Télécoms Sans Frontières deployed a team to the Dominican Republic on 18th September in preparation for Hurricane Maria.
With maximum sustained wind speeds of up to 140 kts (259 km/h), Maria wreaks havoc in the wake of Hurricane Irma, making landfall in the Caribbean on 18th September at 1800 hrs UTC.
In the Dominican Republic, TSF has participated in a coordination meeting with the Emergency Operations Centre (COE) and dispatched satellite phones to its workers to ensure immediate communications capacity in the minutes following the passage of Maria.
Hurricane Maria has been upgraded to a category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h. It is following in Hurricane Irma’s path and is set to hit several recovering islands including Antigua and Barbuda. Hurricane warnings are in effect for Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat and Martinique. Tropical storm and flash flood warnings have also been issued for Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands, Saint Martin and Anguilla.
A meeting with National Disaster Response Team (NDRT) technical team leaders was convened by the Vietnam Red Cross Vice President Tran Quoc Hung, head of the NDRT team, on September 14 afternoon to discuss the action plan in coping with the Typhoon Doksuri which is forcasted to make landfall in central region of Vietnam on the afternoon of September 15, 2017.
A poco más de una semana del impacto del huracán Irma en 13 de las 15 provincias de Cuba, todavía se contabilizan los severos daños a sectores vitales para la población como la vivienda, la infraestructura electroenergética, abasto de agua, la producción de alimentos, la salud y la educación.
Se estima que la recuperación tomará tiempo y recursos aún no contabilizados en su totalidad.
Over a week after the impact of Hurricane Irma to 13 of Cuba's 15 provinces, severe damage to vital sectors such as housing, electro-energetic infrastructure, water supply, food production, health and education are still being reported.
Recovery is expected to take time and resources are not yet fully estimated.
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 First Secretary of State, Damian Green, chaired a COBR meeting this afternoon to discuss the Government’s response to Hurricane Irma and preparations for Hurricane Maria.
We remain concerned that Hurricane Maria, which is strengthening as it approaches the Leeward Islands, could hit the UK’s Overseas Territories in the Caribbean already affected as well as Montserrat.
FCO, DFID and military teams are working closely with the Governors in the Overseas Territories to ensure we are doing all we can to support the Governments of the islands affected.
1. SITUATION OVERVIEW
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
This Operations Update no. 5 aims to report on the progress of the operation since the last Operations Update (published on 27 June 2017) for the period of 11 June 2017 to 31 August 2017, as well as to indicate the no-cost extension of the operation`s timeframe until 31 October 2017.
The extension of timeframe was decided based on the following factors:
The number of suspected cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) in the hardest hit White Nile State is now on a downward trend but the outbreak still continues to affect all 18 states. UNICEF reached more than 3.7 million people in AWD affected and at risk areas with improved purified drinking water through continued chlorination of more than 1,300 water sources in nine affected states.
Based on the latest distribution reports, and despite ongoing access constraints, during the month of August WFP reached a record 7 million targeted beneficiaries using in-kind and commodity vouchers: 3.38 million received a full entitlement and 3.65 received a reduced entitlement (60 percent) in 16 governorates through emergency food assistance. This represents the highest number of monthly distributions to date, doubling the number of beneficiaries reached and tripling the tonnage distributed since January 2017.
According to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR) floodwaters have begun to recede from 30 out of the 32 flood-affected districts.
MoDMR is conducting damage assessments (D Form) in all the affected districts and results are expected by 21 September.
An estimated total of 103,855 houses are reported to have been destroyed and 633,792 have been partially damaged; 145 persons are known to have lost their lives due to the floods.
- The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has announced USD 4.8 million towards the Joint Response Plan to provide live-saving assistance to flood-affected communities. WFP has received USD 1.5 million of this to address urgent food and nutrition needs amongst the flood -affected communities in the Terai. A recovery operation with needs totalling USD 5.4 million has been approved by WFP headquarters; WFP is urgently seeking assistance from donors and governments to cover funding shortfalls.