Internal Displacement Update, Issue 25: 7 - 20 September 2017
Antigua and Barbuda
CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT
About 1,400 new displacements between 7 and 8 September
The entire population of Barbuda, about 1,400 people, evacuated to Antigua Island between 7 and 8 September after Hurricane Irma made landfall on 6 September destroying almost all buildings on the island (CDEMA, 10 Sept 2017). Evacuations were carried out amid fears that the island would be hit by a second hurricane. While Hurricane José eventually veered off path, the damage wrought by Irma alone has left the island “almost uninhabitable,” according to the Prime Minister (BBC News, 8 Sept 2017; CNN, 11 Sept 2017).