ODM-WFP emergency situation report on Latin America & the Caribbean 19 Sep 2002
Hurricane Isidore (category 1) is expected to hit Cuba during late hours of 20 September or the early hours of 21 September. The WFP CO is in contact with the UN Resident Representative and Coordinator of the Disaster Management Team. Preventive measures are been taken for the passing of the hurricane through Cuba. Although it is still uncertain, the city of Havana could be affected.
Reporting Period: 09/10 to 09/16/2002
Under the state of unrest declared by the Government in early August, "Rehabilitation Zones" have been established in seven regions that include 14 of the country's 32 provinces. The government has granted broad authority and controls to the military forces, including travelling restrictions within the country. Governors and mayors within the Rehabilitation Zones can restrict travel, impose curfews and issue special identification cards to local residents. They can also restrict travel of foreigners within the zones and request the use of vehicles and other assets when considered necessary.
The Rehabilitation Zones include Choco, Antioquia, and the Catatumbo regions, where WFP has sub-offices and projects.
Reporting Date: 09/17/2002
A landslide in the San Lucas Toliman district on 12 September killed 30 persons and 6 to 7 persons are missing. The search for human bodies continues.
WFP carried out a rapid assessment mission on the food security situation of the affected population. A total of 459 people remain in two temporary shelters near the disaster zone. WFP has food in the municipal NRC (Nutritional and Recovery Centers) and is providing assistance to 22 children suffering from moderate-to-severe malnutrition. Of these children, 11 lived in the affected community. Three mothers -- WFP beneficiaries- died in the landslide.
WFP in cooperation with other UN Agencies -- particularly UNICEF -- will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation. Further actions will be determined as needs arise.