Following the passage of two category-5 hurricanes in the Caribbean islands—Irma and Maria, the global Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) coordinated resources under the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s (CDEMA) lead. ETC partners—Ericsson Response, the Government of Luxembourg and WFP — supported the response activities, deploying shared Internet services to government, humanitarians and affected populations in Dominica and Saint Martin where the infrastructure was heavily damaged.
Eight months after Hurricane Maria hit the island, there are still IDPs living in collective centres. They are the most vulnerable people, with many of them being elderly or having no relatives, houses or employment and being unable to pay a rent or other housing costs. The majority of the existing Buildings pre-identified for emergency shelter require improvements.
This report analyses data collected from interviews conducted with 483 Dominicans between 14 and 20 May 2018. In this fifth survey of Dominicans' perceptions in the wake of Hurricane Maria, we dig deeper into the issues that are central to the recovery process now underway. These relate to people’s access to information and, with so many homes lost or damaged by the hurricane, shelter and reconstruction.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Hurricane Maria hit Dominica on 18 September 2017, bringing torrential rain and winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour (category 5), which affected the country’s 73,800 inhabitants.
Highest ever financing for the country to help build back a better and climate resilient country
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2018— The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved today two emergency support operations totaling US$65 million for restoring agriculture livelihoods, strengthening resilience, and rebuilding houses destroyed by Hurricane Maria.
By Hler Gudjonsson, IFRC
Months after Hurricane Maria, the inhabitants of Dominica are still struggling to recover from the destruction. The hurricane, which struck on 18 September 2017, was the worst disaster caused by a natural phenomenon on the island in recent memory, bringing winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour (category 5), as well as torrential rains, floods and landslides.
Many elderly people struggling to cope with their hardships
Part of the World Food Programme (WFP)´s emergency response was to restore connectivity, one of the first casualties of Hurricane Maria.
Connecting to the internet through mobile devices nowadays is part of daily life. All telecommunications were disrupted, though, when Hurricane Maria hit Dominica last year. Besides being a lifeline for the affected communities, telecommunications were key for humanitarian workers and government officials to coordinate relief efforts.
“We had a period in which we had no communications at all.”
Full title of the project:
Emergency support proposal for the immediate restoration of food production in Dominica after Hurricane Maria
Contribution:USD 100 000
To rehabilitate crop production by ensuring the food security and nutrition of vulnerable populations most affected by Hurricane Maria.
Luca Renda is Senior Strategic Advisor for the UN Development Programme’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 29 2018 (IPS) - Six months ago, on 18 September 2017, Category 5 Hurricane Maria struck Dominica wreaking unimaginable disaster. Thirty-one people died, thirty-three more remain missing. Roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and over 40 percent of homes were destroyed or severely damaged.
This report analyses data collected from interviews conducted with 444 Dominicans impacted by Hurricane Maria, the worst natural disaster on record for the Caribbean island nation.
This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of CHF 6.9 million, reflecting a budget increase from CHF 5,749,087 in the Operations Update 2 dated 26 October 2017.
Tras el devastador paso de los huracanes Irma y María por el Caribe Oriental, UNICEF emprendió un innovador sistema para ayudar a los niños y las familias necesitados: las transferencias de efectivo, que permiten cubrir las necesidades más urgentes.
By Kenneice McLeod-Shillingford, Dominica Red Cross
Peering keenly through binoculars, August Charles, 65, a returning resident to the Caribbean island of Dominica, sits and watches all who those venture through the small village of Dos D’ane. As he keeps watch, he recalls the horrors he witnessed during hurricane Maria.
“Oh, I’ve seen it all,” he says, “it was here that I stood and watched as a house with 3 people go down the same river as the church, the shop and two cars, it was bad.”
PANAMA CITY/GENEVA, 19 March 2018 - Thousands of children, adolescents and their families affected by the devastating effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, six months ago, in the Eastern Caribbean islands, Cuba and Haiti have been supported by UNICEF and its partners thanks to the US$11.5 million raised through international donations during this time.
Situation in numbers
+357,000 children in need of assistance in Cuba, ECA, Haiti and Dominican Republic.
+39,000 children in need of assistance in ECA, with 20,000 children affected by Hurricane Maria in Dominica.
In September 2017, category 5-hurricanes Irma and Maria caused devastation and extensive breakdown of essential services across several Caribbean countries, leaving at least 1.4 million people
Between 15 to 27 of January 2018, 25 open collective centers were assessed during DTM Round 4 in Dominica. These centers shelter 352 internally displaced persons (IDPs) (114 households). 56% of the IDPs residing in collective centers have at least one vulnerability and the vast majority (96%) of the residents in the centers reported that their houses were damaged or destroyed. 16% of the collective centers do not have access to hygienic latrines and 48% of the residents mention a lack of privacy in the assessed sites.
By Mette Karlsen
Hurricane Maria caught the tiny island nation of Dominica by surprise in late 2017. As the hurricane passed over the country — only a quarter of the size of Rhode Island — 160-mile-per hour winds crumbled concrete walls and ripped metal roofs off of buildings. When Dominica’s 73,000 residents emerged from their homes the morning after, the storm had damaged or destroyed 90 percent of the island’s buildings.