On 20 September 2017, ITU deployed emergency telecommunication equipment to the Caribbean Islands as a response effort after the massive devastation caused by Category 5 Hurricane Irma (right). British Virgin Islands, Barbuda and St Martin, suffered extensive damage from one of the strongest storms to hit the region in a decade. Irma also affected communication, power and water infrastructure, leaving many communities without water, food, power or communications. After 10 days, another very strong storm, Category 5 Hurricane Maria (left), has also hit the Caribbean Islands, causing huge devastation to Dominica, and other islands that were previously affected by Irma.
The emergency telecommunications equipment provided to the islands include satellite phones and BGANs which are being used to support humanitarian relief efforts in all of the affected islands.