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Haiti - Environment : Sandy, Haiti in red, first impacts
25/10/2012 07:19:52

Haiti - Environment : Sandy, Haiti in red, first impacts
After landfall on Jamaica and Cuba that night, Sandy continues its path towards north to 30km/h, it currently it is currently located at 6 am at 20.9 degrees north latitude and 75.8 degrees west longitude, or 96km north-west of Santiago de Cuba, 295km north-west of Jean Rabel, 300km south of the Bahamas. Maximum winds blowing at 165km / h with gusts well above. The storm winds blowing at 220km from the center.

Although Sandy gradually moves away from Haiti, the country placed at the level of red vigilance of all its departments continues to receive rain and gusts of wind.

First impacts
Department of South heavy rains and winds on all municipalities, the General Hospital in Les Cayes was flooded. On the night of October 23 to 24, a woman in her forties, drowned while trying to cross a river in flood at Camp Perrin, one also reported a loss of life in Côteaux. The section of road between Les Cayes and Jérémie is cut.

Nippes Department the river Duverger is in flood (4th communal section Fond des Nègres), the winds destroyed the tents of health center of Baradères, the CTU is in trouble and the town flooded, he Department of Health, South, PAHO, Handicap et Solidarité support the center for the care of 39 patients. Increase in level of the river Aux Pins.

Department of Southeast winds and sea agitated. The civil protection agents found an early flood to Carrefour Marin.

Department of Grand'Anse heavy rains, moderate winds except to Beaumont where the winds are strong, the rivers Glace, Grand Anse, Dame Marie and Voldrogue are flooding. In Jérémie two houses were washed away, ten to Lady Mary as well as heads of cattle.

Northern Department, the DPC informs that there is a beginning of fllod to Bord de Mer de Limonade, mouth area, and intermittent rain throughout the Northern Department.

Department of the West, 640 people are in temporary shelter in Fonds-Verrettes. The river Grise is in flood, causing a flood early in Bigarathe and to Butte Boyer.

It is also reported that the Route Nationale # 2: landslide up to Morne St Georges ; the section of road between Grande Rivière du Nord and Baron is blocked ; the road towards the South is partially open to traffic. Streams Adelaïde, Big Cheval, Tibourik are flooding.

The Government is ready
The head of state, government and civil protection have decreed the mobilization to limit collateral damage during the passage of Sandy off Haiti.

Alta Jean Baptiste, director of the Haitian Civil Protection informs "...that steps have been taken since Tuesday morning to evacuate the patients of southern hospitals, she informs that in some areas of temporary shelters have been opened. In Nippes rivers are in flood but they have not so far overwhelmed [...]"

Ronsard Saint-Cyr, the Minister of the Interior and Territorial Communities announces that "... funds are already available in case of impact," he said that "the money will be spent according to the impact in the department [...] there are emergency stocks in all regions," and that "if necessary we will intervene quickly to strengthen it..."

Schools closed Thursday
The Ministry of Education and Vocational Training announced Wednesday evening the closure of schools this Thursday, on the whole territory, the reopening of classes is scheduled for Friday in principle.

Flights and cabotage
Cabotage operations are prohibited in all coastal areas of the country until further notice. However, it is imperative that local flights to and from of Terminals of departments of South, Grande Anse, South-east and North-west exercise caution face of threats of gusts of wind that are more and more obvious.

HL/ HaitiLibre

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