UNICEF Dominican Republic Humanitarian Situation Report n° 1, 6 September 2017 – ReliefWeb

Highlights

  • Around noon, moving at 26 km per hour, Hurricane Irma hit the island 100 km north of Puerto Plata; seven hours later, it had already crossed the Dominican Republic.

  • According to the last Emergency Operations Center (COE) report, there has been no loss of life, and at 18:00 hours, the entire country with the exception of two provinces are on red or yellow alert.
    More than 19,000 people have been evacuated and sheltered, with 8,000 in 91 shelters and 11,000 in houses of friends or relatives.

  • 30 aqueducts have been damaged or destroyed and others closed as a precaution measure. More than 1,2 million people are without drinking water, and 10 communities are cut off from communication.

  • Based on the current information, the provinces most affected could be Samaná, Monte Cristi, Puerto Plata and María Trinidad Sánchez, where one of the hardest hit areas, the town of Nagua, is located.
    Nagua has an index of vulnerability to climatic shock (IVACC) of 0.625 (the highest is 1) and a population of 10,800 children. In some of these locations, 70% of the population is without electricity.

  • Despite the protocol to not use schools as a first choice for shelters, 20 of the 66 open shelters are schools.

  • School activities and public and private labor activity are suspended throughout the country.

  • UNICEF, as part of UNETE, has offered support to the Government and activated their processes of preparedness and response in health, water, sanitation and hygiene, education and protection.

  • The Government has not requested international assistance and is not expected to do so in the coming days. However, as expected, the sectoral ministries are calling on institutional cooperation to support the response to the emergency. For example, the Ministry of Health will hold a coordination meeting tomorrow.

  • UNICEF, in coordination with COE, broadcasted preparedness and prevention messages before the hurricane through social network posts.

Humanitarian Leadership and Coordination

  • The Dominican Republic government is leading the emergency response through the Emergency Operations Center (COE). For the moment, it has not requested international assistance, although it is expected that some institutions will make specific requests in the next few days.

  • UNETE has been activated and has a permanent presence in COE through OCHA.

  • UNICEF participates in UNETE and is in contact with the Ministries of Health and Education and the national child protection system emergency response team.

  • The national inter-sectoral group for water, sanitation and hygiene (GASH) has been activated in the capital and in the northern region of the country.

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