8 September, 2017

Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Kitts and Nevis: Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 hurricane with wind speeds of more than 185 miles per hour, has caused destruction across a number of Caribbean islands. The hurricane’s wide band swept over Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat and Saint Kitts and Nevis, with Barbuda and Anguilla most heavily affected. It is now over Cuba and is headed for the Florida coast in the next few days.

Impact in Barbuda is severe as the eye of the hurricane passed just five miles north of the 35-square mile island. 90 percent of all buildings are reported as destroyed or severely damaged. Telecommunication systems in the island are down and power supply remains off across the island.

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Snapshot

Hurricane Irma, a powerful Category 5 hurricane packing winds more than 185 miles per hour, impacted several eastern Caribbean countries on 6 September 2017. Irma’s wide band swept over Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat and Saint Kitts and Nevis with Barbuda and Anguilla most heavily affected.

Impact in Barbuda was severe as the eye of the hurricane passed five miles north of the 35-square mile island. 90 percent of all buildings are reported as destroyed or severely damaged.

IFRC Appeal

This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of some 1,128,171 Swiss francs (CHF) on a preliminary basis to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross (ABRC) and Saint Kitts and Nevis Red Cross Society (SKNRCS) to deliver assistance and support to 500 families (2,500 people) for six months.

1,128,171 Swiss francs needed
to provide urgent humanitarian support 500 families (2,500 people)

Our impact

The overall objective of this operation is to ensure that at least 2,500 people (500 families; 300 families in Antigua and Barbuda and 200 families in Saint Kitts and Nevis) affected by the hurricane receive appropriate assistance in a timely, effective, and efficient manner, and that they are provided with the necessary support to recover with increased disaster resilience.

This operation will ensure that all affected women, men, children, persons with disabilities and minority groups are reached through this operation. The immediate response efforts will focus on the sectors of health; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion; shelter and settlements; and household non-food items.

More than 50 per cent of this operation is dedicated to carrying out CTP to the affected population to contribute to the restoring of the local economy and to re-establish households’ structures. Considering that local markets had been severely affected, the operation will distribute relief items in its first phase, continuing with CTP transfers to beneficiaries for three months.

Key figures

500
Families supported to reduce the risk of waterborne and water-related diseases in targeted communities.

500
Households targetted for distribution of food rations. 200 in Antigua and Barbuda and 300 Saint Kitts and Nevis.

1,150
Tarpaulins distributed among communities to enable immediate shelter work.

1,000
Mosquito nets - 2 per family - to prevent vector-borne diseases.