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Between September 9 and 10, Hurricane Jose passed approximately 75 miles northwest of the island of St. Martin—composed of the French territory of Saint-Martin and the Dutch territory of Sint Maarten—with maximum sustained winds of nearly 130 miles per hour, according to international media and the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Tropical storm conditions, including strong gusts and swells, affected parts of the northern Leeward Islands—including St. Barthelemy and St. Martin—and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, NHC reports. Overall, the storm caused less damage than expected in the Caribbean region, according to initial reports from relief stakeholders.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) expects that Hurricane Jose will affect the northern Leeward Islands—including the islands of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Barthelemy, St. Martin, and St. Eustatius—through the evening of September 9 before proceeding into the open waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. The storm is bringing sustained winds of approximately 120 miles per hour (mph), storm surge of up to 3 feet, and up to 6 inches of rain to affected areas, according to NHC forecasts.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) anticipates that Hurricane Irma will affect The Bahamas through September 9 as the storm continues tracking northwestward across the northern Caribbean. The storm is bringing sustained winds of nearly 160 miles per hour (mph), storm surge of up to 20 feet, and 10–15 inches of rain to The Bahamas, according to NHC forecasts.

Hurricane Irma—the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record—is traversing the Caribbean and has affected several island nations, including Antigua and Barbuda. USAID activates a Washington, D.C.-based RMT and a regional DART with staff in The Bahamas, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. USAID is coordinating relief operations with host governments, USG interagency partners, and other humanitarian actors.

USAID Green Invest Asia is designed to mobilize the power of the private sector and international markets to reduce commodity-driven deforestation and high-emissions agriculture practices across Southeast Asia.

The Support to Parliamentary Research activity supports the Department for Research, Library and Archives (DRLA) within the Kosovo’s Assembly by strengthening the DRLA’s ability to fulfil the parliamentary committees’ need for high-quality, objective research and by providing parliamentary research reports for the DRLA.

This program supports the Democracy in Action (DIA) coalition’s domestic election monitoring mission to confirm the fairness of elections, encourage and educate citizens to exercise their voting rights, and increase public confidence in the electoral process.  Democracy in Action (DIA) is a coalition of Kosovar CSOs engaged in election monitoring activities and electoral reform since 2007. In 2017 the coalition became a full member of the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations (ENEMO).

USAID’s Transparent, Effective and Accountable Municipalities (TEAM) project will bolster the ongoing efforts of Kosovo’s government institutions and independent agencies to strengthen accountability and effectiveness in public procurement as a means of improving public services and enhancing public trust, especially at the municipal level. By working closely with municipal partners and supporting linkages with the central government, independent agencies and civil society, the activity will strengthen key government champions and promote local change, creating a sustainable impact.

In July, relief organizations recorded the highest number of monthly humanitarian access incidents in South Sudan since 2016, underscoring the arduous operating environment. USAID/FFP partner the UN World Food Program (WFP) has reached 4.2 million unique beneficiaries in South Sudan to date in 2017, exceeding the UN agency’s total beneficiaries in 2016. In July alone, WFP reached 2.9 million beneficiaries, the highest number of registered people assisted in the country in a one-month period since 2011.

Health officials confirm cases of cholera in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno State. Insecurity and inclement weather exacerbate existing food and nutrition needs in the Lake Chad Basin. Flooding in Niger affects nearly 60,000 people, primarily near the Nigerian border

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Last updated: September 21, 2017

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