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PEARL | Preparing for Extreme And Rare events in coastaL regions
  • PEARL is developing a holistic flood risk approach for coastal communities

  • PEARL is improving forecasting, prediction and early warning capabilities

  • PEARL is following a transdisciplinary approach integrating social, environmental and technical research and innovation

  • PEARL is gathering case studies and demonstrations of best practices across Europe, Asia and the Caribbean

Since September 5th, 2017 IRMA’s category 5 hurricane, the most powerful ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, has left destruction behind.

The islands that suffered the most human and material damage were among the smallest. In Saint-Martin, one of the PEARL project case studies, and Saint-Barthélemy, the situation is quite severe, according to the French and Dutch authorities. At least 8 people died and many others injured, unfortunately this toll is likely to increase. Barbuda, a small island of 1,600 inhabitants, has been “totally devastated,” according to Prime Minister Gaston Browne.

As an immediate action French and Dutch authorities are setting up and sending emergency teams to the affected areas to assist local administration in restoring the situation.

The PEARL Project team expresses its support to the families of all victims of this tragic meteorological event and associates its solidarity with all population affected by IRMA, which continued its destructive trajectory towards Puerto Rico the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Bahamas on Thursday September 7th, 2017.

It is in times like this we look to the strength and courage of the people affected and the continued support from the international community. PEARL is appealing to all followers of our project in provision of the financial support to the victims of IRMA through a number of recognised humanitarian organisations operating in the Caribbean:

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