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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 — 214 children from Barbuda received psycho social assistance, after the trauma of hurricane Irma, through the *Return to Happiness Programme* implemented from October 2-7 by 17 education specialists. The Saint-lucian delegation of volunteers, who successfully completed the first mission, will extend their operations to other affected countries.
On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.
2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.
1. Logistics Operational Updates
Governments in several Caribbean countries are starting to rebuild infrastructure, housing and communities after Hurricane Maria and Irma left catastrophic damage.
To help countries and communities respond, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is harnessing its core resources to support assessments, coordination and recovery planning in Maria and Irma-affected countries.
A dozen UNDP crisis recovery experts have also been deployed to the region and are immediately available to provide assistance.
Washington, October 13th, 2017-- Leaders and representatives of CARICOM countries and territories, and international partners, including the international financial institutions, and the representatives of territories in the region, convened today in a high-level round table on recovery and resilience in the Caribbean hosted by the World Bank Group (WBG), as part of the WBG-IMF Annual Meetings.
GoCD, WFP, and relief actors distribute 150 MT of food assistance as of October 10
USAID transitions to early recovery activities as humanitarian conditions improve
Water and electric network repairs continue to progress, facilitating the reopening of markets in urban areas
Eastern Caribbean countries and overseas territories continue to respond to two devastating category 5 hurricanes - Irma and Maria - which left a trail of destruction in Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica and Turks & Caicos Islands. Dominica is one of the most affected, hence it remains a primary focus of humanitarian efforts.
This report is produced by OCHA ROLAC in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 06 September to 13 October 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 27 October 2017.
A battle over land on the tiny hurricane-hit island will profoundly shape its future
Who owns Barbuda? Politicians and investors are taking advantage of the island’s devastation to grab land from people displaced by the recent series of hurricanes, residents and activists say.
UN Secretary-General’s visit to Caribbean region underscores widespread hurricane damage
DART successfully concludes operations, shifts to regional team for transition efforts
USAID/OFDA relief commodities benefit an estimated 70,500 hurricaneaffected people
On 8 October, the UN Secretary General António Guterres visited Dominica, taking stock of the damage caused by the hurricane and the relief efforts of the government, the humanitarian community, the citizens and diaspora of Dominica as well as other Caribbean nations. IOM provided distribution and logistics support for a joint UN distribution of food and non-food items in Salybia, a vulnerable, largely indigenous community in north-eastern Dominica.
“Hurricane Irma was so big that the entire eye of the storm covered all [160km2] of Barbuda.”
Oct 5, 2017
During the week of September 5-September 9, category 5 Hurricane Irma caused destruction on multiple Caribbean islands. St. Martin/St. Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda, and Turks and Caicos experienced heavy wind and rain damage. After Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria moved through the Caribbean causing damage to islands such as Dominica and Puerto Rico. St. Martin/St. Maarten, and Antigua and Barbuda experienced less damage from Hurricane Maria due to the storm’s southward position.
HOW SAMARITAN’S PURSE IS RESPONDING:
Washington, DC, 6 de octubre de 2017 (OPS/OMS) – La Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) está enfocando su apoyo a las islas afectadas por los huracanes Irma y María en la entrega rápida de expertos e insumos, en particular para las islas de Anguila, Antigua, Islas Vírgenes Británicas, Dominica, y Turcos y Caicos, según el Departamento de Emergencias en Salud.
“When our boat pulled up to the shore, you could already tell that the island was devastated,” says Laura Archer, a Canadian Red Cross health specialist deployed to the hurricane-affected island of Barbuda.
“Trees were down, power lines were down, most buildings were missing their roofs, if not completely flattened. The hospital structure is very damaged as well, there is stagnant water all over the place, so there are many things that need to be addressed right away in terms of health.”
A. Situation Analysis
Description of the Disaster
On 6 September 2017, Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 hurricane packing winds more than 185 miles per hour, impacted several eastern Caribbean countries. Irma’s wide band swept over Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat and Saint Kitts and Nevis, with Barbuda and Anguilla most heavily affected.
SYNOPSIS OF HURRICANE MARIA
Maria, the 13th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, became a category 5 hurricane near the Leeward Islands on Monday September 18th, 2017. Hurricane Maria impacted Dominica at approximately 9:35pm on September 18th as an extremely strong hurricane with wind speeds of 155 mph. Maria then impacted Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis on September 19th, 2017 and the Virgin Islands September 19 – 20, 2017.
Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister for your warm welcome.
Indeed, this visit is a visit of solidarity with the people of Barbuda and Antigua, the people of Dominica, the people of the Caribbean in general. I’ve just witnessed a level of devastation that I have never witnessed in my life.
I have been in areas torn by conflict. In my own country, I have seen earthquakes, I’ve seen storms… I have never seen such a high-level of devastation like the one that I witnessed in Barbuda.
This must make us think seriously.