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UNICEF LACRO Caribbean Hurricanes Sitrep No.7, 26 October 2017

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Highlights

UNICEF remains one of the key actors supporting humanitarian response efforts across the hurricane-affected countries in the East Caribbean, through a combination of service delivery, technical assistance, communication and advocacy with a two-track approach: immediate humanitarian relief to affected populations and long-term recovery and resilience support. Specifically:

  • With UNICEF support some 12,000 children in the affected countries of Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Dominica and the Turks & Caicos Islands are now back in school.

  • 2,741 children have benefitted from the ‘Return to Happiness’ programme across Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, and the Turks and Caicos Islands; an additional 8,541 children have accessed recreational and play activities in community spaces.

  • To date, more than 16,600 people on average have been able to access safe drinking water on a regular basis with UNICEF support, through household water treatment and treated water distributions in Dominica, where WASH needs remain highest. In addition, a total of 7,471 children are benefitting through access to functional sanitary facilities in schools and temporary learning spaces.

  • In support of the Government of Dominica recovery efforts, UNICEF is developing a new partnership with WFP which aims to reach 6,000 vulnerable children through a non-conditional cash transfer programme.

  • In Haiti, UNICEF has supported the restoration of the water system in the North West, benefiting approximately 4,000 persons.

  • In Cuba, UNICEF is ready to begin distribution of critical education and WASH supplies in support of the government response at the national and local levels, for the benefit of 34,000 children.

  • Overall, the humanitarian response across the region has been hampered by recent heavy rains, insufficient stocks of building materials and ongoing logistical constraints linked to both telecommunications and the transportation of humanitarian relief.

Situation in Numbers

+357,000 estimated # children in need of immediate assistance in Cuba, ECA, Haiti and Dominican Republic.

39,000 children in need of immediate assistance in ECA, with 20,000 children affected by Hurricane Maria in Dominica.

2,900 people still remain in temporary shelters in Dominica.

2,264 educational facilities remain damaged in Cuba.

Situation Overview

A month after the devastating impact of the two category 5 hurricanes that affected the region, UNICEF remains a key actor supporting humanitarian response efforts across the hurricane-affected countries in the East Caribbean through a combination of service delivery, technical assistance, communication and advocacy with a two-track approach: immediate humanitarian relief to affected populations and long-term recovery and resilience support. Priority efforts continue to focus on supporting national authorities in the areas of WASH, education (including ECD), child protection and communication for development (C4D). Efforts are also ongoing through a new partnership with WFP which aims to reach 6,000 vulnerable children through a non-conditional cash transfer programme in Dominica.