominican Republic.
+39,000 children in need of immediate assistance in ECA, with 20,000 children affected by Hurricane Maria in Dominica.
56% children remain out of school in Dominica.
Tras el paso del huracán Irma se han atendido a más de 46.000 personas, de las cuales una suma superior a las 12.000 solicitaron créditos y 1.858 recibieron subsidios, destacó el Consejo de Defensa Provincial
SANTA CLARA, Villa Clara.— Las trazas del huracán Irma van cediendo en esta provincia, donde la más reciente información del Consejo de Defensa Provincial (CDP) precisa que, del total de viviendas perjudicadas, se resolvieron 9.513 casos, lo que representa el 18,4 por ciento del total.
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An official ceremony of handing over humanitarian aid delivered by the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations has been held today at the port of Mariel, Artemisa province of Cuba.
The 300-ton cargo of construction materials, mobile power stations and food provided by the Russian Federal Agency for State Reserves was delivered to Cuba by sea.
Over 1,100 tons of relief supplies are planned to be brought in by the end of the month.
Between now and the end of the lean season expected mid-2018, more than 1.3 million individuals, representing nearly 18% of the population, will face severe food insecurity according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification analysis (October 2017) and struggle to ensure a minimal food intake. They require immediate assistance to cover their basic food needs.
Cuba – La OIM, el Organismo de las Naciones Unidas para la Migración, apoyará a 1600 familias damnificadas por el Huracán Irma en varios municipios afectados en Villa Clara, Cuba, a través de una donación de colchones y juegos de cama.
Los contenedores con los materiales arribaron el 23 de octubre pasado al puerto de Mariel, en el occidente de Cuba, y fueron trasladados por ferrocarril hasta Villa Clara. Se espera que la ayuda llegue a sus beneficiarios en los próximos días.
Mariel, 20 nov (ACN) El gobierno de la Federación de Rusia entregó hoy un donativo al pueblo de Cuba, afectado severamente en septiembre último por los embates del huracán Irma, para ayudar a la recuperación de las zonas más afectadas por el potente evento hidrometeorológico.
La ceremonia de entrega de la ayuda humanitaria tuvo lugar en la Terminal de Contenedores de la Zona Especial de Desarrollo Mariel, por donde arribó el cargamento con más de 282 toneladas, de unas mil 133 que deben completarse en los próximos días vía marítima.
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.