Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean – Humanitarian Action Fact Sheet

No. of pages: 5

Publication date: 2017

Author: UNFPA

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Hurricane Irma made landfall across the Caribbean on 6 September 2017. Reported as one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, it has affected Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Cuba, St Barthelme, St. Martin, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, US Virgin Islands, and Turks and Caicos.  About two million people in the Caribbean live in extreme high-speed wind zones and thousands have been displaced. There has been destruction to infrastructure, housing and livelihoods. UNFPA is concerned about the special needs and vulnerabilities of women and girls. During crises, one in five women of childbearing age is likely to be pregnant. And some 60 per cent of maternal deaths occur in countries affected by humanitarian crises and fragile contexts.