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Haiti - FLASH : Partial assessment, first floods reported...
06/05/2018 08:24:32

Haiti - FLASH : Partial assessment, first floods reported...
The Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) in a partial assessment, informs us that because of heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorms in some areas that have fallen on the country since Tuesday at least 2 landslides were reported in the Department of the West, particularly in the neighborhood of Carrefour-Feuilles (commune of Port-au-Prince), where several makeshift houses were damaged or destroyed https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-24300-haiti-news-zapping.html and a second occurred on the night from May 3-4, which blocked the road between the localities Méli and Bouda Chita in Palmiste à Vin, (5th communal section of Léogâne).

Also, on the night from May 2 to 3, a 29-year-old mother and her 9-year-old daughter were killed by the fall of a wall from their house in Mont-Carmel, Mirebalais commune. https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-24283-haiti-flash-the-torrential-rains-make-their-first-victims.html

Due to the intense rains that have been falling for several days in Haiti, the threat of flooding is increasing in several departments, particularly in the Great South.

The first floods are reported in the South and South-East, elsewhere it continues to rain and some rivers are turbid and the water level could rise or overflow in the coming hours.

Centre : A beginning of flood has been observed in the Espagnol street, commune of Thomassique, since the rains of May 3rd;

Grand-Anse : The Grand Anse River has started its flood, the level is rising substantially;

West : Following rains on the night of May 3-4, flooding has been reported in several areas of Port-au-Prince, including the southern exit of the capital, where garbage and sludge carried by rainwater made the difficult traffic. Flooding and a surge of waste have been reported in the Projet Drouillard area of Cité Soleil.

SouthEast : La rivière de Moreau, commune de Bainet est en crue.

South : The gully of the South and the river Acul are in flood.

The last rains did not cause too much damage to the infrastructure in general. In Port-au-Prince, runoff has eroded the pavement of some streets.

Forecast on Haiti :
According to Haiti's Hydro-meteorological unit (UHM), a trough was found on Saturday morning in the eastern part of Cuba, further favoring a humid and unstable environment in the Greater Antilles. As a result, showers were still expected Saturday afternoon and overnight, showers that will be supported especially in the South, the Nippes, Grand Anse and Artibonite and less intense in the other departments.

The Permanent Secretariat for Risk Management, together with the UHM and the DPC, maintained the flood and landslide advisory on Saturday, particularly in the departments of South, Nippes, Grand-Anse and Artibonite where locally stormy showers are still expected.

Reminder of advice :
Given the cumulative rainfall across the country and the level of soil saturation in several watersheds, the DPC requires people in areas at risk of flooding, rockfall and landslides, especially those living near the gullies, streams of water or other flood-prone areas, to remain vigilant and invites them to regularly monitor all the weather information while ignoring the rumors, but also to place their papers and important affairs above the level that the waters could reach, or if possible upstairs. Those living in high-risk areas near a gully, water stream or beach should make arrangements to move to housing or shelter that is less exposed to flooding.

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