Internal Displacement Update, Issue 25: 7 - 20 September 2017

Report
from Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre
Published on 20 Sep 2017 View Original

FEATURE

Antigua and Barbuda

AFFECTED AREAS
Barbuda

CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT
Disaster

FIGURES
About 1,400 new displacements between 7 and 8 September

CONTEXT

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).