AMOUNT: EUR 16 800 000
The present Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) was prepared on the basis of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2017/01000 (Worldwide Decision) and the related General Guidelines for Operational Priorities on Humanitarian Aid (Operational Priorities).
The purpose of the HIP and its annex is to serve as a communication tool for ECHO's partners and to assist in the preparation of their proposals. The provisions of the Worldwide Decision and the General Conditions of the Agreement with the European Commission shall take precedence over the provisions in this document.
0 . Major changes since previous version of the HIP
Third Modification – Dominica – Hurricane Maria – 10 October 2017
Less than two weeks after Hurricane Irma, Category 5 Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean, making landfall in Dominica on 19th September with maximum sustained winds of 260 km/h and causing devastating impact on the island. ECHO responded with the immediate release of EUR 250 000 from its Emergency Toolbox HIP to cover the most pressing logistic and food needs of the population, whilst undertaking more comprehensive needs assessments in the field.
Three weeks into the disaster, food, water, electricity, tarpaulins and building repair materials remain the most urgent needs for 65 000 people; since markets and basic services are not yet restored. Field visits have confirmed that housing destruction was massive (at least 50% according to CDEMA), in addition to the total loss of roofs.
An amount of EUR 500 000 is added to this HIP to provide assistance to the victims of the hurricane. Funds will be used to cover the emergency needs of up to 5 000 most vulnerable affected people, giving priority to most isolated and under-assisted rural areas. The focus will primarily be on shelter.
Second Modification – Caribbean Hurricane Irma – 11 September 2017 Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 Hurricane and the 9th named Hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, impacted several Caribbean Islands (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, St Martin, St Maarten,
St. Barth, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas and Cuba) between 5 and 9 September 2017, bringing life-threatening wind, storm surge, and rainfall hazards. Irma was downgraded to Category 3 Hurricane after passing through Cuba, to subsequently regain category 4 on its way to Florida.
Preliminary reports indicate the most severely affected islands are Cuba, Anguilla, Barbuda, St Martin-St Maarten, St Barth, Turks and Caicos, and the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Initial damage and needs assessments are ongoing in all the affected countries.
As of 9 September 2017, reports indicate 32 deaths (10 in Cuba, 11 in St Martin-St Maarten-St Barth, 1 in Anguilla, 4 in the BVI, 4 in the US Virgin Islands, 1 in Barbados and 1 in Barbuda), thousands displaced and/or in temporary shelters. In all affected islands, health facilities and critical infrastructure have suffered important physical damage, hampering the rapid delivery of emergency assistance.