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Dominican Republic: Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 6

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2004/0085
OCHA Situation Report No. 6
Dominican Republic - Floods
1 June 2004

Situation

1. According to the last report of the Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia (COE, Centre of Emergency Operations, No16) issued on 31 May the yellow alert is still in force for the Yuna River basin, from Hatillo to the Samana Bay (East), the Northwest region of the country as well as the border area.

2. On 26 May, the President of the Republic declared the municipality of Jimaní a disaster area and a public national disaster territory. On the 27 May, the President of the National Emergency Commission, Vice-Admiral Radhames Lora Salcedo, requested the United Nations Resident Coordinator to channel and coordinate the support from the agencies ready to express their solidarity with people of the Dominican Republic.

3. At the national level, the COE reports:

Dead
413
Missing
275
Affected families
1,582
Homeless population
2,092
587 adult women
583 adult men
472 girls
450 boys
Houses
3,112 damaged
300 destroyed
Agricultural sector
Approximately 1000 hect. remain under the water of Yuna River

4. The municipality of Jimaní's data, most affected area, report as follows:

Dead
392
Missing
275
Affected families
1,000
Homeless population
1,300
Houses
721 damaged
219 destroyed
71 partially damaged

5. The International Red Cross Federation situation report of their assessment done in areas others than Jimaní, on 31 May highlights the following information:

Montecristi Province (northwest of the country)

The Yaque River of the North carries much water but presents no risk, for the moment, to the population. It is being monitored.

Lower Yuna River (approx. 100 km north from the capital)

Since 22 May heavy rains have caused the overflowing of Yuna River, in the provinces of Duarte and Cotui.

2,582 families have been affected by the floods in the Arenoso area (according to 26 May information from the Dominican Red Cross).

Arenoso has a population of 13,871 people. Between 30 and 40 families are sheltered in Arenoso's school. Until now they have received humanitarian assistance, mattresses and food, from the Government.

Access difficulties to the municipalities of Los Peinados (144 families), los Contreras (55 families), Villa Maria (53 families) - (DomRep Red Cross sources, 29 May). The only way to access is by boat.

The rice crops int the Lower Yuna represent 70% of the total country's production. Most of these cultivations are still under water. Estimates of the damage for agriculture are not yet available.

Elias Piñas (Center of the border area)

City of 17,096 inhabitants. No disponibility of drinkable water. The water distribution system has been damaged.

National response

6. In the municipality of Jimaní:

  • The National Emergency Comisión (CNE) has sent to Jimaní 150 tons of clothing, 186 food tons and 127 bottled water tons.

  • A total of 14,000 people have benefited from a one-day vaccination campaign.

  • The basic services of electricity, water and sanitation have been re-established in most of the municipality.

Bilateral International response

7. Contributions reported to OCHA:

The European Commission has put 2 million EURO at the disposal of Hispaniola Island (Dominican Republic and Haití).

United States: OFDA has supported WHO/PAHO, World Vision and IFRC with USD 300,000 (USD 100,000 for each).

Venezuela: food and medicines.

Chile: field equipment, medicines and clothing.

Spain: 6,000 food rations and drinking water system through the Spanish International Cooperation Agency, support to water sanitation and reconstruction projects through NGOs as well as medicines, tents and other items through the Red Cross and Caritas. The amount of these items is estimated at 290,000 Euros.

Italy: relief goods amounting USD 219,914.

United Nations response

8. Coordination, assessment, technical assistance and cash contributions:

UNDAC: The United Nations System has deployed an UNDAC team formed by 6 members and supported by the UN country team staff. The team has established an OSOCC (On-Site Operations Coordination Centre) in Jimaní to bring support to the authorities in the coordination and information tasks. The UNDAC has already established different sectorial working groups. A base has also been established in Santo Domingo and some assessment missions have been planned to other areas than Jimaní.

OCHA: USD 50,000 emergency grant and USD 30,000 Norwegian Government grant channelled through OCHA.

UNDP: it is offering technical assistance in the field for coordination, facilitating the dialogue between the Municipality of Jimaní and the central authorities. It has made resources available for the re-establishment of infrastructures. A UNDP grant of USD 100,000 can be used for logistics, relief supplies acquisition and coordination.

WHO/PAHO: a team of six experts has been mobilized to support to epidemiological surveillance, water and sanitation, and the re-establishment of the networks for health services and zoonosis. The agency will be delivering water treatment supplies.

UNICEF: a technical team has been mobilized in order to support the psychosocial rehabilitation process through the implementation of the program "Retorno a la alegría" in cooperation with World Vision. UNICEF will provide family kits and oral rehydration salts.

WFP: an assessment of the Jimaní stocks has been achieved and its results will provide a basis to deal with food stocks and distribution. In addition the agency is contemplating the possibility of a food assistance program for 15,000 beneficiaries, over the next three months.

UNFPA: will contribute to the rehabilitation of the regional hospital and the health centres in Jimaní.

Appeal by International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

9. On 28 May, IFRC issued an Emergency Appeal seeking CHF 912,248 (USD 717,176) to assist 2,000 families for 3 months in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. On 1 June, IFRC revised its appeal for Haiti and the Dominican Republic increasing the budget to CHF 2,431,797 (approximately USD 1,910,000) and extending its operations by 3 months until the end of November. The number of beneficiaries was also revised bringing it to 5,000 families (3,000 families in the Dominican Republic and 2,000 in Haiti). Provision of relief items will include:

- Shelter and constructions;

- Clothing;

- Food;

- Water and sanitation;

- Medical and first aid;

- Utensils and tools;

- Other relief supplies.

Recommendations

10. The large amount of relief supplies channelled to Jimaní has not always corresponded to the actual needs of the affected population. It is recommended that the delivery of relief supplies should be based on more accurate population data and on an assessment of actual relief needs.

11. For the rehabilitation and reconstruction phases, a common strategic plan should be drawn up by the different national and international actors, taking into account that the most urgent need will be housing.

12. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, on relief missions/pledges/contributions and their corresponding values by item. Donors are encouraged to notify OCHA Geneva of their electronically at the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int.

13. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int.

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