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The Dutch government is holding a crisis meeting to discuss its response to the damage inflicted on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, a former Dutch colony, by Hurricane Irma. “Even experts have said they’ve never seen one like this!” he posted of Harvey last week.
Aid agencies fear a humanitarian catastrophe in impoverished Haiti if Hurricane Irma hits the Caribbean island with full force as expected.
Two local groups are in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, with the impact of Irma is not as severe as they expected, but it didn’t take much to cause devastation.
Irma lashed the small British island territory with heavy wind and rain Wednesday.
Marc Vincent, resident coordinator for the United Nations in Haiti, said one positive sign was that the storm appeared be tracking slightly farther north than anticipated.
It is unknown how many people have already left the areas most at risk.
“They’re people who are poor and vulnerable, who don’t have anything to fall back on”.
“Air Canada is reviewing capacity requirements and working with Air Canada Vacations to ensure we have sufficient capacity to bring our customers home safely”, the airline said.
Inskeep said the hurricane may affect communications for a while. “I expect that the same sentiment is going to be revived”.
There have been no reports of deaths or injuries in Cuba from Irma, but the storm continues to pound the north coast of the country’s central provinces.
A fisherman in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince removes equipment from his wooden boat as a precaution against Hurricane Irma. “So they say I should board up my house?”
“People really don’t have anything to protect themselves with, and the government can barely protect the population”, he added.
“It’s a slow-moving hurricane, and as it moves toward us, I’m afraid it will slow even more”, Chandler said.
The World Bank is now supporting Caribbean countries on disaster risk management and climate change adaptation with an active investment portfolio of US$383 million. Speaking to journalists, Juan remarked “I guess we are anxious, but we are already living in another hurricane – hurricane misery”.