• Hurricane Maria hit the island of Dominica last Tuesday as a category 5 hurricane, causing “widespread devastation” according to the government. Phone lines and network are still down.
  • Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as a category 4 hurricane. Maria is the worst storm that hit Puerto Rico in 90 years. Puerto Rico’s office of emergency management confirmed that 100 percent of the U.S. territory had lost power. Telecommunications throughout the island have “collapsed”, and more than 12,000 people are currently in shelters.
  • The hurricane has been down graded to a category 3 on its approach to the coast of Dominican Republic. The Emergency Operations Center of the Dominican Republic Government has declared a red alert for the provinces of Altagracia, El Seibó, Hato Mayor, Samaná, Espaillat, María de Trinidad Sánchez, Puerto Plata, Romana, Montecristi, Duarte and Monte Plata, another 15 provinces were declared on yellow alert and 11 on green alert. The authorities have been monitoring and preparing actions.
  • Hurricane Maria follows after catastrophic Hurricane Irma devastated islands across the Caribbean two weeks ago. This second deadly hurricane further complicates response and recovery efforts launched in the aftermath of Irma, making it more difficult to deploy supplies and expertise to where they are needed.