Hurricane Irma in Haiti
Thursday, 07 September 2017
Type of Event:
Ocean Storm - Hurricane
Location of Event:
Date of Charter Activation:
7 September 2017
Time of Charter Activation:
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UNOOSA on behalf of United Nations Haiti, DSRSG/RC/HC Office
Description of the event
When Hurricane Irma passed close to Haiti's northern coast on the night of 07 September; it triggered torrential rain. Although the Category Five storm did not pass directly over Haiti, the edge of Irma still caused flooding and mudslides in the northern part of the country.
At least one casualty was reported, and it's estimated that 5000 houses were flooded by Irma with potentially as many as 30,000 affected by the disaster.
Category Five is the highest grade on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, and indicates a storm that could cause catastrophic damage.
Irma also destroyed an important bridge which connects Haiti with the neighbouring Dominican Republic.
Damage Assessment Overview of Haiti
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 09/09/2017
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