Hurricane Irma Regional Humanitarian Situation Report No.2, 11 September 2017
Hurricane Irma has put the wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of children in the Caribbean in danger. Having caused large scale damage in parts of the Eastern Caribbean, the storm passed by the Dominican Republic and Haiti before slowly moving along the coast of Cuba for over 48 hours, fluctuating between a category 4 and 5 hurricane. With high winds, heavy rain and storm surges it has caused widespread damage to homes, schools, health centres and basic infrastructure across the region.
• Barbuda was evacuated in advance of Hurricane Jose. Fortunately, the hurricane turned north out to sea, and did not cause further damage to the Eastern Caribbean as feared
• Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Turks & Caicos islands (TVI) bore the brunt of Irma in the Eastern Caribbean
• Dominican Republic and Haiti report lower than anticipated damage, but assessments are still underway
• Widespread flooding is reported in Cuba. The current assessments indicate unfortunate death of 10 people and a vast majority of the island without power.
• UNICEF anticipates greatest needs being in WASH, child protection, nutrition, education and health.
Hurricane Irma has devastated large swathes of the Caribbean. Between Wednesday 6 and Sunday 10 September, the hurricane caused large scale damage to infrastructure across the Eastern Caribbean islands of Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands (BVI), St Maarten/St Martin (both Dutch and French sides of the island), US Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, and the Bahamas, before moving to Florida on Sunday. At least 25 people were confirmed dead by Sunday evening, and this number is expected to rise. Haiti and the Dominican Republic were spared the full force of Irma, though assessments are still underway to assess needs.
Widespread flooding is reported in Cuba, with much of the island without power or communication. Immediate emergency needs are reported in Turks and Caicos, especially Grand Turk, the island that houses the capital. UNICEF staff are on the ground, working in close coordination with each government and implementing partners, evaluating the most urgent needs for children and adolescents.