Since September 5th, 2017 IRMA’s category 5 hurricane, the most powerful ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, left destruction behind.
The islands that suffered the most human and material damage were among the smallest. In St Maarten, one of the PEARL project case studies, and Saint-Barthélemy, the situation is quite severe, according to the French and Dutch authorities. Barbuda, a small island of 1,600 inhabitants, has been “totally devastated,” according to Prime Minister Gaston Browne.
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.
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:
PEARL is dealing with these extreme events developing and applying the necessary tools to track extreme events such as Irma and assess impacts from it. Below are a number of simulations from previous events and hurricane IRMA.
The project received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for Research Technological Development and Demonstration under Grant Agreement No 603663