Antigua and BarbudaOngoing
During the week of September 5- September 9, category 5 Hurricane Irma caused destruction in multiple Caribbean islands. St. Martin/St. Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda, and Turks and Caicos experienced heavy wind and rain damage. According to assessments, the most urgent needs for islanders are food, water, and shelter.
HOW SAMARITAN’S PURSE IS RESPONDING:
The aftermath of Hurricane Irma is putting the well-being of hundreds of thousands of children in the Caribbean in danger. The extent of the devastation to Cuba and islands in the Eastern Caribbean is beginning to become clearer as rapid assessments are underway. With high winds, heavy rain and storm surges, Irma caused widespread damage to homes, schools, health centers and basic infrastructure across the region.
Hurricane Irma put 2.4 million children at risk; of these 271,000 were directly affected.
The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will allocate 30,000 euros as disaster relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The island nations that were hardest hit and are in need of humanitarian assistance are Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Foreign Minister Sven Mikser says a number of countries have pledged aid for the island nations. “Estonia is also responding to the plea for assistance to meet basic needs such as availability of clean drinking water or provision of medical care.”
• Shortage of food and potable water in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos - some of the most affected by Hurricane Irma continues to be of concern.
• A Regional Response Plan (RRP) to raise US$ 27 million to address the urgent needs of the most vulnerable people affected by Hurricane Irma was launched on 15 September.
• Severely limited communications are hampering the coordination of relief supplies in Turks and Caicos and increasing anxiety among people.
• Additional USAID/OFDA relief commodities arrive in Antigua
• DoD, in support of USAID/OFDA, delivers two additional desalination units to facilitate safe drinking water access in French Saint-Martin
• WFP provides 30 MT of High-Energy Biscuits to address emergency food needs in the Caribbean region
Devastation and the extensive breakdown of essential services have followed Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded over the Atlantic. The Category 5 hurricane wrought havoc on many of the Caribbean islands, with maximum sustained winds of 296 km/h bringing heavy rains and causing deadly waves. Those winds lasted for 37 hours, making Irma the longest-lived storm of that intensity anywhere in the world for at least the past 50 years, according to the United Kingdom Met Office.
by Carlisle Richardson
Recently, Hurricane Irma passed through the Caribbean and caused near total destruction on several islands. Barbuda was so damaged that there was a mass evacuation of residents to Antigua, with Prime Minister Gaston Browne referring to the island as “barely habitable.” Reports from other islands affected by Irma were equally distressing.
Hurricane Irma, as category 5 hurricane, traversed the Atlantic bringing maximum sustained winds of 296 km/h and heavy rains to the Leeward Islands. The most heavily impacted islands are Anguilla,
AUTHOR: KIMI-ROUX JAMES
ADRA is providing disaster response across several islands heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma.
Food, clean water, hygiene kits, mosquito nets, and other vital emergency resources are being supplied to thousands of people affected by the Category 5 storm.
Disaster preparation is also underway as Hurricane Jose approaches the region.
The Country Document for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) presents a 2016 analysis of the status of DRR in Antigua and Barbuda. It identifies priorities and proposes strategies for the comprehensive national management of risk with the protection of human life and the environment as main goals.
SYNOPSIS OF HURRICANE IRMA:
San Jose - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has deployed a surge team of six experts in shelter and camp management, displacement tracking, and gender-based violence risk reduction to support humanitarian efforts in the Caribbean islands most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Jose. IOM has released around a quarter of a million US dollars from emergency funds for relief in the region.
FAO has mobilized USD 300 000 from its Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities – Agricultural Inputs Response Capacity (SFERA-AIRC) – thanks to the financial contribution from the Government of Belgium – to deploy staff and assist vulnerable people and communities on the path of Hurricane Irma, which left a wake of destruction in the northeastern part of the Caribbean.
Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, St Martin and Turks and Caicos were the most affected islands (OCHA).
On Wednesday, the first aircraft carrying 21 tons of humanitarian aid sent by the IFRC arrived in Antigua to support families affected by Hurricane Irma. This cargo will meet the basic needs of 500 families in Antigua and Barbuda, and St Kitts and Nevis.
By Sophie Hares
MEXICO CITY, Sept 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Caribbean nations need faster access to capital to invest in protection against the creeping effects of climate change, as many struggle to recover from the devastating blow of Hurricane Irma, said the president of the Caribbean Development Bank.
The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has not been activated in response to the Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean region. World Food Programme (WFP), in its capacity as global ETC lead, is supporting the response activities coordinated by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).
Washington, DC, September 14, 2017 (PAHO / WHO) - Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) experts are supporting efforts to restore health services in the islands most affected by Hurricane Irma, with the deployment of health infrastructure experts, sanitary engineers, epidemiologists, and others, in collaboration with the affected countries.
• Islands that suffered extensive damage to infrastructure continue to have challenges restoring access to electricity and clean water
• As some people continue to be in shelters one week after the passage of Hurricane Irma, continued access to clean water and good sanitary conditions is critical
• In Cuba, 13 of the 15 provinces were affected by the hurricane with 14 municipalities have been identified as heavily affected and 6 municipalities as in critical condition. Two hospitals in Havana were evacuated.
Islands that suffered extensive damage to infrastructure continue to have challenges restoring electricity and clean water which is further complicated by logistical challenges.
As some people continue to be in shelters more than a week after the passage of Hurricane Irma, there is need to continue access to clean water and improve sanitary conditions at the shelters.
In Cuba, two hospitals in Havana were evacuated and latest reports indicate that 516 hospitals and policlinics have been damaged.