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Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Oct 2017

Beginning on September 8, 2017, Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean, leaving a trail of destruction and devastation. Among the most affected nations: Cuba, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Cuba, where the hurricane struck on the morning of 08/09 and lasted for 72 hours is the country where the agriculture and food security sector was most affected.

As a consequence, a USD 55.8 million Plan of Action was launched on 18 September. It targets the most vulnerable - more 2.1 million people - in 33 municipalities seriously impaired by Hurricane Irma to cover their immediate basic needs over the next six months in five priority sectors: shelter and early recovery, food security, water, sanitation and hygiene, health, and education.

FAO is supporting agriculture emergency response in most impacted countries in close coordination with the Ministries of Agriculture of the countries and Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). FAO has supported the Rapid Needs Assessment led by CDEMA in Dominica. FAO will support the Post Disaster Needs Assessment in Barbuda and Saint Kitts and Nevis, led by the Government, WB, EU, and UNDP. FAO has deployed an expert to Cuba to support fundraising, and is contributing to assessments in Haiti and Dominican Republic.

Author: FAO/Cuba