Tearing across the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Irma has devastated the Caribbean and areas of the US. Now listed as a category one storm with winds of 120km per hour, Hurricane Irma is one of the most powerful storms to have ever hit the Atlantic Ocean for a century.
As families find their livelihoods and local infrastructure destroyed, the financial impact of the destruction is monumental, especially for lower income countries who desperately need our support.
Antigua and Barbuda
Barbuda – a small Caribbean island – and the first island to feel the force of Hurricane Irma, has been devastated by high winds. 95% of the island’s building have been destroyed and the island has since been described as ‘barely habitable’ by Prime Minister Gaston Browne.
With 50% of the population left homeless and the estimated reconstruction cost set at around £80 million, the island is now a disaster zone. After also having been hit by Hurricane Jose, almost all of Barbuda’s 1,500 residents have left for the sister island of Antigua at a short distance of 90-minute boat ride away.
For families affected by Hurricane Irma, the future remains deeply uncertain. Following the devastating storm, our teams are now on the ground providing essential care.
Here’s how you can help:
For £100 – you can provide hot meals for 10 people a day
For £200 – you can donate a one-month family food pack (including water, rice, beans, tuna, sugar, salt, sardine and hygiene products)
For £500 – you can supply shelter materials and tools (including corrugated sheets, wood and construction tools)
Please support families across Antigua and Barbuda who have lost everything in this devastating storm and urgently need our help.