Now is the time to help Irma-affected people get back on their feet, UNDP

Sep 8, 2017

32 million people in the Caribbean living in areas exposed to high-speed wind zones (excess of 60km/h). Photo: UNDP Haiti

Online donations platform to help women, men and children rebuild lives

New York, 8 September 2017 – The most powerful hurricane ever recorded over the Atlantic Ocean has battered several Caribbean islands, leaving Barbuda and St. Martins near “uninhabitable”, according to national authorities. Hurricane Irma has also left catastrophic damage as it passed over Turks and Caicos, southern Bahamas, northern Dominican Republic and northern Haiti.

To help countries and communities respond, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has immediately made available US$300,000 from its core resources to support assessments, coordination and recovery planning in Irma-affected countries.

Ahead of the Hurricane UNDP deployed crisis response experts to several Caribbean countries, including Jamaica and Haiti, where nine UNDP staff members are supporting crisis coordination in impacted communities in the north. UNDP is also working closely with national authorities in Turks and Caicos, St. Martin and Bahamas to provide support and immediate and long-term recovery measures.

Across the impacted countries, housing, community infrastructure and the livelihoods of millions of people have been severely damaged.

“In the wake of such disasters those who own so little are the hardest hit,” said UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Jessica Faieta. “In addition to the terrible casualties, they lose their houses, their small businesses, their boats, their livelihoods. Now is the time to help Irma-affected people get back on their feet.”

To help women, men and children rebuild their lives, after Irma’s devastation UNDP has activated an online donations platform. https://Give.undp.org/Irma

Caribbean vulnerability in numbers

·  32 million people in the Caribbean living in areas exposed to high-speed  wind zones (excess of 60km/h)

·  2 million people in the Caribbean living in areas exposed to extreme high-speed wind zones (excess of 120km/h)

·  13 people reported dead across affected territories

·  3 hurricanes currently active in the Atlantic Ocean: Irma and Jose over the Caribbean, and Katia in the Gulf of Mexico

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