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This lessons-learned paper is an initiative of the Global WASH Cluster Technical Learning Project, led by ACF1 -UK. The Project has identified water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) response to floods as a priority for technical learning in the sector. Flood emergencies are predicted to increase significantly because of climate change. A number of agencies have experience in responding to rural floods and this provides an opportunity to capture and harness good practices and lessons learned to inform future WASH responses.
Due to its geographical location, the Dominican Republic is highly prone to the impacts of natural hazards, which, in combination with the existing underlying factors of widespread inequality and impoverishment, result all too often in disaster. As a consequence, the country is faced with large scale disaster-induced displacements on a recurrent basis. Addressing protection as a key element of disaster risk management – at national, provincial, municipal and community level – is imperative in the quest to safeguard human rights during these emergency situations.
There is growing consensus on the need to consider and support markets as part of humanitarian responses. It is assumed that this support will increase the impact of responses – yet to date such assumptions are rarely supported by data and strong evidence.
Hundreds of thousands of Haitians who survived Hurricane Matthew, which ripped through their country three months ago, will go hungry if governments, donors and aid agencies do not step up efforts to help them, warned Oxfam today. A $139m UN fund set up to respond the most urgent post-Hurricane Matthew needs is 38 percent underfunded.
The emergency response in Haiti is at a standstill following nearly 48 hours of heavy rains. Helicopters are grounded, ships moored and nearly all road access blocked. Oxfam, already responding to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, is now pushing for more and immediate international support.
The weather could not have come at a worse time for the communities in the South-west and North-west of Haiti – the areas worst hit by Hurricane Matthew.
Oxfam warned today that the death toll in Haiti may rise as survivors face cholera outbreaks and food shortages in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
The international agency is sending three tonnes of water-purifying equipment to counter the spread of cholera, diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases. It is also calling on the international community to help people cope with the widespread loss of harvests.
Oxfam is delivering water purification kits and construction materials in some of areas of Haiti worst affected by Hurricane Matthew.
More than 300 people have been killed in the country's worst-hit South department alone, according to Civil Protection authorities. The number of deaths is likely to rise.
Thousands of people have lost their homes. Official data shows that 29,000 homes have been destroyed in the South and Grand Anse departments. Vast areas have been flooded across south-eastern Haiti and more people could lose their homes.
Oxfam has mobilised teams to help people most in need after Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on Tuesday. The full extent of the hurricane's damage will not be known until response teams are able to access the most affected areas.
The capital Port-au-Prince suffered damage to infrastructure like houses and bridges, but it is the southern tip of the country that will likely experience the worst flooding and biggest humanitarian need (the Grande Anse, Nippes, Sud, and Sud-Est departments).
The devastating impacts of the 2015–16 El Niño will be felt well into 2017. This crisis was predicted, yet overall, the response has been too little too late. The looming La Niña event may further hit communities that are already deeply vulnerable.
Millions of poor and vulnerable people face hunger and poverty this year and next because of record global temperatures, droughts and erratic rains in 2014 and 2015, followed by the development of possibly the most powerful El Niño on record.
This briefing makes the case to urgently scale up humanitarian response in countries already in crisis. It also draws on the experience of the super El Nino in 1997–98, and the inadequate response to the Horn of Africa drought of 2011, to push for early action to save livelihoods elsewhere.
Super El Niño and climate change cause crop failures putting millions at risk of hunger
At least ten million poor people face hunger this year and next due to both droughts and erratic rains influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.
Author: Bhawan Singh, University of Montréal, and Marc J. Cohen, Oxfam America
Haiti has long faced severe natural and human-created hazards due to its location in the Caribbean hurricane zone and to widespread deforestation. Hazards including storms, floods, and droughts have highly destructive impacts on buildings, land, water, livestock, and people in Haiti. The poorest Haitians, including low-income women, children, and elderly people, are especially vulnerable. What are the impacts of climate change, now and in the future?
BHAWAN SINGH/MARC J. COHEN
UNIVERSITE DE MONTREAL/OXFAM AMERICA
Three years after the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010, hundreds of thousands of people are still living under tents and tarpaulins and the country and its people continue to be very vulnerable, international agency Oxfam warned today.
Trois ans après le séisme dévastateur qui a touché Haïti en janvier 2010, des centaines de milliers de personnes vivent toujours sous des tentes et des bâches et le pays et son peuple sont encore très vulnérables aux éventuelles futures catastrophes, a souligné l’agence internationale Oxfam.
International agency Oxfam has been in the field and talked directly to people affected by continuous rains of hurricane Sandy. After more than 48 hours of rain and some violent winds in the south, Haiti is still under national alert in the 10 departments, and flooding has been registered in many localities in the south.
Amelie Gauthier of Oxfam said :
“People have been evacuated and transported to safer grounds. Their homes have been flooded they need basic relief like new plastic sheeting and hygiene kits.
Tens of thousands of people in Haiti were hit by flooding, landslides, and wind damage as tropical storm Isaac passed through the Caribbean country late Friday night.
Oxfam's Country Director, Andrew Pugh, said: "The worst hit areas are in the east and south-east of the country, but we're recording damage across the board. Isaac didn't deliver the devastating body blow we expected on Friday, but we're still seeing wide-spread suffering for its poorest people."
Selon l'organisation d'aide internationale Oxfam, des milliers de gens vivant dans les camps de déplacés en Haïti risquent toujours les inondations et les maladies, et ce, malgré le fait que l'île située dans les Caraïbes semble avoir évité le pire de la tempête tropicale Isaac.
Les premières évaluations des dégâts causés par la tempête, laquelle a passé sur la masse terrestre de l'île très tôt samedi matin (25 août), laissent croire que les dommages n'ont pas été aussi importants qu'on le craignait.
Thousands of people living in refugee camps in Haiti remain at risk from flooding and disease, according to international aid agency Oxfam, despite the Caribbean island appearing to have avoided the worst of tropical storm Isaac.
Initial assessments of the aftermath of the storm, which cleared the island’s landmass in the early hours of Saturday morning (25th August), suggest the damage has not been as great as was feared.
There have been media reports of four deaths, but there is no evidence at the moment of major damage to infrastructure or significant casualties.