Tag: Hurricane Irma

(Left) Katy Sabrina Estime, 15, sits on a bed in a room of her home, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma, with Dehana Estime, 17, in Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos Islands, Friday 15 September 2017.

The aftermath of Hurricane Irma, a category five hurricane that hit the Caribbean between Wednesday 6 September and Sunday 10 September, is putting the well-being of hundreds of thousands of children in the Caribbean in danger. The extent of the devastation to Cuba and islands in the Eastern Caribbean is beginning to become clearer as rapid assessments are underway. With high winds, heavy rain and storm surges, Irma caused widespread damage to homes, schools, health centers and basic infrastructure across the region.

Needs assessments are underway across all the islands affected by Hurricane Irma. UNICEF staff are on the ground, working in close coordination with government and implementing partners, evaluating the most urgent needs for children and adolescents. As of 14 September 2017, 132 schools are potentially affected in Anguilla, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos islands.

Digital volunteers deliver lifesaving information during Hurricane Irma

By James Powell, U-Report Lead Katy Sabrina Estime, 15, sits with her friend in her home which was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma, in Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos Islands. UNICEF/UN0121875/Moreno Gonzalez They came in three. Hurricane’s Irma, Jose and Maria battered their way through the Caribbean and Southern Florida last […]