Hurricanes Irma and Maria Situation Update - 5 October 2017
1. Logistics Operational Updates
• A third consignment of emergency supplies loaded in Antigua, on board the Royal Netherlands Navy vessel Pelikaan, arrived in Dominica on 2 October with cargo from several organisations, including Samaritan’s Purse, DfID, UNICEF, International Medical Corps and WFP.
• The Pelikaan also provided fuel supply (ship Diesel) to organisations to support operations and during permanence at Roseau port.
• In line with the Government of Dominica (GoD) plans and with the support of WFP logistics teams on the ground, arrivals are offloaded and secured at Roseau port before further dispatch. Organisations are reminded to be at port to receive their respective consignments to facilitate their release.
• To augment storage capacity at the port, WFP is preparing to install two 28x10 Mobile Storage Units (MSUs).
These will be run in collaboration with GoD to provide free-to-user common storage for the humanitarian community.
• Situation on the ground has improved with more roads open. Power has returned and about 9,000 residents have access to water.
Antigua & Barbuda
• WFP dispatched a Mobile Storage Unit (MSU) to Barbuda, as requested by local authorities, which will be erected next to the Community Centre to provide critical storage augmentation capacity.
• In Barbuda, works continue to meet the requests for internet connectivity and explore options with partners, including Digicel, in order to establish standard procedures for communication with the displaced communities and support services provision.
• Storage at the current Antigua logistics hub doesn’t represent a bottleneck and all deliveries are coordinated through the National Office for Disaster Services (NODS).