CATEGORY 5-rated Hurricane Maria is passing through a swathe of Caribbean islands, many of which had already been severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. The storm, with wind speeds of 160 mph (260 kmh) has made landfall in Dominica, and is threatening catastrophic damage and storm surges in its wake. At present, the track of the storm means that the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Turks and Caicos islands are most at risk.
SALVATION Army emergency responders in Bangladesh are providing practical and emotional support to people affected by flooding in Jessore District. Across the country, an estimated eight million people have been affected by floods, with at least 145 killed.
The South Western District brought together a 12-member rapid-response team, coordinated by the district officer. The team has formed links with local government representatives and met with the Deputy Commissioner of Khulna and Jessore.
HURRICANE Irma has caused devastation in parts of the Caribbean, rendering the island of Barbuda ‘barely habitable’ according to Prime Minister Gaston Browne. The Salvation Army on nearby Antigua is working with the government to provide emergency food supplies to evacuees who have fled the neighbouring island.
THE Salvation Army in Sierra Leone is responding after torrential rains in the capital, Freetown, caused significant floods and devastating landslides. According to the latest reports, almost 400 people are known to have lost their lives – most in a landslide that buried houses in the Regent neighbourhood – and at least 600 are missing. The country's Office of National Security estimates that more than 3,000 people have lost their homes.
The Salvation Army in South America is responding after severe flooding hit communities in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, with the Uruguay River – some of which marks the borders between the countries – rising up to 14 metres and breaching its banks in many places.
In Brazil, more than 1,600 people were affected in the municipality of Uruguaiana. The last severe flood was in 1982, so people are not used to dealing with this situation.