UN agencies, NGOs, and government employees sharing the same workspace helped collaboration and information sharing.
Sector-specific and cross-sector coordination meetings allowed agencies and government actors to share information that reduced delays and increased collaboration between actors.
The lack of reliable baseline data greatly hampered efforts and delayed carrying out assessments and distributions properly during the response.
Tropical Storm Maria formed in the central Atlantic Ocean and is the tenth most intense on record. At its peak, the hurricane caused catastrophic damage and numerous fatalities across the north-eastern Caribbean, and is considered to be the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica. It also caused catastrophic damage in Puerto Rico.
This document has been prepared to provide information to Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, the IFRC and their partners on the CARICOM institutional and legal framework for regional humanitarian response in case of disaster, which is currently being tested in the context of the response to Category 5 Hurricane IRMA and Category 4 Hurricane MARIA that strongly impacted the Caribbean region.
This bulletin is being issued for information only; it reflects the current situation and details available at this time. Information bulletins no.1, 2, 3 and 4 are available here. This will be the last information update specifically related to Hurricane Irma.
Humanitarian actors have been forced to shift gears from response to Irma to prepare for “potentially catastrophic ” category 5 hurricane, Maria .
Heavy rainfall could cause flash floods and mudslides in islands recovering from Irma’s onslaught such as Sint Maarten, Barbuda and Anguilla. Evacuation centres are being prepared.
More than 2.1 million people in Cuba have been targeted by a US$ 55. 8 million Plan of Action to provide assistance to the most affected by Irma.
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.
• 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.
• El 12 de septiembre Irma se ha disipó en el sureste de Estados Unidos y ya no es una amenaza para las islas del Caribe.
• Anguila, Antigua y Barbuda, San Martin / St Maarten, Las Islas Vírgenes Británicas y las Islas Turcos y Caicos son las más afectadas. Las necesidades críticas de suministros y soporte se están solucionando día y noche.
• En República Dominicana y Haití, las autoridades locales están gestionando la respuesta y la restauración de las actividades normales en las zonas afectadas con recursos locales.
• Irma has dissipated over the south-eastern United States on 12 September and is no longer a threat to islands in the Caribbean.
• Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, St Martin/St Maarten, the British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos are the most affected islands. Critical needs in supplies and support are being addressed around the clock.
• In the Dominican Republic and Haiti, local authorities are managing response and restoration to normal activities in the affected areas with local resources.
This report is produced by OCHA ROLAC in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the first period from 06 to 10 September, 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 12 September 2017.
• Irma hit Cuba as the first category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the country since 1924, causing massive destruction and widespread flooding along its northern coast.
• Irma upgraded to a category 4 hurricane as it pummeled Florida state in US on 10 September has left three people dead.
Este reporte es producido por OCHA ROLAC en colaboración con socios humanitarios. Cubre el primer periodo del 06 al 08 de septiembre, 2017. El próximo reporte será emitido cerca del 9 de septiembre 2017.
Irma es ahora un huracán de categoría 4. Es probable que continúen algunas fluctuaciones de intensidad a medida que se acerca a Cuba y Florida.
This report is produced by OCHA ROLAC in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the first period from 06 to 08 September, 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 9 September 2017.
• Irma is now a category 4 hurricane. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely to continue as it approaches Cuba and Florida.
• Barbuda and St. Martins remain the most gravely affected islands. There have been limited reports from the Turks and Caicos Islands but damage is expected to be critical.
Este reporte es producido por OCHA ROLAC. Es preparado en colaboración con el equipo de OCHA ubicado en varios países y la oficina regional en Panamá. Cubre el primer periodo del 6 al 8 de septiembre de 2017. El próximo reporte será publicado en o cerca del 9 de septiembre de 2017.
• Después de golpear varias islas en el Caribe, dejando a Barbuda y St. Martins casi inhabitables con daños catastróficos, Irma está pasando por Turcos y Caicos, el sur de las Bahamas, el norte de la República Dominicana y el norte de Haití.
This bulletin is being issued for information only; it reflects the current situation and details available at this time.
This report is produced by OCHA ROLAC. It is prepared in collaboration with OCHA teams located in various countries and the regional office in Panama. It covers the first period from 6 to 8 September 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 9 September 2017.
• After battering several islands in the Caribbean, rendering Barbuda and St. Martins near uninhabitable with catastrophic damage, Irma is passing over Turks and Caicos, southern Bahamas, northern Dominican Republic and northern Haiti.