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17 Dec 2017 description

On 18 September 2017 Hurricane Maria struck Dominica with sustained winds of 260 km/h. The Category 5 hurricane caused widespread damage and destruction in Dominica, one of the poorest countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The UN estimated that the entire population suffered direct damage to housing and livelihoods. On 29 September 2017 a Flash Appeal was launched, seeking US$31.1 million to support the relief operations for three months. As of 15 December, $17.2 million has been contributed, including $3.0 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund.

17 Dec 2017 description
report United Nations

This report is produced by the United Nations in collaboration with humanitarian partners in Dominica. It covers the period from 30 November to 13 December 2017 and is the last situation report.

Highlights

  • A national wide assessment to identify and quantify the level of damage caused by Hurricane Maria on farm access roads is being conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Progamme (WFP). The first 14 farm access roads have been assessed and information on the required interventions is available.

16 Dec 2017 description

The end of the month of November also marked the end of the 2017 hurricane season. Even though Haiti was spared from the major hurricanes that hit the region, hurricanes Irma and Maria, still had an impact on the country, notably the Nord-Est department, which was classified in crisis phase (IPC phase 3) in the IPC report for October 2017 - February 2018. Grand'Anse department was also classified in crisis phase. The IPC report further revealed that about 1.32 million people are severely food insecure in Haiti.

15 Dec 2017 description

SITUATION

  • Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Three quarters of the population lives on less than $2 per day, making Haiti extremely vulnerable to price spikes in the global food market as well as natural disasters.

  • Haiti remains susceptible to environmental shocks, such as Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, whose impacts continue to drive food insecurity across the country.

15 Dec 2017 description

Roseau – 12 December – Over 800 hurricane-affected Dominicans have received training and are being temporarily employed as part of the National Employment Programme, a UNDP-backed strategy to place affected people at the centre of the recovery process after hurricane Maria decimated the island nation three months ago.

14 Dec 2017 description

December 14, 2017, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved USD65.5 million in loans and grants to the Government of the British Virgin Islands to assist with the recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction of social and economic infrastructure, resulting from the cumulative effects of recent severe weather events.

14 Dec 2017 description

Relief supplies were sent from the port of Novorossiysk to Dominica on the night of 14 December following a request of the Commonwealth of Dominica and order of the Russian Government. The vessel is carrying more than 174 tons of food, construction materials, mobile power stations and tents. By the end of the month another 61 tons of humanitarian aid is going to be sent to Dominica.

14 Dec 2017 description

By Sophie Hares

TEPIC, Mexico, Dec 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A group of Caribbean nations, many devastated by recent hurricanes, will work with companies, development banks and other organisations to curb damage from climate change and grow cleanly, under an action plan launched this week.

13 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

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.

13 Dec 2017 description

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.

13 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

PANAMA CITY/GENEVA, 13 December 2017 – Three months after two category-5 hurricanes - Irma and Maria - barreled through the Caribbean, causing widespread damage and loss of life, thousands of children remain in need of support across the region.

13 Dec 2017 description

The Caribbean Climate-Smart Coalition seeks rapid implementation of US $8 billion climate investment plan that will transform regional energy system, build resiliency, drive economic growth and set a global example

12 Dec 2017 description
map NetHope

Reconnecting Puerto Rico

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Nethope and its partners have been working on (re)-connecting several thousand first responders and affected people to the internet across Puerto Rico. This allows non-governmental organizations as well as local and federal institutions to coordinate their response and improve the quality of their work in real time.

12 Dec 2017 description

December 12, 2017, PARIS – Recent hurricanes have left unprecedented devastation across the Caribbean and it is a traumatic time for all those who live in the region. Whole communities and towns have been decimated, and the global community needs to act quickly and give generously to relieve suffering and help to rebuild. Alongside the on-going emergency response, Caribbean leaders today announced the launch of a new public-private coalition to create the world's first "climate-smart zone".

10 Dec 2017 description

Goals

The aim of this rapid Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) needs assessment is to understand the needs of communities affected by Hurricane Maria in Dominica, identify existing services and resources, and generate recommendations to inform the design of International Medical Corps programs.

Background

Country profile

10 Dec 2017 description

Release date: December 9, 2017

Release Number: DR-4339-PR NR 066

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Federal assistance to survivors, municipality governments and Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria now tops $1 billion less than three months after Maria’s landfall.

More than a million Puerto Rican residents registered for FEMA assistance. FEMA has provided funds to more than 366,000 families in Puerto Rico including:

10 Dec 2017 description

Release date: December 9, 2017

Release Number: NR 62

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – U.S. Virgin Islanders affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria now have until January 8, 2018to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).