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22 Oct 2017 description

Release Number: NR 027

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands have until December 18 to register for assistance with FEMA.

FEMA has granted the territorial government’s request to extend the deadlines and make the deadline the same for both disasters.

“We understand that the ongoing communications challenges and power outages have made it difficult for some Virgin Islanders to register with FEMA, and we want to ensure everyone has an opportunity,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer William Vogel.

21 Oct 2017 description

As governments in several Caribbean countries start rebuilding key infrastructure, housing and communities after hurricanes Maria and Irma hit several island nations a month ago, the Government of the People’s Republic of China is supporting efforts to build back better.

Responding to the catastrophic damage left by two back-to-back category 5 hurricanes – the most powerful ever recorded in the Atlantic –the Ministry of Commerce of China has provided funds totaling US$5 million for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to assist communities in post-disaster recovery.

20 Oct 2017 description

As Hurricane Maria bore down on Dominica on the night of September 18, Cecil Shillingford, a USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) disaster risk management specialist and life-long Dominican resident, took shelter from the 160-mile-per-hour winds in his home outside the capital city of Roseau.

20 Oct 2017 description

One month after Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica, the Government and humanitarian actors have reached 100 per cent of communities with some type of emergency assistance. Aerial assessments estimate that more than 16,000 homes, approximately 62 per cent, are heavily damaged or destroyed. Livelihoods and housing recovery will require substantial investment and time. Continued assistance will be required in the coming months to ensure people have food, water and shelter, and access to adequate social services such as health care and education.

20 Oct 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 15 to 19 October 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 26 October 2017.

Highlights

  • Due to heavy rains on 16-17 October, the Government postponed the first phase of school reopening originally scheduled for 16 October. Eleven secondary schools opened on 18 October and 20 primary schools are scheduled to open on 23 October.

20 Oct 2017 description
report MAP International

by Beth Hodges

One month ago today, Hurricane Maria roared through the Caribbean and slammed into Puerto Rico. While media coverage is beginning to fade, the suffering for so many continues. The damage to the island has been staggering with power outages expected to continue for six months or longer. Over half the residents do not have access to clean drinking water; less than 10 percent of roads are passable.

20 Oct 2017 description

KEY FACTS AND FIGURES

The following are the findings from collective centers assessed during the first round of DTM assessments conducted from 11-15 October 2017.

63 collective centers house Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Dominica

These 63 centres house 361 households (1,862 individuals) 53% of the displaced population reside in schools.

A reported 32% of the IDPs residing in collective centers present a vulnerability.

20 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Situation in Numbers

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

  • 19,800 affected children in Dominica

  • 2,900 people in shelters in Dominica

  • 1070 children from Dominica and Barbuda estimated to be integrated in schools in Antigua

Highlights

19 Oct 2017 description
report UN News Service

19 October 2017 – Mere mention of the Caribbean conjures up images of pristine waters, beautiful beaches and fun in the sun. However, the images emanating from the region over the past couple of months have painted a very different picture.

19 Oct 2017 description

The Commonwealth of Dominica is a sovereign island country, part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The island lies - southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. Its area is 750km2, and the highest point is Morne Diablotins. The island’s vegetation is dense, a consequence of its elevation and very high rainfall, which varies from about 1800mm per year on the western coast to over 7,500mm in the mountainous interior. Dominica is a lower middle-income country and the poorest of the southeastern Caribbean islands.

19 Oct 2017 description

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has not been activated in response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean region. World Food Programme (WFP), in its capacity as global ETC lead, is supporting the response activities coordinated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

Highlights

19 Oct 2017 description

Roseau, Dominica, 18 October 2017 – Following the colossal category 5 hurricane that decimated the Caribbean island nation of Dominica on 18 September a UN-wide Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) kicks off today, led by a senior UNDP and World Bank team on the ground.

Critical infrastructure—including electrical lines, houses, and public buildings such as government offices, schools and hospitals—key to the economy and people’s livelihoods, were significantly damaged.

18 Oct 2017 description

A British Virgin Islands (BVI) delegation led by Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourble D. Orlando Smith, OBE held a high-level meeting on reconstruction with the President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Warren Smith and senior bank staff at the Annual World Bank/IMF meetings in Washington, DC on October 13.

The two sides discussed financing options for the Territory to rebuild and rehabilitate its infrastructure after the widespread damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria.