Hurricane Fiona

Hurricane Fiona

Airlink's Impact

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Reports

Current Situation Overview

On 18 September, Hurricane Fiona made landfall on southeastern Puerto Rico, before moving northeast towards the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos. Catastrophic flooding and landslides have left more than a million people without power, 62% of the island without potable water, and several roads and bridges destroyed. Fiona comes at a time when the island is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria five years prior. Concerns exist regarding access to food and certain medications due to lack of refrigeration. The storm killed at least 4 people and more than 1,000 people have been rescued by authorities. Hospitals on the island are currently operating on generators. Airlink is tracking the movement of Fiona as its projected path moves onwards to Nova Scotia.

Challenges

Roads are flooded and bridges have been swept away, limiting transportation in Puerto Rico. NGO budgets are lean and transportation can be 60-70% of the cost of a response.

Immediate Humanitarian Needs

Immediate needs include power restoration, shelter repair, medical, and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene).

Our Response 

Airlink has extensive experience responding to tropical storms and hurricanes in this region, having provided airlift for humanitarian aid following Hurricane Maria five years ago. Airlink is currently working with relief partners who are on the ground assessing immediate needs and coordinating with others preparing their responses. Airlink is holding discussions with airline partners to determine the availability of donated airlift and accessibility of flights into the region. Airlink is prepared to provide immediate airlift to support search and rescue operations, aid assessments, and responses involving relief workers and humanitarian aid. Airlink will provide support through the recovery period as needed by our NGO partners.

One of the most critical elements of disaster response is needs assessment. Without this stage, it is likely the wrong aid will be sent and not address the needs of people and communities on the ground. Airlink has engaged its disaster response protocol and is working with our partner NGOs and airlines to marry needs to airlift and mobilize a sustainable supply chain. 

Response Partners