Caribbean: Hurricane Dennis OCHA Situation Report No. 6

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2005/0103

OCHA Situation Report No. 6
Hurricane Dennis - Haiti
12 July 2005

This report is based mainly on information provided by the Humanitarian and Development Coordination Section of MINUSTAH in Port au Prince.


1. Hurricane Dennis, classified as a category IV event arrived in Haiti on Thursday 7 July causing flooding and heavy rains.

2. A rapid evaluation unit consisting of DPC (Directorate for Civil Protection), UNICEF, WFP, ACF (Action Contre La Faim), UNDP and MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilization Mission) flew over the affected areas on 8 July in order to evaluate the situation. They found that, apart from the destruction of the bridge of Grand Goave, only limited damages could be observed.

3. According to official figures, at least 11 people have died, 20 are injured and 3 are still missing. 15 000 people are affected in some way.

4. The following assessments have been made:

Southern Department (Departement du Sud)

- Coastal zones slightly flooded

- No major damages on infrastructure

Western Department (Departement de l'Ouest)

- The bridge of Grand Goave is completely destroyed and repair is urgent. The Ministry of the Public Works, Transport and Communications (MTPTC) sent a team and equipment in order to find a solution. It has put in place an alternative route that will allow vehicles to pass albeit with some difficulties for trucks. A meeting will be held on 12 July between MTPTC, MINUSTAH, a company of Brazilian engineers, the European Union, the Banque Interaméricaine de Développement (BID) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to find a longer-term solution.

- In Petit Goave more than 250 houses are inundated and 25 completely destroyed.

Nippes Department (Departement de Nippes)

- Coastal zones slightly flooded

- No major damages on infrastructure

South East Department (Departement de Sud Est)

- Agricultural sector severely affected

- 47 houses are destroyed or damaged

Grande Anse Department (Departement de Grande Anse)

- Coastal zones slightly flooded

- No major damages on infrastructure


5. The Government has released funds to the amount of 5 million Gourdes (approximately 123,000 USD) in order to respond to the situation and with the existing mechanisms already in place. This assistance combined with support from the local international community should be sufficient to cover the immediate humanitarian needs of the population.


6. As mentioned in the beginning of this report, several UN agencies as well as MINUSTAH have participated in the Rapid Evaluation Unit and are continuously monitoring the situation. WHO has prepared 6 kits for 10,000 families for the hurricane season.

7. OCHA remains in close contact with the UN Resident Coordinator's Offices and other partners in Haiti.

8. For tracking and further information, please refer to the Website of the National Hurricane Service in Miami at www.nhc.noaa.gov, and www.solar.ifa.hawaii.edu/Tropical/Gif/atl.latest.gif.

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

MAP: Tropical storm Dennis warning map

Telephone: +41-22-917 12 34
Fax: +41-22-917 00 23
E-mail: ochagva@un.org

In case of emergency only: Tel. +41-22-917 20 10

Desk Officers:

Mr. Dusan Zupka, Ms.Charlotta Benedek
E-mail: zupka@un.org, benedek@un.org,
direct Tel. +41-22-917 16 45, 917 1205

Press contact:

(in GVA) Ms. Elizabeth Byrs, direct Tel. +41-22-917 26 53
(in N.Y.) Ms. Stephanie Bunker, direct Tel. +1-917-367 51 26


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