Haiti: Floods - Apr 2016

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Traditionally, a small and moderate rainy season affects the country between April and June. However this year, the amount of rain received during the last three weeks corresponds to almost half of the annual precipitation when the cyclonic season has not started yet (June to November). The weak capacity of the Haitian authorities to respond to small scale emergencies remains of great concerns. (ECHO, 9 May 2016)

More than 9000 families have been affected and thousands of homes damaged by floods According to the Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC), the rains that occurred during the month of April have caused flooding in several parts of the country, particularly in the West, North, Central and Nippes departments. (OCHA, 30 Apr 2016)

Heavy rain has been affecting most of the country over the past week causing casualties and damage. According to media reports, one person was killed, three were injured and over 2 900 houses were damaged in the West department, as of 31 May. (ECHO, 1 Jun 2016)

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