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Haiti - FLASH : Heavy rain on the South, significant damage (provisional assessment)
24/04/2017 06:32:57

Haiti - FLASH : Heavy rain on the South, significant damage (provisional assessment)
For 3 days, two surface troughs, respectively in the southwest of Cuba and Jamaica, maintain a wet and unstable weather on the Greater Antilles and cause intermittent heavy rains on Haiti, especially in the Great South.

According to the information provided by the Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) the provisional balance sheet is 2 dead, several houses destroyed, many of the communal sections in all communes are flooded and others are at risk. In the coastal zone, traffic is impossible due to the collapse of the Port Salut bridge that connects the rest of the coast. In terms of damage, is reported loss of agricultural and livestock, flooded homes all over the department, especially in the city of Les Cayes, Torbeck, Port Salut and fishing equipment losses.

Provisional assessment of the DPC from 20 to 23 April 2017 :

Les Cayes : Bloc savane, Derrière fort, Centre ville, Jean Jacque Acau, pont Gombo, jonc grenn all these parts of the city are flooded, Gelée rising of the sea and flooding rice fields.

Port Salut : Flooding in the city, Port-Salut is cut off with other coastal communes, dallot obstructed at Carrefour Félix, agricultural and livestock losses in communal sections, small houses destroyed on the coast, houses flooded at the level of the city, Carpentier, Jabouin, Lazar, Scipio. Landslide in the 5th section Dumont. Outgoing population evacuation process 1 recorded death (Male-Tikwet) ;

Tiburon : Agricultural and livestock losses in the heights, rockfall and landslide;

Aquin : Heavy rains, rising water. No damage to report;

Roche-Bateau : Houses Flooded at city level, agricultural and livestock losses at the communal sections, sections of roads deteriorated. ;

Cavaillion : Flooded river, flooded houses at Granddieu, flooded gardens, high risk of flooding if the rain continues. Spontaneous sites : 6 houses of fortunes destroyed, cases of protections to follow (children and vulnerable old people) ;

Les Anglais : Heavy rain recorded in the commune, but no damage to report, two communal sections are at risk of flooding ;

Cotaux : Heavy rain, no damage reported so far ;

Maniche : Flooded gardens. The overflow of the Grand Passe River forced the evacuation of the population to the National School of Melon, the main road of Maniche is deteriorated. National School of Dorié receives displaced people (65 families gradually) ;

Chardonniere : Flooding at city level ;

Arniquets : The gullies and the river Acul are in flood, the city risk of being isolated, the bridge of Arniquet risks to being severely affected ;

Torbeck : Agricultural losses and livestock, gardens and flooded houses, the national road is partially practicable ;

Camp Perrin : Loss of crop at all Communal section, a loss of life (19 years), entrance Bananier and Estrela, the ravine is in the course of overflowing ;

Chantal : The gullies are in floods, agricultural and livestock losses (Canon and the Prêtre) ;

Port à Piment : Heavy rain recorded, paralyzed traffic on the south coast atPort Salut ;

Iles à Vache : Heavy rain recorded, rough sea ;

St Louis du Sud : Heavy rain, flooding of gardens at sucrerie Henri) ;

The first interventions of the teams of the Ministry of Public Works, resulted in the restoration of the car traffic on the stretch linking the Cayes and Arniquet, affected by the rains in several places.

The South Coordination of the Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC), partners, accompanied by the National Police of Haiti (PNH), also attended 197 families in a camp in Cavaillon where 200 tarps were distributed. Distribution of food kits to 500 families in Les Cayes. The Ministry of the Interior urges the Departmental Delegates and the Mayors to accompany the members of the DPC in the relief actions as well as in the assessment of the damages and needs.

Compared to the ongoing rainfall activities in Haiti at this early start of the rainy season and the soil saturation observed in some parts of the country, the Ministry of the Interior's DPC, the National Meteorological Center (CNM) and the Permanent Risk Management System urge in particular those in risk areas, to remain vigilant and to apply scrupulously the usual safety instructions in the event of floods and landslides.

HL/ TB/ HaitiLibre

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