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Oxfam ready to respond to Hurricane Irma

6th Sep 2017

Oxfam and partner organisations in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba are ready to respond to the impact of Hurricane Irma and help people who are likely to be hardest-hit

The category 5 hurricane has made landfall in the Caribbean with winds up to 185 miles per hour and is expected to hit the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday. Oxfam is also closely monitoring Tropical Storm Jose which is developing in the southern Caribbean.

In Cap Haitian in northern Haiti, Oxfam has a team ready to reach the worst affected areas immediately after Irma hits and will determine Oxfam's initial humanitarian response. Staff in Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba have activated their contingency plans, and are coordinating with partner organisations and government agencies.

Oxfam has worked in the Caribbean region for over 30 years and has expert teams in providing safe water, sanitation and hygiene to people most vulnerable after an emergency strikes. Oxfam responded to last year's Hurricane Matthew in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba.

For more information and interviews with Oxfam staff in Haiti, Dominican Republic and Cuba please contact Emma Fabian, Oxfam GB Press Officer 01865 472193/07825 503 274,

For updates please follow @oxfamgbpress