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HURRICANE IRMA

Irma dissipated over the south-eastern United States on 12 September and is no longer a threat to islands in the Caribbean. Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, St Martin/St Maarten, the British Virgin Islands, and Turks and Caicos are the most affected islands. Critical supplies and support are being delivered around the clock.

In the Dominican Republic and Haiti, local authorities are managing the response, and restoring normal activities in the affected areas with local resources. Cuba withstood damage to 13 of its 15 provinces, reporting 10 deaths and damage to agriculture, the water supply and telecommunications.

Response to date

Humanitarian partners continue to work and coordinate with regional organizations and local governments throughout the affected countries, as needs assessments continue to reveal the range and depth of Irma-related needs.

On 14 September, a Regional Response Plan was launched. It requires US$15.1 million to address the most urgent needs of an estimated 265,000 affected people until December 2017, and $11.9 million for complex logistics and communications assistance. It will support the regional effort to respond to the most urgent needs, such as re-establishing health and education services, ensuring access to safe water and sanitation, outbreak prevention and control, providing shelter, and coordination services.

On 19 September, the United Nations system in Cuba launched an Action Plan seeking $55.8 million to address the urgent needs of 2,151,080 people severely affected by Hurricane Irma in the 33 most affected municipalities.

How to help

Donate to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Your support will enable the international community to assist people in need.