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Hurricane Irma in Caribbean

Tuesday, 05 September 2017

Type of Event:
Ocean Storm - Hurricane
Location of Event:
Caribbean
Date of Charter Activation:
5 September 2017
Time of Charter Activation:
13:02:00
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+02:00
Charter Requestor:
UNITAR-UNOSAT on behalf of UNDAC
Activation ID:
548
Project Management:
UNITAR/UNOSAT

Description of the event

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, plowed through the Caribbean on 6 and 7 September 2017. The devastating storm left at least 44 dead and thousands of people were made homeless.

Hurricane Irma originated from a tropical storm which developed on 30 August 2017, and quickly developed into a full Category 5 storm. Category 5 is the highest grade on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, and indicates a storm that could cause catastrophic damage.

When Irma passed over the Caribbean Isles it came with winds in excess of 250 km/h and brought heavy rain. The strong winds demolished many homes and inundated others. Estimates suggest 95% of the buildings on Barbuda and Saint Martin were destroyed or suffered damage, and 42% of the buildings on Anguilla were damaged. They were not the only islands affected by the disaster, though, and Irma also affected Saint Barthélemy, the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands abd the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Residents of the islands have reported scenes of devastation, and it is feared it may take years for some of the nations to recover.

Rescue and recovery operations were delayed due to the hazards posed by the storm and extensive damage to transportation networks. International aid has been provided to the affected nations, but concerns for the provision of clean water, food and power remain for many residents.

Comprehensive satellite-detected building damage overview in the Caribbean Islands as of 15 September

Copyright: Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Satellite detected waters in Barbuda

Source: RADARSAT-2
Acquired: 11/09/2017

Copyright: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2017) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage Assessment Overview of Antigua


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Source: Pleiades/WorldView-2
Acquired: 12/09/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Report produced by UNITAR / UNOSAT

Flood detection in Turks & Caicos, Caicos islands

Source: RADARSAT-2
Acquired: 12/09/2017

Copyright: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2016) - All Rights Reserved.
Map produced by UNITAR-UNOSAT

Damage assessment in Codrington town, Barbuda Island

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 08/09/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR / UNOSAT

Damage assessment in Anguilla Island

Source: Pleiades / KOMPSAT-3 / WorldView-2
Acquired: Pleiades: 07/09/2017 and 08/09/2017
KOMPSAT-3: 09/02/2017
WorldView-2: 05/07/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
KOMPSAT-3 © KARI 2016
WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR / UNOSAT

Damage assessment map of Marigot in Saint-Martin

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 12/02/2017
Post-disaster: 08/09/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by SERTIT

Damage assessment map of Saint Jean Bay in Saint Barthélemy

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 22/05/2016
Post-disaster: 08/09/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by SERTIT

Damage assessment of the southern part of Anguilla island

Source: Pleiades / KOMPSAT-3
Acquired: Pleiades: 07/09/2017
KOMPSAT-3: 09/02/2017

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
KOMPSAT-3 © KARI
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT