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Dominican Republic / Haiti: Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 3

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2004/0077
OCHA Situation Report No. 3
Floods - Haiti/Dominican Republic
27 May 2004
This report is based on information provided by the UN Country Teams in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Situation in Haiti

1. The Civil Protection Department reported that the total number of dead/missing people has risen to 638.

2. According to more precise information, the areas most severely affected are the South-East Department (Mapou/Belle Anse, Galet-Maro/Grand Gosier, Bodary, Thiotte) and the West Department (Fonds Verrettes), close to the border with the Dominican Republic.

3. Additional assessments need to be carried out in the South-East Department, especially in the areas of Mapou, Bodary and Galet-Maro where death tolls could be higher than reported so far.

Situation in the Dominican Republic

4. Latest data on the impact is as follows (Source: Comision Nacional de Emergencias):

- Death toll - 205

- Injured - 120

- Missing - 375

- Houses destroyed/damaged - 830

- Overall number of people evacuated in the country - 29,200

- Rescued: 2,500

- People in temporary shelter: 2,500

5. In Jimani, drinking water is being distributed from water tanks. Electricity has been partially restored. Telephone network has been 40% restored. Further progress has been made in restoring access by road.

In-country and International Response in Haiti

6. The areas affected by the floods can be reached only by air transport. The Multinational Interim Force (MIF) has tasked its helicopters to support humanitarian action.

7. On Thursday 27 May, four MIF helicopters are transporting 12 MTs of food including oil, rice, beans and biscuits (provided by WFP), 800 kg of plastic sheeting and water purification tablets (provided by UNICEF), as well as WFP and Ministry of Health personnel to Fonds Verrettes.

8. Today, an assessment team comprised of UNDP, WHO, ICRC, ECHO, OXFAM and MSF is flying on a MIF helicopter to Mapou to carry out an assessment of medical, water and sanitation needs. In addition, it will transport 1.5 MTs of water and purification equipment (provided by WHO).

9. OCHA has provided a total Emergency Cash Grant of US$ 80,000 (from OCHA and Norwegian funds) and is preparing to dispatch an UNDAC mission.

In-country and International Response in the Dominican Republic

10. The following assessment missions are ongoing in Jimani:

- UNDP/WFP rapid assessment of relief needs;

- WHO/PAHO is evaluating together with the Ministry of Health damage and needs in the health sector;

- FAO/UNFPA/UNICEF are also carrying out assessment missions in the affected area.

11. Today, the UNRC is holding a meeting with donor representatives with a view to matching donations with needs identified.

12. OCHA has provided an Emergency Cash Grant of US$ 80,000 (from OCHA and Norwegian funds) and is dispatching an UNDAC team tonight.

13. IFRC is planning to launch an appeal to assist the National Societies in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. On the operational side, the Pan-American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU) has dispatched a number of staff to assist the two National Societies.

14. OCHA is in close contact with the Offices of the UN Resident Coordinators in Haiti and the Dominican Republic and will revert with further information, as it becomes available.

15. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

MAP - Dominican Republic / Haiti: Floods - Situation map #2

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Press contact:
(GVA) Ms. Elizabeth Byrs, direct Tel. +41-22-917 26 53
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