Caribbean – Hurricane Maria Update (DG ECHO, GDACS, NOAA, CDEMA) (ECHO Daily Flash of 25 September 2017)

  • Hurricane MARIA continued moving northward over the Atlantic Ocean as a category 1 hurricane. Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge could affect the North Carolina coast over the next 24 hours.
  • In Dominica, 15 deaths are confirmed, 100% of population is impacted and 100% agriculture is destroyed. There is severe damage to farm housing, irrigation infrastructure, feeder roads, as well as crop and livestock production, in addition to forests reserves and coastal fishery. There are disruptions in power and water supplies. 98% of roofs are damaged. The meteorological station is also severely damaged, and telecommunication is not operational. DFID is committing GBP 5 million for the response in Dominica on top of the GBP 57 million already committed for the region.
  • In Saint Kitts and Nevis, the agricultural sector and health care centers are damaged. Coastal areas, main roads and jetties on both islands are affected.
  • Copernicus satellite maps are being produced for Dominica. Following a request for assistance from Dominica to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, the United Kingdom, France and Belgium have offered in-kind assistance. In addition, the UN Environment / OCHA Joint Unit (JEU) has requested one EUCPM disaster waste management expert to reinforce the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team in Dominica. Finally, an EU Civil Protection Team (4 pax) will be deployed on 26 September to Dominica.