Hurricanes over the Caribbean - Maria and Irma

Hurricanes over the Caribbean - Maria and Irma

  • Overview


    On 18 September, Hurricane Maria evolved from a category-1 to a category-5 storm in less than 18 hours, before slamming the Caribbean island of Dominica. The hurricane thrashed the country with extreme winds and rain, and destroyed all in its path. At the time of landfall, sustained winds, which were reported to be 260 km/h, affected the entire population. This is the fifth time on record that Dominica has taken a direct hit from a hurricane, but never has the island faced a storm of such ferocity and strength. The hurricane brought life in Dominica to a standstill.

    In consultation with the Government of Dominica, the humanitarian community launched today a Hurricane Maria Flash Appeal for Dominica, seeking $31.1 million to reach 65,000 people, from September to December 2017. An allocation of $3 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for Dominica is expected to be made/

    For details on how your company can help, please consult the Flash Appeal.


    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.

    Preliminary reports from affected areas suggest long-term humanitarian needs. The scope is expected to become clearer as access and communications are restored to the affected islands in the coming days.

    Irma is expected to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane over the next few days.

    There is continued risk of catastrophic damage from hurricane-force winds, storm surge and flooding in areas on Irma’s trajectory.

    Several organizations are already pre-positioning teams and supplies to respond as quickly as possible.

    Hurricane Jose is on a tentative path back towards Barbuda, Antigua and Puerto Rico – the second hurricane in three days for these islands.

    32 million people in the Caribbean living in areas exposed to high-speed wind zones (excess of 60km/h). 13 people are reported dead across affected territories (as of Sep 8).

    For details on how your company can help, please consult the Business Guide.

    Donate cash via the UN Central Emergencies Response Fund

    To speed up humanitarian relief efforts, the UN has set up a central humanitarian fund — the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) — collecting contributions to help ensure that funds are on-hand to allow the UN to save lives quickly. Donate now

    Other Responses

    You are welcome to propose other ways of providing support in response to this humanitarian crisis. To ensure your offer has the greatest chance of being utilised, it will be sent to a wider group of organisations that are active in the humanitarian relief operations, including UN agencies and charities / NGOs.

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