Caritas network responds to Hurricane Irma

8 Sep 2017   |   Latin America   |   Emergencies   |   Emergency Relief

The Caritas network is responding to the situation across the Caribbean, as Hurricane Irma continues to threaten the region.

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 tropical storm, is now considered one of the worst storms recorded in the Caribbean region, with winds of up to 180 miles per hour at its strongest.

Irma is affecting people in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Eastern Caribbean Islands and parts of the America. Multiple news outlets are reporting that at least 10 people have died, with millions of people affected by the storm.

Heavy rainfall as a result of the storm is also affecting parts of the region, in particular Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Bahamas and Cuba are also bracing for the storm to hit, with evacuations already underway.

Caritas Internationalis is in contact with the local Caritas organisations across the region, including Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The network is coordinating a relief effort, with the initial focus on providing emergency items such as food, shelter, hygiene kits and livelihood support to those most in need.

If you would like to help those affected by Hurricane Irma, you can do so by donating to our Latin America Emergency Appeal online or by calling 1800 024 413.

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