St. Martin

St. Martin - Hurricane Irma
USAID is supporting response efforts in St. Martin after Hurricane Irma destroyed nearly all of the island’s infrastructure.
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Key Developments

On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma passed over the island of St. Martin, which comprises Saint-Martin, a French overseas collectivity, and Sint Maarten, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The hurricane caused widespread, significant damage and at least 14 fatalities on the island. Destruction of the island’s infrastructure disrupted residents’ access to essential public services, including electricity, water, and telecommunications. Hurricane Jose followed Hurricane Irma across the eastern Caribbean, passing approximately 75 miles northwest of St. Martin on September 9, 2017 and resulting in minimal direct impacts.

U.S. Embassy in Paris Chargé d’Affaires D. Brent Hardt issued a disaster declaration for French Saint-Martin on September 9, and U.S. Embassy in The Hague Chargé d’Affaires Shawn Crowley issued a disaster declaration for Sint Maarten on September 10, due to the effects of Hurricane Irma and the anticipated effects of Hurricane Jose. In response, USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance provided a combined $200,000 to address the most urgent humanitarian needs in Saint-Martin and Sint Maarten.

USAID also activated a regional Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and stood up a Washington, D.C.-based Response Management Team to coordinate the USG’s humanitarian response to the hurricanes.

Recovery operations continue in Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Martin, following the September 2017 passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Learn more about USAID's Caribbean Hurricanes response efforts

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Last updated: July 18, 2018

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