UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Humanitarian Situation Report, 11 October 2017

Report
from UN Children's Fund
Published on 11 Oct 2017

Highlights

Eastern Caribbean countries and overseas territories continue to respond to two devastating category 5 hurricanes - Irma and Maria - which left a trail of destruction in Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica and Turks & Caicos Islands. Dominica is one of the most affected, hence it remains a primary focus of humanitarian efforts.

  • Education – More than 11,700 school-age children in Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and Turks & Caicos Islands returned to class, some of them using temporary learning spaces. A total of 27 of the 67 state primary and secondary schools in Dominica are slated to reopen on 16 October.

  • Child Protection - Over 2,800 children received psychosocial support and/or access to safe child spaces. In Dominica, a safe recreational space was provided for up to 900 indigenous children of the Kalinago community. Partners were trained to deliver psycho-social support to a population of 12,000 children. In Antigua, 26 new facilitators drawn from teachers, social workers and counsellors were trained in Return to Happiness programme activities. They will further cascade their training in Antigua and Barbuda.

  • WASH – With water distribution systems still severely compromised in the impacted countries, especially Dominica, UNICEF and partners provided safe drinking water to nearly 35,000 vulnerable people, including 9,100 children.

  • Communication- 82,000 people, including 21,000 children in the five affected countries were reached with life-saving information on hygiene, safety and protection while 740,600 people were reached with UNICEF communication materials on social media channels.

Situation in numbers:

39,000
# affected children in Irma and Maria affected countries, of which

19,800
# affected children in Dominica

2,750
# people who remain sheltered in Dominica

1,070
# children from Dominica and Barbuda estimated to be integrated in schools in Antigua

UNICEF Funding Needs

USD 8,570,000

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

Two category 5 hurricanes (Irma and Maria) caused devastating impact across the Caribbean, affecting particularly Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Island, Dominica, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. UNICEF continues to provide humanitarian support to affected children and families. Logistics and access to affected populations remain a challenge in Dominica where employees in the public sector have just recently started to return to work. UNICEF continues its efforts to deliver supplies and reach the most vulnerable children and adolescents.

The Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) for Antigua and Barbuda has been concluded and results and indicative cost estimates will be shared next week.