The​ ​Caribbean:​ Hurricane Season Situation Report No. 10 (as of 29 September 2017)

Report
from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 29 Sep 2017

This report is produced by OCHA ROLAC in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the first period from 06 to 29 September, 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 6 October 2017.

Highlights

• At least 10 countries and 12 humanitarian organizations have provided vital supplies and resources to Dominica since Maria made landfall on 18 September.

• UN and partners launched a Flash Appeal for Dominica on 29 September to assist the country in recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria.

• Aid efforts have helped at least 11 health facilities and the two major hospitals in Dominica become operational.

• Six regional warehouses including the Windsor Park Sports Stadium have been identified for storage of relief goods in Dominica. More than 30 distribution centres have been determined by the Government across the country.

• Initial assessments indicate that the number of damaged and/or destroyed buildings in Dominica is between 17,000 and 20,000 units, which house 54,000 people - about 80 per cent of the total population.

$31.1 million
required by the United Nations Flash Appeal to provide assistance in Dominica
Source: UN Flash Appeal – Dominica

65,000
people targeted for assistance by the United Nations Flash Appeal for Dominica in response to Hurricane Maria.
Source: UN Flash Appeal - Dominica

20,000
children affected by Hurricane Maria in Dominica
Source: UNICEF

125,000
houses across Cuba reported as damaged from Hurricane Irma
Source: UN Cuba Situation Report no. 15

Situation Overview

Humanitarian response efforts continue to be two-fold in the region, focusing on early recovery in the islands affected by category 5 hurricane Irma, while the emphasis on land and people devastated by yet another category 5 hurricane, Maria, is on urgent life-saving assistance, particularly in Dominica.

The double impact and divergent focus has evoked some complex concerns and challenges. The logistics cluster has highlighted that the hurricanes have damaged logistics infrastructure in the region and disrupted many regular services. In addition, aid agencies face constraints in ensuring that all in-kind donations are reaching the affected islands in a coordinated manner with a plan for receipt and onwards transport to affected communities.

There are concerns that there could be a surge of Dominicans to neighbouring islands.

Dominica, which has been in a state of emergency since 20 September with a daily curfew from 4 pm to 8 am is still coming to terms with aftermath of Maria. Electricity and a supply of running water has been restored in some of its critical service providing institutions such as public health centres. More than 1,900 people are in hurricane shelters in the capital, Roseau and several are staying with host families.

On 29 September, the United Nations and partners launched a flash appeal for US$31.1 million to provide urgent humanitarian assistance and support the early recovery of Dominica. The funds will not only be used to provide life -saving assistance to the targeted 65,000 Dominicans but aid the immediate restoration of primary and reproductive health services, most urgently needed water distribution infrastructure, and essential repairs of school infrastructure consistent with the New Way of Working.

The funds will provide immediate livelihoods assistance, as well as short-term sources of income for affected women and men through emergency removal and safe disposal of debris.

The appeal follows the $55.8 million Plan of Action for Cuba issued on 19 September and the $27 million Regional Response Plan (RRP), bringing the total amount required to address response to the aftermath of the two hurricanes to $113 million. The Plan of Action targets about 2 million people, the RRP will help 265,000, which brings the total number of people targeted by the various response plans to the hurricanes to more than 2.3 million people.

The Dominican Government has developed a strategy to ensure equity, transparency and accountability in the distribution of relief goods. The strategy outlines details of the ports of entry, warehouses for storage of aid, distribution centres, transport logistics and Government officials responsible for coordinating delivery of aid to people including vulnerable communities.

The Government intends to issue aid vouchers to affected people to ensure there is transparency and accountability. UN agencies will conduct market surveys to determine cash transfers modalities. UN entities and partners have stepped in to provide urgent food and water assistance.

Other islands in the Caribbean continue to address the effects of Irma. The Cuban Government continues to press on with early recovery efforts, while assessments are ongoing. Humanitarian partners in Antigua and Barbuda continue to work with the evacuated population of Barbuda. Efforts in Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Sint Maarten, St Kitts and Nevis and Turks and Caicos are shifting focus to longer term solutions as the islands begin to return to normal activities.

The Central Emergency Response Fund allocations for Cuba, the RRP and Dominica are all being finalized.

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