RRF 14/2022: Humanitarian response to the population affected by the hurricane Ian in Cuba

Since the 22nd of September, hurricane Ian (Category 3) has been impacting Cuba, particularly the provinces of Pinar del Rios, Artemisa, Mayabeque, the Special Municipality Isla de la Juventud, and La Habana, causing landfalls, floods, damages to the infrastructure, housing, electricity and telecommunications services, crops, and the disruption of the provision of critical public and social services.

  • Approximately 3 million people have been affected, 4 casualties have been reported, and 116,000 people were evacuated from their homes and sought refuge with their relatives, and neighbors, in emergency shelters or in local churches.
  • Around 100,000 houses, 11 hospitals, and 992 schools were severely affected.
    Electricity service remains intermittent: In the province of Pinar del Rio 144 out of 150 circuits are without electricity, and in the province of Artemisa, the electricity service is only working at 46% of its capacity.
  • Water supply deficit: in Pinar del Río, the population is heavily dependent on tank truckers and generator sets.
  • Damages in the food sector increase, with acute damages in agriculture, and wide losses in livestock. Food distribution has been interrupted by damages suffered, which directly and negatively impacts the Family Welfare System and the most vulnerable population who heavily depend on food rations distributed by the government.
  • The complex situation has seriously affected the psychosocial well-being of vulnerable groups, especially elderly persons, children, women, persons with disability, and persons with chronic illnesses.
  • Health authorities warn about the need to increase epidemiological surveillance of the most affected territories, in a context of a high incidence of dengue.

The Consejo de Iglesias de Cuba (CIC) is seeking to provide humanitarian relief in the sectors of WASH, Psychosocial support, and Emergency Preparedness & Forum Capacity strengthening to 3,750 people (1,290 girls, 1,090 boys, 540 women, and 367 men), and 750 households through a RRF of 72,600 USD.

RRF 14 2022 Cuba Hurricane Ian