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Hurricane MARIA continued moving west-northwest over the Caribbean Sea, strengthening. Its center passed south of St. Croix island (US Virgin islands) early in the morning of 20 September. It then continued moving towards Puerto Rico as a category 5 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 270…
As of 1 September, [NOAA]’s National Hurricane Centre (NHC), stated that Hurricane Irma’s centre was located near latitude 18.8 north, longitude 39.1 west at 5 PM Atlantic Standard Time (AST) (2100 [UTC]). Irma was moving toward the west at around 13 mph (20 km/h). A turn toward the…
Affected countries: Haiti
From 20 to 24 April 2017, heavy rainfall caused floods and landslides in the departments of the South, South East, Grand'Anse and Nippes. The South department is the most affected. Initial estimates indicate 4 deaths, 15 homes destroyed, and nearly 10,000 homes that could have been damaged in…
As of 1100 EST on 3 October, Category 4 Hurricane Matthew was some 330 km south-east from Kingston (Jamaica) and 440 km south-west from Port-au-Prince (Haiti) in the Caribbean Sea, moving north-west at 9 km/h, with maximum sustained winds of 220 km/h, according to the National Hurricane Center…
Affected countries: Haiti
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…
Affected countries: Haiti
Several localities of Port-de-Paix, North West department of Haiti, were hit by multiple floods which followed heavy rains in late 2015 and beginning of 2016. Indeed, the heavy rains that hit this town have affected more than one thousand people, damaged hundreds of homes and killed 8 individuals…
Erika, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, formed on 24 August, 2015. On 27 Aug at 2.00pm Tropical Storm warnings remained in effect for the following countries: Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and St. Kitts and Nevis. Tropical Storm watches have been issued for the…
In Haiti, about 200,000 families (1 million people) have been affected by drought conditions since the beginning of 2015, especially in Sud-Est, Nord-Ouest and Artibonite regions. These prolonged conditions aggravated the situation of 3.8 million food-insecure people in the country. (ACAPS, 21 Jul…
Affected countries: Haiti
Heavy rainfall over the weekend of 4-5 Apr 2015 affected almost 9,000 families in Haiti: 8,413 families in the West department (89 per cent in Cité Soleil and 8 per cent in Tabarre) and 449 families in Grande Anse. Six people died in flooding in Port-au-Prince, including five children. A total of…
Affected countries: Haiti
Heavy rainfall starting at the beginning of November 2014 caused flooding and landslides in Northern Haiti, killing 17 people. More than 15,000 houses were flooded, 90 were destroyed and 800 were severely damaged. Over 6,500 people were temporarily housed in emergency shelters. The floods also…
Affected countries: Haiti
The first cases of chikungunya were confirmed in Haiti during the last week of April 2014. The disease was first detected in the Caribbean in December 2013, in St Martin. The Government reported a cumulative total of 39,343 cases between 31 May and 16 Jun 2014 in all 10 departments, with the West…
Affected countries: Haiti
Heavy rains on 14, 15 and 28 Jun 2013 caused flooding in Haiti's Artibonite, Nord-ouest and Centre departments. Six people were killed and over 6,600 families affected. Extensive damage was reported in the agriculture and livestock sectors. It is feared that strategic emergency stocks may be…
Affected countries: Haiti
Heavy rains during the night of 8-9 Nov 2012 in the Nord, Nord-est, Nord-ouest and Nippes departments of Haiti resulted in flooding, damage to homes and 10 deaths in Cap Haitien. More than 1,500 people were housed in 14 shelters. (Govt. of Haiti, 9 Nov 2012)
The eye of Hurricane Sandy made landfall near Kingston on Jamaica on 24 Oct 2012 and struck Cuba the next day. In Cuba, over 194,767 homes were damaged and another 32,521 were destroyed, leaving thousands of people in need of shelter solutions. 11 people were killed. (IFRC, 12 Apr 2013) In…
Tropical Storm Isaac's centre passed over Haiti's southwest peninsula in the early morning of Saturday 25 August, approximately 80 kilometres west of Port-au-Prince. As of 28 August, a total of 165 camp areas have been affected in Port-au-Prince with a total number of 13,800 families…
Affected countries: Haiti
As part of an early start to the rainy season, torrential rains battered the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince on 28 Mar 2012, killing six people in Morne Calvaire following landslides. Almost 65,000 displaced people still living in camps are at risk of flooding. Five camps already suffered…
Affected countries: Haiti
Heavy rains from 6 to 10 Oct 2011 caused significant flooding in Haiti’s southern departments of Sud, Nippes and Grande Anse. Two people drowned and more than 416 households were evacuated to emergency shelters. (OCHA, 11 Oct 2011)
On 22 Aug 2011, the Haitian Government issued a red alert ahead of Hurricane Irene, with heavy downpours, violent winds, floods and landslides particularly expected in the North, Centre and Artibonite regions. On 28 Aug, President Obama declared major disaster for Puerto Rico (FEMA, 28 Aug 2001)…
Affected countries: Dominican Republic, Haiti
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…
Affected countries: Haiti
On the evening of 6 Jun 2012, severe heavy rains hit the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area and other areas of the West and Nippes departments in Haiti. A total of 20 deaths, 6 injured and 6 missing people were reported as a result of flooding and landslides.(OCHA, 7 Jun 2011, EN / FR). Useful Links…