Following one of the most devastating hurricane seasons in recent history, a four-year initiative launched to help Caribbean islands prioritize and invest in natural ecosystems that reduce their risks from climate related disasters.
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.
A SERIES OF WHITEBOARD ANIMATIONS ARE BEING AIRED THROUGHOUT THE REGION.
The OECS Get Creative with Climate Change and Sustainable Land Management GCCA iLAND Resilience Project, is launching a major climate change and sustainable land management awareness initiative in the form of whiteboard animations.
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.
Roseau – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is supporting the Government of Dominica to improve the conditions of people living in emergency shelters around Dominica after Hurricane Maria destroyed almost 20 per cent and severely damaged another 55 per cent of the housing stock on the island, five months ago.
by Adela Suliman | @adela_suliman | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 20:26 GMT
"For all of those who thought for years... we were crying wolf (about climate change), well we've just been eaten"
By Adela Suliman
LONDON, Jan 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Caribbean island of Dominica, still reeling from Hurricane Maria last September, is on the "frontline of the war on climate change" and has only five months to prepare for the next hurricane season, its foreign minister said.