Hurricane Irma Update: The Latest Island Assessments From the Eastern Caribbean

Satellite photo of Tropical Storm Irma as of Monday afternoon // Photo by National Hurricane Center

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) released on Monday the latest updates from the Eastern Caribbean islands that were impacted by Hurricane Irma.

Here are those details:

Anguilla

According to the OECS, there has been one fatality reported in Anguilla. There was 90 percent electricity infrastructure damage and also significant damage to main water supply. Sea ports remain closed at this time and 90 percent of the government buildings have been reported as damaged.

Although the airport is serviceable for emergency flights and most roads leading to the airport are cleared of debris, the OECS stated that the “Tourism sector is seriously damaged.”

According to OECS, utility restoration will begin through the installation of towers, poles and wires. There was a temporary retrofit done to critical infrastructure such as the Police Station and the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC).

Barbuda

There has been one fatality reported in Barbuda, where 99 percent of the island’s buildings were damaged.

The hospital sustained significant damage to the point where it is no longer possible to carry out medical services from that location, according to the OECS.

Roughly 300 people remain in both the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds and the National Technical Training Center (NTTC), which are being used as temporary shelters.

Initial assessments reveal the number of structures damaged or destroyed has a replacement cost of a little more than $200 million.

The British Virgin Islands

There have been four deaths reported in the British Virgin Islands, along with significant electricity and water system damage.

The hospital was also impacted due to damaged utility lines while the airport tower was compromised. According to the OECS, water and food supplies are both limited.

Haiti

There has been one fatality reported in Haiti, where 67 makeshift shelters are currently housing a total of roughly 11,000 people.

The OECS also reported that 16 municipalities were flooded by runoff and by the flooding of the destination’s main rivers. There is also one missing persons case and five cases of minor injuries, according to the OECS.

Turks and Caicos

According to the OECS, 70 percent of the households in both South Caicos and Providenciales sustained some damage, while 50 percent of the households sustained damage on Grand Turk Island.

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