Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms to hit the Americas, has caused devastation across the Caribbean. Red Cross societies are on the ground supporting the local response.
Red Cross societies across the Caribbean are dealing with the impact of Hurricane Irma, the second major hurricane to hit the region in recent weeks. Volunteers have been mobilized across the region to coordinate and participate in the response in communities, and relief supplies are on standby in Panama and the Dominican Republic.
As the scale of the damage becomes apparent, IFRC has released funds from the Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the response in Dominican Republic, Haiti, Antigua and Barbuda, and St Kitts and Nevis. An appeal has been launched to support families affected by the disaster in Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis.
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Hurricane Irma is proving to be one of the most destructive storms in recent Caribbean history. It has already impacted communities in more than a dozen Caribbean nations and Island territories. We estimate that 1.2 million people have been exposed to the effects of the hurricane, and this number is rising as the hurricane progresses. We've launched an emergency appeal to support 500 families in Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Kitts and Nevis: http://bit.ly/2eMVp26Geplaatst door International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies op Zaterdag 9 september 2017
LIVE: our Director for Disaster and Crisis Management, Pascale Meige, gives us an update on Hurricane Irma, which is battering the Caribbean as we speak.Send us your questions as comments to this post.Geplaatst door International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies op Woensdag 6 september 2017