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Haiti - Climate : Last assessment, considerable damage in the camps
26/09/2010 15:15:25

Haiti - Climate : Last assessment, considerable damage in the camps
A sudden and violent weather phenomenon hit Port-au-Prince on Friday 24 September and the surrounding areas of Thomazeau, Ganthier, Fond Verettes, Gressier and southern regions, like Petit Goave and Cayimites Islands. It took less than 30 minutes for rain and high winds transformed the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area camps into a real disaster.

The United Nations has mobilized to respond immediately to this situation. More than 40 teams comprised of United Nations staff, humanitarian agencies and the Haitian Government conducted a damage assessment. An aerial reconnaissance mission was conducted jointly with the Haitian Government. The peacekeepers of the UN Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH) have been deployed throughout the city of Port-au-Prince for assistance to people trapped in rubble or who required medical assistance. The NGO had fortunately equipment on hand to meet various needs, including tarpaulins, hygiene supplies, blankets and food.

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General said he was saddened by the loss of human lives and material damage caused by the sudden storm that hit Haiti on September 24, 2010. He presents Saturday in a statement its sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.

Département de la Protection Civile (DPC) :
The DPC, reviewing its assessment on Sunday slightly higher, weather resulted in 6 dead and 67 wounded. DPC reported 8.432 tents or shelters damaged or destroyed that are no longer usable in areas affected by rain and wind. Assessment teams in Cité Soleil have reported that some houses were damaged and needed tarpaulins for emergency repairs and reduce exposure to rain. MINUSTAH has provided first aid assistance while transporting the MORE critical wounded to hospitals. Coordination between the DPC and OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is underway. The Government of Haiti has 15,000 tents and 600 mattresses to deal with material losses.

Sunday 172 camps had been assessed by 22 multi-sectoral teams, deployed in the affected camps by the CCCM and IFRC among others, including 77 members of the DPC, 21 priority sites have been identified. An aerial survey was also conducted in support. The priority need is to replace shelters, Shelter cluster partners undertake the distribution of 5,240 traps, 150 tents and 785 shelter kits. Half of the needs were filled Saturday and the rest should be Sunday.

MINUSTAH has been providing support during evaluation visits to camps in Cité Soleil and the Champs de Mars for security reasons. The populations of these camps are angry, they prevented the evaluation work that was finally able to do so successfully. 20 peacekeepers have provided security for the distribution of tarpaulins, in some affected camps. Officer of Formed Police Unit (FPU) were assigned to the safety of IDP camps and continue their patrols to assess and report on the situation. 559 UNPol and FPU provide a permanent police presence in 6 main camp and 312 UNPol and FPU patrol the other camps. The effective of 550 soldiers already stationed permanently in the IDP camps have received reinforcements of 250 soldiers to provide security in the camps. This Sunday the situation is under control and remain "calm."

Humanitarian / Environmental / Hygiene / Health:
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has distributed: 1560 tarpaulins, 780 Shelter kits in Camp Caradeux - 18 tarpaulins, 5 Shelter kits at La Piste (Former Military Airport) - 50 tents, 150 tarpaulins, 330 blankets at camps la Piste for people with auditive deficiency (110 people) - 182 tarpaulins, 182 woods in Petit Place Cazeau / Park Sainte Claire. A total of 985 families were assisted by the HRCS/IFRC with relief materials to help them recover from the effects of the storm.

The roads in the affected areas are now cleared. No serious problem of logistics was reported, in spite of certain trees fallen the majority proved to be minor problems.

At the camp corail the International organization for Migrations (OIM) relocated 111 families in provisional shelters built before the date envisaged.

The hospital de la paix is operational.

With the camp of Pétionville Golf (managed by the Sean Penn actor) the hospital of countryside was destroyed, but the installations were replaced by the UNICEF and the hospital functions this Sunday again.

The National management of Drinking water and Cleansing (Direction Nationale de l'Eau Potable et de l'Assainissement DINEPA) and the partner of cluster WASH led evaluations. Minor needs were announced in 5 camps, primarily of the showers, the latrines and the damaged water tanks.

International Rescue Committee, and other organizations of assistance distributed 750 kits of hygiene.

The UNICEF preposition jerrycans, water storage unit, chemical toilets, hygiene kits and water purification tablets for the distribution on request.

Four teams coming from the UNOPS, the OIM and the DPC carried out 12 evaluations with Delmas and Croix-des-Bouquets. One camp was identified like requiring an urgent need of drainage, work has to start Saturday according to the availability of the resources. The evaluations will continue today.

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