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Hurricane Irma: Situation Update (20 September 2017)

1. Logistics Operational Update 

Dominica

• Following preliminary aerial assessments, significant infrastructural damage and access constraints have been reported in the island of Dominica. The road connecting Douglas-Charles International Airport to Roseau, the country’s capital, is affected by landslides, fallen bridges and debris. The Cane Field Airstrip, located 5km north of Roseau, is also flooded and covered in mud. On 20 September UNHAS air assets conducted a rapid aerial assessment over the island that confirmed the vast level of damage.

Antigua and Barbuda

• No significant damaged or logistics constraints have been reported in Antigua as a consequence of Hurricane Irma, while Barbuda reported sustained damage to private houses and public infrastructures. Government authorities are compiling the list of needs to be shared with humanitarian actors. Priorities reported are the following: debris removal and cleaning, and rehabilitation of shelters, while reconstruction efforts to allow people back are consolidated.

• The passage of Hurricane Maria between 18 and 19 September reportedly did not cause any additional logistics constraints. The airport, closed on the afternoon of 18 September as a precaution, has reopen in the morning of 20 September.

Sint Maarten

• There is currently no exact estimation of needs as a consequence of Hurricane Irma. Ongoing distributions of shelter, food and water are untargeted and remaining stocks of food and water are unclear. Efforts are in place to strengthen coordination among all parties and maximise the humanitarian response.

• Airport: airside handling is currently under military control and working effectively. Civil Aviation Authority is temporarily suspended but is expected to resume in the near future. Storage at the airport is reportedly available.

• Seaport: the seaport is operational, with only open storage available. Customs clearance is not required for relief items.

• Transport: a mixture of privately contracted commercial trucks and military transport is currently being used to distribute assistance and debris removal activities.

• In general, no gaps in transport, warehousing and fuel are reported. The main constraint is road accessibility. Organisations on the ground are continuing to collect information on accessibility of rural roads/trails in the affected districts.

• After a rapid assessment conducted by the passage of Hurricane Maria, no significant damage or flooding have been reported. In-depth assessments are planned but no additional needs are anticipated.

 Turks and Caicos

• As Hurricane Maria approaches, preparations are ongoing and staff evacuation is being activated, including some Disaster Management and humanitarian staff on site.

• All MSU’s that were erected in the previous days to increase storage capacity in the area for the humanitarian response have now been dismantled and secured as a precaution ahead of Hurricane Maria.

• Access to logistics assets, including trucks, forklifts and boats (planning for post-Maria movements) remains challenging.

• Humanitarian stocks, including 10 mt of HEB’s, are prepositioned in a secure fixed structure.

Regional

• WFP, in support of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), has rolled out an online tracking matrix to consolidate information on cargo movement (planned/dispatched – sea/air) since 17 September. This can be found at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/yaso24ml

• Concept Note and Request for Assistance for the use of military assets have been discussed with UK Military and CDEMA, and are awaiting final clearance before being circulated

Organization(s): 
World Food Programme
Original Publication Date: 
20 Sep 2017
Document type: 
Situation Report
Location(s): 
Dominica
Antigua and Barbuda
Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
Turks and Caicos Islands
Barbados
Coordination hub(s): 
Antigua Hub - Eastern Caribbean
Barbados Hub - Central Caribbean
Disaster(s)/Emergency: 
Hurricane Irma - Sep 2017
Hurricane Maria - Sep 2017