Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Kitts and Nevis: Hurricane Irma (MDR49009): Operation update no. 3

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.

The primary focus of this emergency appeal is Barbuda where livelihoods, housing, infrastructure and basic services such as health, telecommunication, electricity, water, sewage and waste systems, as well as agricultural land were severely affected. As of now, 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.