Haiti Earthquake - WASH Cluster Situation Report Number 1

Situation Report
Originally published



As you may have read in the note from John Holmes, ERC, circulated earlier today, UNDP has offered to support WASH Coordination until UNICEF can increase its capacity. They can be contacted at the logbase of MINUSTAH close to the airport; unfortunately we don't have a name yet? Possibly Ovidio?

A "WASH coordination meeting" took place yesterday (13/1) in PaP, including Country Directors & WASH reps of ACF, Oxfam, CARE, Concern, DINEPA & UNICEF (Rony). They are trying to reach UN agencies, & call for all NGOs for this first coordination body everyday at 10am (Haiti time).

The first concern raised in this meeting is SANITATION & body disposal. Technical options for sanitation are going to be a big challenge considering the topography & urban setting, bags & collecting sites & karchers were first ideas thrown in the meeting.

The WASH cluster meeting is set everyday at 15.00 at the DINEPA Direction Nationale de l'Eau Potable et Assainissement) office in PaP (Info from ACF).

WASH Rapid Response Team (RRT)

The WASH RRT (a standby arrangement UNICEF has established with ACF, Care International and Oxfam GB) is deploying two staff from partner agencies to support the UNICEF office.

Souleymane Sow is expected to arrive on 14/1 and Tim Forster on 16/1, both in Dominica Republic.

Souleymane (mob +33 611 85 48 76) and Tim Forster (+44 7833 0450 847). Exact roles etc to be determined after further assessment. UNICEF office support currently out of Santo Domingo due to damage to office, which of course may change.

We received some information from a few agencies operational on the ground and some deploying staff/equipment (various sources)