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Haiti - Weather : Update on the situation in Haiti this Friday
05/08/2011 13:02:03

Haiti - Weather : Update on the situation in Haiti this Friday
The former Tropical Storm Emily has spared Port-au-Prince, but several regions have been hit hard and suffered much damage...

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indicates that the remnants of the former Tropical Storm Emily, which has become a surface trough (tropical depression)
is producing a disorganized rain and thunderstorms from the North East of Jamaica to the east of Cuba, on Haiti, the Dominican Republic, in the Southeast of the Bahamas and the Atlantic a few hundred kilometers.

Th NOAA estimate that there are currently no signs of a closed circulation and upper-level winds are expected to be only marginally conducive for re-development today. The probability that this climate system becomes again a tropical storm within the 48 hours is 60%. The climate system is currently moving on a trajectory northwest at nearly 15 mi/h.

Ronald Sémelfort, Director of the National Meteorological Centre of Haiti (CNM) indicated that despite this better weather conditions, damages are still possible in Haiti, considering the risks of flash floods and dangerous landslides, for these reasons the Haitian authorities maintains the level of alert to red.

Gary Shaye, Director of the NGO "Save the Children" in Haiti, said that children are particularly vulnerable to landslides and urged the parents to supervise their children and to find safe places for the duration of vigilance red.

On the Champ de Mars, many refugees said they had lost their tents in the wind gusts and requires a rapid response of the authorities to help them.

Paul Antoine Bien-Aimé, the Haitian Minister of the Interior and Territorial Collectivity declared that "Teams of the civil protection that are throughout the country are working with authorities to continue to assist the people who are in flooded areas."

Max Obed Désir, , the government spokesman said that the Artibonite Valley in the center of Haiti, and affected by the floods. According to him, dozens of homes are threatened by the rising waters of the River, but most residents refuse to leave their homes because they want to protect their property.

The Deputy Gracia Delva reported that two sections of the town of Marchand Dessalines were flooded.

Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste, head of Civil Protection reported that the evacuation operations of population took place in areas at risk of Tabarre and Thomazeau and around the capital, Léogâne and the Department of Nippes. She is asking the public to remain vigilant and invites it to apply the recommendations of the authorities to limit the damage in case of future flooding.

The Deputy Joseph Joël Louis, reports that in the Central Plateau the heavy rainfall that fell, have caused a landslide... livestock was swept away and the plantations destroyed.

Jacques Gabriel, the Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communications informs that all human and material resources of the Ministry are at the disposal of the Directorate of Civil Protection and the various departmental offices in order to rescue the people.

Hilary Jackson, the representative of the general direction of the police stressed that the Police Nationale d'Haiti (PNH) is mobilized more than ever with the population of the areas at risk.

Paul Antoine Bien-Aimé, indicated that all domestic flights and boats should be able to resume [in principle] their activities from this Friday.

No loss of life have been reported so far, and the balance sheet of the material damage remains to be establish in the coming days.

On Friday, in some regions of Haiti, heavy rains continue to fall.

HL/ HaitiLibre

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