Port-au-Prince, 3 November 2017 – On the occasion of a three-day visit to Haiti, of the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General (DSG), Ms. Amina J. Mohammed and the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Haiti, Ms. Josette Sheeran, a High Level Cholera Committee meeting (HLCC) was organized at the Prime Minister Residence, co-presided by the Head of the Haitian Government, HE M. Jack Guy Lafontant and the Deputy Secretary-General.
I. APERÇU DE LA SITUATION
Haïti a fait des progrès remarquables pour se remettre des multiples chocs subis au cours de ces 7 dernières années marquées par des épisodes de tremblements de terre, des ouragans, de sècheresses et d'instabilité politique. En outre, les capacités nationales pour mieux se préparer et répondre aux urgences futures ont été renforcées. Un tel progrès n'a été possible que grâce à des efforts nationaux et internationaux.
(This is the latest information received from the OCHA-UNDP-Protection Civile coordination team in Gonaives)
Both local authorities and the international community are struggling to meet the challenge of identifying the victims of the floods and to respond to their urgent needs. With the start of food and water distribution, however, it is hoped that their will be increased optimism in the town. There is however, an urgent need to step up deliveries, deal with the corpses and dead animals in the streets and to continue to maintain public security.
This is the latest information received from the OCHA-UNDP-Protection Civile coordination team in Gonaives.
1. Main issues
Current priorities are body retrieval, starting food and water distribution and reestablishing communications. The humanitarian effort also requires more transport and personnel.
The local authorities have set up 14 different commissions to deal with distributions, shelter etc.