The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says it’s sending experts on crisis recovery to support the people of the Caribbean.

This, as Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, continues on its path of destruction.

UNDP says it’s activated its crisis preparedness plans in several countries in the region.

In a statement yesterday, it says it’ll support them both during the immediate response to this disaster and in crucial early recovery activities.

It says it’ll provide help in debris and waste management, emergency employment and supporting core government functions if asked.

The UNDP notes that while the hurricane has already reached several smaller Caribbean islands, it’s forecast to potentially hit the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba.

It says it’s ready to provide support at the request of the respective governments.