Dominican Rep.

Dominican Republic: Tropical Storm Olga OCHA Situation Report No. 3

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This situation report is based on information received from the United Nations Resident Coordinators in country and OCHA Regional Office in Panama.

HIGHLIGHTS

- Some 62,000 people displaced. Some 14, 000 continue in shelters

- President of the Republic allocates 1.5 billion Pesos to address emergency and reconstruction needs.

- Flash Appeal launched in the aftermath of Tropical Storm "Noel" being revised to address additional needs following tropical "Olga"

SITUATION

National Emergency Commission (CNE in Spanish) Report #10

People killed
33.
People unaccounted for
0.
Displaced people
Tempor. shelters
13,908
With relatives and friends
47,697
TOTAL
61,605
Affected houses
Slightly affected
10,052
Severely affected
1,899
Destroyed
70
TOTAL
12,321
Activated shelters
42.
Isolated communities
190.

1. The Emergency Operations Centre (COE) is maintaining a red alert for Santiago, Duarte (especially Bajo Yuna), Montecristi, Valverde-Mao, María Trinidad Sánchez, Samaná, La Vega, Sánchez Ramírez, and a red alert for the provinces of Santo Domingo, El Distrito Nacional, San Cristóbal, Monte Plata, Santiago Rodríguez, La Altagracia, Dajabón, San Pedro de Macorís,

Espaillat, Azua and San Juan de la Maguana. 2. Alerts have been discontinued for Monseñor Nouel, Puerto Plata, Hermanas Mirabal (Salcedo), El Seibo La Romana, Hato Mayor (particulary for Sabana de la Mar), Peravia, San José de Ocoa, Pedernales, Independencia and Barahona.

IMPACT

Health, water and sanitation

2. WHO/PAHO has informed that the drinking water deficit in Santiago continues with the population using, in some areas, non-treated water from the Yaque's River. Waste management problems have also been reported in some temporary shelters.

Food security and nutrition

3. In the municipality of Villa González (Santiago) a big number of chicken and pork farms have been severely affected as well as many bananas plantations. There is also an increase of prices in the main markets of the Distrito Nacional, particularly of agricultural products, and chicken and pork meat.

Shelters

4. Planning is ongoing to re-locate approximately, 9,000 vulnerable families, which are in a critical situation vis-à-vis natural phenomena.

Recent damage assessments in Santiago show that 2,500 houses were been affected, of which 600 beyond repair. In Nagua, some six thousand people have been evacuated and are now in 15 temporary shelters, due the overflowing of the Yuna River.

Infrastructure

5. In Santiago, water and power supply are being re-established. The Santiago Aqueducts Corporation, (Coraasan) is still facing a deficit of 35 million gallons of water due to damages to water treatment plants. It will take approximately six weeks to reestablish full service supply.

6. The National Water and Drainage Institute, (INAPA in Spanish) informs that 23 aqueducts continue off service. In Mao, drinking water is still scarce. The National Hydraulic Resources Institute (INDRHI in Spanish) revealed that 11 irrigation canals, 23 hydraulic systems and contention walls are still non-operational. In the province of Montecristi, most of the electrical system has collapsed.

Priority needs

7. Health, water and sanitation

Drinking water; family and community water storage;. Water treatment plants; Diapers for babies and adults; Portable latrines; trash cans of different sizes; Medicines and vaccines.

8. Food Security

Food for children (3 year old or less) ); Food for adults in shelters.

9. Shelters

Kitchen utensils; Furniture. Mattresses. Mosquito nets;. Sheets; Cleaning equipment for shelters and affected houses; Psycho-social support.

NATIONAL RESPONSE

10. The President of the Republic has announced 1.5 billion pesos (approximately US$ 45 million) to address the damage caused by the overflowing of the Yaque River y established a commission, which should present a set of recommendations regarding assistance measures to be undertaken.

11. The President has also announced the construction of 150 prefabricated houses for those affected by Tropical Storms "Noel" and "Olga" in the Arenoso region. Other prefabricated houses will be built in Villa Riva, with the works schedule to start in January with duration of three months. According to a preliminary plan elaborated by the Government in the aftermath of Topical storm "Noel", the construction of 588 houses is ongoing: 438 in San Cristóbal, and 150 in Villa Altagracia. Other 1,400 houses are also planned for the areas of La Vega, Bonao, Cotuí, and Manoguayabo.

12. The local authorities in Santiago have informed that the total damage caused by tropical storm "Olga" amounts at some 1.5 billion Pesos (approximately US$ 45 million).

13. The Presidency Social Plan has informed that some 34 million Pesos (US$ 1.1. million) have been allocated to the Province of Duarte to address the damage caused by Tropical Storms "Noel" and "Olga".

14. The State Department for Public Health and Social Support (SESPAS) will continue for some weeks with the epidemiologic surveillance system to avoid diseases caused by the flooding. Medical teams also continue with fumigation activities in the affected areas and the distribution of medical supplies. Until now, they have distributed 23 mil tablets against leptospirosis.

Contact Details

For detailed information please contact:

Desk Officer (New York)
Ms. Heidi Kuttab
Office Tel: +1 917 367-3365
Office Fax: +1 212 963-36 30
E-mail: kuttab@un.org

GCMS (Geneva)
Ms. Aoibheann O'Keeffe
Office Tel: +41 22 917 4329
E-mail: okeeffe@un.org

OCHA Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean
Mr. Douglas Reimer
Regional Disaster Response Adviser
Office Tel. +507 317-1748
Office Fax +507 317-1744
Mobile: +507 6676-1689
E-mail: reimer@un.org

Press Contact: (New York)
Ms. Stephanie Bunker
Office Tel : + 1 917-367-5126
Office Fax: + 1 212-963-1312
Email: bunker@un.org

(Geneva)
Ms. Elizabeth Byrs
Office Tel + 41 22 917 26 53
Office Fax + 41 22 917 00 20
E-mail: byrs@un.org

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