Heavy rainfall in mid-October in Nippes and South departments raised concerns within the Government of Haiti (GoH) Department of Civil Protection (DPC) that resulting flooding could exacerbate the spread of cholera in affected areas. In response, with funding from USAID’s Office of U.S Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) distributed commodities, including hygiene kits, from its local warehouses to affected populations.
As of October 26, the GoH Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) reported that the cholera outbreak in Haiti had resulted in more than 485,000 reported cholera cases, nearly 260,000 hospitalizations, and more than 6,700 deaths.
On October 20, IOM released an updated Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), which analyzed data collected from internally displaced persons (IDPs) between August 15 and September 30, 2011, in Haiti. IOM estimates that nearly 136,000 households, or nearly 550,600 individuals, remain in 802 identified IDP camps in earthquake-affected areas. The figure represents a 7 percent decrease in the overall displaced population since July 2011, and a 64 percent decrease since the height of the displacement in July 2010.