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Haiti: Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 7

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2004/86
OCHA Situation Report No. 7
Floods - Haiti
1 June 2004

This report is based on information provided by the UN Country Team in Haiti.

Situation:

1. The situation in Mapou and surrounding areas continues to be a priority. The water level has not subsided significantly and the "lake" around Mapou still contains many human bodies and dead animals.

2. The delivery of food, water, non-food items and medical supplies to Mapou has continued. In general the distributions went smoothly with large crowds at distribution points being well organized by Haitian organizations such as the CPO (Civil Protection Office) and others. Efforts are being made through the CPO to take a team with equipment from the Ministry of Health to the area specifically to deal with the dead bodies. Currently only ICRC is carrying out burials.

3. After the disturbances reported on 29 May in Fonds Verrettes, during which some medical supplies were stolen, the situation has returned to normal. Some reports suggest that the disturbances may have been caused by people coming to Fonds Verrettes from unaffected areas, attracted by the aid deliveries.

4. The UNDAC team member deployed to Fonds Verrettes, has reported that the situation is stabilising; there are some 690 families still needing assistance. It has been calculated that one more day of deliveries and distribution would return the town to more or less its pre-crisis levels, though there remains an urgent need for permanent solutions to the problem of shelter.

5. A UNDP vehicle carrying a CPO engineer and four Cuban doctors managed to arrive to Fonds Verrettes by land though the last five kilometers had to be on the dry river bed.

Latest estimates of impact:

Population affected: approximately 5,200 families

Dead: 1,068

Missing: 1,606

Wounded: 153

Houses destroyed: 1,698

Houses damaged (but still habitable): 1,687

Transport of Humanitarian Assistance

6. The MIF (Multinational Interim Force) has decided to stop all military flights for humanitarian purposes to the affected areas. This is not anymore a priority for the military forces. This support has been highly appreciated by all humanitarian partners, but the sudden withdrawal put the humanitarian agencies in a difficult logistical situation, particularly for Mapou where access is still impossible.

7. The only remaining option is to transport relief items and personnel by private means (renting helicopters). WFP is checking options for the transport of relief items (which could cost up to US$ 500,000 a month). UNDAC is coordinating this with agencies and other partners for cost sharing purposes.

Revisions of Emergency Requirements

WFP

8. WFP has estimated that 5,000 affected families (25,000 individuals) will need 900 MTs of food assistance (equivalent to approximately US$ 731,700) during 3 months to enable them re-establish their usual coping mechanisms.

9. Currently WFP has planned to distribute a total of 300 MTs of food (US$ 243,900), which is a one-month food requirement.

10. WFP is working with other partners to mobilize additional 600 MTs which is equivalent to about US$ 487,800 to cover the remaining two months.

UNICEF

11. Based on preliminary numbers of people affected, UNICEF estimates that the floods in Haiti have affected more than 9,200 children, including 1,720 children under 5. UNICEF's immediate action is focused on providing emergency supplies to the most vulnerable families in the flood-ravaged areas in Fonds Verrettes and the Southeast Department, including plastic sheeting to build shelters, hygiene kits as well as cooking materials.

12. UNICEF launched an appeal for US$ 550,000 on 25 May 2004 to respond to the most urgent and immediate needs of children and families in Fonds Verrettes. A revised version of the appeal is being prepared to include the flood-ravaged areas in the Southeast Department.

IFRC

13. On 28 May, IFRC issued an Emergency Appeal seeking CHF 912,248 (US$ 717,176) to assist 2,000 families for 3 months in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

14. On 1 June, IFRC revised its appeal for Haiti and the Dominican Republic increasing the budget to CHF 2,431,797 (approximately US$ 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.

Contributions Reported Since the Latest Sitrep

15. The Haitian Ministry of Social Affairs has distributed 500 envelopes containing 100 gourdes for children and 250 gourdes for adults (approximately US$3 and 7 respectively).

16. The French Red Cross in collaboration with Medecins du Monde has established a small clinic in Mapou to meet the immediate needs of the affected population.

17. CARITAS has provided 200 kg of non-food items (kitchen utensils, hygiene kits) to Bodarie and Ka Didier, as well as to Anse a Boeuf.

18. ADRA will provide temporary shelters, kitchen utensils and food.

19. The Sweet Mickey Foundation, set up by the Haitian singer, has provided 4,000 pounds (approximately 1,800 kg) of clothing, and other non-food items including cooking utensils.

20. The Lutheran World Federation will distribute food on 1 June in Thiotte to around 180 families. They estimate that there are approximately 400 families in need of assistance in the communes of Thiotte and Grand Gosier. Their needs include cooking utensils, food and water. To date, 8 vehicles have managed to get by land to Thiotte. Roads are being repaired but more tools are required.

21. Agro Action Allemande (AAA) has made available EUR 100,000 (not EUR 5,000 reported in the Sitrep No. 5) for the agricultural sector.

22. The Government of Belgium has provided EUR 150,000 for emergency assistance to Haiti and the Dominican Republic which will be channeled through IFRC.

23. OCHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions to be used for immediate relief assistance, in coordination with relevant organizations in the United Nations system. For banking details please contact the desk officers indicated below. OCHA provides donor governments with written confirmation and pertinent details concerning the utilization of the funds contributed.

24. OCHA is in close contact with the Offices of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti and will revert with further information, as it becomes available.

25. 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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