1.2 million people were affected by the hurricane Irma in the countries of the Caribbean, another 26 million people are at risk in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The IFRC stresses that the strongest hurricane in the last two days destroyed almost all the buildings in Barbados and left the residents of Puerto Rico without electricity. Reports of destruction come from the British Virgin Islands, Saint Martin, St. Barthélemy and Saint Kitts and Nevis. According to the organization, 10 people died.
The IFRC has already committed about 600,000 Swiss francs to prepare for the rapid provision of assistance to the population, which may be affected by the hurricane, in addition to the 120,000 francs that have already been spent on remediation in Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts and Nevis. Active preparation for the hurricane goes to Cuba.
“People in all the Caribbean will need our help to withstand the hurricane and its consequences.We are already preparing the largest response plan for several countries at once.The Red Cross was in these areas before the Irma and will be there after the hurricane will pass, “- said the regional director of the IFRC, Walter Kott.