Hurricanes Irma and Maria Situation Update - 28 September 2017
1. Logistics Operational Updates
Antigua & Barbuda
Debris clearing operations and maintenance work to re-establish water supplies are underway in Barbuda. Lack of generators continues to be an issue. Barbuda’s airfield is operational, however some repair works are still needed especially with regards to the airfield fencing.
The daily ferry service from Antigua to Barbuda has resumed. Organisations interested in utilising this service to transport cargo need to notify the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS). Additional clearances are required for overnight movement.
Humanitarian actors need to communicate directly with the NODS to clear receipts and dispatches for the storage facility at Antigua’s St John’s airport.
Disruption to power supplies, lack of fuel and road access constraints, especially in the south of the island, are severely hampering emergency relief efforts to reach hurricane-affected people.
The Logistics Sector in Antigua has been facilitating the consolidation of humanitarian organisations’ relief items and logistical equipment from Antigua to Dominica on board the HNLMS Pelikaan, a logistic support vessel of the Royal Netherlands Navy.
On 24 September the Pelikaan transported two Mobile Storage Units (MSUs) – 10 x 24 m - and food and nonfood items, including relief supplies donated by the Government of Antigua, to Dominica. The MSUs will be erected in Roseau, on the island’s west coast, to increase storage capacity at the city’s airport and port.
On 26 September the Pelikaan transported additional cargo consolidated in Antigua and a third MSU (32 x 10 m). This will be set up at Douglas-Charles Airport (DOM) to serve the Northeastern coast of Dominica.
For further information on future cargo movement on board the Pellikan between Antigua and Dominica, organisations can contact the logistical focal points based in Antigua (contact details below)
Canadian, Dutch, French, UK and USA military assets operating in the area are progressively scaling down operations.