As Tropical Storm Emily approached the Island of La Hispaniola with sustained winds of 85 km/h, the National Societies in Haiti and the Dominican Republic prepared themselves to monitor the situation and respond in a comprehensive way. Since both the Dominican Republic and Haiti are confronting a cholera outbreak, there is a general concern that the flooding produced by Tropical Storm Emily could exacerbate the situation. (IFRC, 04 August 2011)
The Medair shelter programme has now provided safer housing to almost 20,000 people and been a source of hope to families across the Sud-Est district.
On 12 January 2010, Haiti experienced one of the worst natural disasters of all time. The earthquake devastated the nation, choking cities under rubble and leaving more than 200,000 dead and 1.5 million without adequate shelter.
Following one of the most challenging and dramatic years for Latin America and the Caribbean in the area of disaster response and public health, 2011 appeared with a sigh of relief, allowing time to reinforce essential, ongoing recovery and response actions as well as look towards the future of disaster management in the Region.
Almost two years after the devastating earthquake of January 2010, Haiti is showing signs of progress, but hundreds of thousands of people still need help, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) Nigel Fisher has warned.
Speaking to reporters in New York and Geneva ahead of the 2012 appeal launch for Haiti, Mr. Fisher said investment in recovery efforts and long-term development were the solution to many of the problems the country faces today.
El director ejecutivo del Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidráulicos (INDRHI), Frank Rodríguez, informó que los embalses que fueron operados con base en el manual de la temporada de huracanes iniciaron su recuperación este miércoles, de cara a garantizar agua en el período de sequía que inicia en diciembre y que se extiende hasta los primeros meses del año.
1 GENERAL OVERVIEW
Tropical weather forecasts for the Caribbean are being closely monitored. Tropical Storms “Maria”, “Ophelia” and “Philippe” developed over the Atlantic Ocean this month and moved towards the Caribbean Sea; however path projections did not indicate any likely impacts on Haiti.
GLIDE n° EP-2010-000210-HTI
Period covered by this Ops Update: July to August 2011.
Appeal target: 13,371,804 Swiss francs.
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): 78,853 Swiss francs were allocated for preparedness activities in the Dominican Republic related to the cholera outbreak in Haiti.
A Preliminary Appeal was launched on 3 November 2010 for 5,946,897 Swiss francs to support the Haitian Red Cross and the Dominican Red Cross to assist 345,000 beneficiaries.
Mme Valerie Amos, Secrétaire générale adjointe aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnatrice des secours d’urgence du système de l’ONU (OCHA), a lancé aujourd’hui un appel pressant à la mobilisation de la communauté internationale, pour donner un nouvel élan à la réponse à la crise humanitaire en Haïti, alors que l’appel de fonds en faveur de ce pays reste sous-financé, n’atteignant que 57% de la somme nécessaire à la couverture des besoins.
During the first nine months of 2011, humanitarian actors’ efforts focused on a massive response to the cholera epidemic, while still providing humanitarian aid to the 2010 earthquake´s victims. They also strengthened preparedness activities in anticipation of the hurricane season, and supported activities aimed at reintegrating people affected by the earthquake.
Haiti is facing important humanitarian needs with close to 600,000 people still living in camps, a cholera epidemic that claimed the lives of 6,200 Haitians, risks related to the hurricane season and a situation of food insecurity affecting 45.2% of households (4.5 million people).
Considerable progress has been made eighteen months after the devastating earthquake of 12 January 2010. However, humanitarian challenges remain, including the cholera epidemic, risks related to the hurricane season and providing basic services to the 594,000 individuals still living in camps.
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1 GENERAL OVERVIEW
The month of August in Haiti was marked by two storms passing by the country.
o On 04 August 2011, Tropical Storm “Emily” was located 90 km south of Port-au-Prince. The centre of the storm was expected to move across the south-western peninsula of Haiti later that day. The Government of Haiti closed all airports and landing sites in country. However, the storm passed Haiti along the southern coast and turned into a tropical depression in late afternoon.
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August 22, 2011, Los Angeles, Calif. - With Hurricane Irene poised to strike Haiti, International Medical Corps has staff on standby to provide emergency relief and is preparing its cholera treatment sites around the country for an increase in cholera cases following the storm.
CONTENTS - SOMMAIRE
FOCUS Horn of Africa: a predictable crisis - FOCUS Corne de l'Afrique : une crise prévisible
Economic development at the heart of recovery in Cote d’Ivoire - Une activité économique pour se reconstruire en Côte d’Ivoire
Food distributions in Tillabery, Niger - Distributions alimentaires à Tillabéri au Niger
Pointe Noire able to fight Polio (Congo) - Pointe Noire à même de combattre la polio (République du Congo)
Launching the Afghanistan Livelihoods Network - Lancement du Afghanistan Livelihoods Network
The alerts and corresponding responses were reported on in separate SitReps (http://haiti.humanitarianresponse.info/Default.aspx?tabid=77).
There are currently 37 CTCs, 204 CTUs, and 766 ORPs functioning in-country.
The case fatality rate remains the highest among children and the elderly.
La Dirección del Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias (COE), informa a la ciudadanía que el boletín meteorológico de las 1 00 pm, establece que la activa onda tropical, se encuentra al sur de Puerto Rico, moviéndose a unos 28 kph hacia el oeste, esperamos que a partir de ésta noche se incrementen los aguaceros con tormentas eléctricas y aisladas ráfagas de vientos hacia las regiones Noreste, Sureste, litoral caribeño, vertiente sur de la cordillera central, Suroeste y zona fronteriza, unido a los efectos locales (calentamiento y orografía) y al viento predominante del Este/noreste.
· Les alertes et réponses correspondantes ont été rendues compte dans un rapport de situation séparé (http://haiti.humanitarianresponse.info/Default.aspx?tabid=77).
· Il y a actuellement 37 CTC, 204 UTC et 766 CRO en fonctionnement dans le pays.
· Le taux de décès demeure plus élevé parmi les enfants et les personnes âgées.
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Sudan: Massive atrocities and displacement in Southern Kordofan
GENEVA, 9 August 2011 (IRIN) - Disaster-scarred Haiti heaved a sigh of relief after emerging relatively unscathed at the beginning of August when tropical storm Emily skirted the capital Port-au-Prince, where more than 600,000 people still live in camps with little protection from the elements.
But with almost four months to go until the end of the Atlantic hurricane season, humanitarian agencies say the plight of the camp dwellers remains a major concern.