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Haiti - Hurricane : Provisional assessment of the situation
08/11/2010 13:31:34

Haiti - Hurricane : Provisional assessment of the situation
While the impact of the hurricane so far has been less severe than foreseen, flooding and landslides have already created additional humanitarian needs throughout the country, due to the great vulnerability of Haiti to extreme weather conditions. In addition, the poor sanitary conditions in many parts of the country, combined with flooding and polluted waters, are very likely to accelerate the spread of cholera.

It is reported to us that at Môle Saint-Nicolas boat sinked with 900 bags of charcoal on Friday (waiting for a second confirmation).

By Saturday, Oxfam-Quebec were hard at work to carry out needs assessments in 37 refugee camps in the Delmas area, following Hurricane Tomas. Sheets have already been distributed to 126 families and 1,000 more are expected to receive Monday. Assessments in the camps where Oxfam-Québec operates reported 16 shelters destroyed, 68 heavily damaged and 513 slightly damaged. A water reservoir was also affected and 14 of 186 latrines. Six of the 58 showers are also to repair. Operations will be conducted at multiple sites to remove the mud that accumulated.

Sunday the flooding of the Saint-Croix Hospital at Leogane was confirmed.

The town of Boje on the road of Malpasse, is flooded.

This morning, November 8, 2010, the Direction of Civil Protection reported in a partial assessment, at least 20 people were killed, seven are missing and 36 others were injured. 36.755 persons were evacuated of which 31.731 are still refugees in 120 temporary shelters. It more than probable that this assessment will appear unfortunately much heavier during next days, many areas are still inaccessible and cut off. Moreover, the level of water in some flooded areas is still very high. The assessment of damage and loss of lives due to field conditions, progress very slowly.

UNICEF confirmed yesterday that the hurricane had caused flooding in Haiti in the five departments of the South and other regions, including the Artibonite, Centre, North West, and communities of Leogane and Gressier, west of Port-au-Prince. Heavy rains caused serious flooding in the upper Artibonite up to one meter of standing water reported in Gonaives, north of the Artibonite River.

Late Sunday afternoon, the DPC announced that the latest contacts with the commune of Bombarde, suggesting that the hurricane had hit it strongly. Crops of sorghum and pigeon peas (Pois Congo) were destroyed and 80% (these are the most catastrophic damage to the town). This is the main harvest season that would allow farmers to spend the period from January to June 2011. Households now have no income and no stock in the house to meet the needs of food and other necessities. Dozens of homes were damaged, mostly by high winds. Many animals were killed by rains and winds (goats, horses and cattle), it is largely the savings of farmers that was destroyed.

At coastal areas, small boats were heavily damaged.

Aid needs were rapidly assessed between 14 and 18 million dollars to cope with the devastation caused by hurricane in several cities.

S/ HaitiLibre

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