Hurricane Irma made landfall in Cuba September 8, 2017 as a Category 5 hurricane with strong winds and heavy seas leaving massive destruction in its wake. The entire country has been affected; winds exceeding 250km/h tore roofs off buildings, downed electrical lines and brought floodwaters into low-lying coastal communities. Officials reported significant flooding and waves up to 11 meters high. Homes, fields, schools, buildings and infrastructure have been affected. Irma will have a significant impact on Cuba’s agricultural and tourism sectors.
More than two million people were evacuated ahead of the storm, and hundreds of thousands remain stranded. Together, with local partners, CARE is responding with the most-urgently needed supplies, including water and sanitation supplies and shelter kits.
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CARE and local partners in the affected regions are preparing to respond and will look to assist with water, sanitation, hygiene and household supplies and other relief items as needed. Over the coming days, CARE partners will be looking to travel to the impacted regions to assess damages.
CARE has been active in Cuba for more than two decades with programming focused on food, water and sanitation, disaster risk reduction, humanitarian assistance, and gender equality.