Haiti: Floods Appeal No. MDRHT002, Operations Update no. 01


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In Brief


Period covered: 5 December to 18 December 2006;

Appeal coverage: 10.66%;

Outstanding needs: CHF 374,050 (USD 307,346 or EUR 233,436)

Appeal history:

- Launched on 1 December 2006 for CHF 624,500 (USD 522,799 or EUR 392,6333) for 4 months to assist 17,500 beneficiaries (3,500 beneficiary families)

- Final Report is due on 4 July 2007

- CHF 80,000 (USD 64,000 or EUR 50,315) was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 30 November 2006 to respond to the needs in this operation

Operational Summary: Between 23 and 28 November 2006 Haiti endured extreme weather that affected several areas of the country and caused serious flooding in Grande-Anse, Nippes and the North-West region.

As a result, more than 4,000 families (approximately 20,000 persons) were affected and over 325 families (1,625 persons) were displaced.

Based on initial assessments done by the relief directors of the Haitian National Red Cross Society, and in coordination with the Federation's Disaster Management delegate, a Plan of Action was designed to respond to the needs identified at that time, and CHF 80,000 were immediately allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) under the framework of an International Emergency Appeal in order to start the operation.

Since then, more accurate figures have replaced the initial statistics and Red Cross actions have been further coordinated with other humanitarian actors and government entities, which has led to a revision of the Plan of Action and the budget amount.

This operation update details the objectives under Emergency Relief and Water and Sanitation which seek to reach a total of 2,369 families - instead of the initial 3,500 - with non-food items, hygiene and Water and Sanitation awareness raising activities. 309 of these families have already received non-food items. Under this revised plan, two hospitals - one in Jérémie and one in Port-de-Paix, will benefit from non-food items and disinfectant with an aim to help them replenish lost items and restore proper hygiene.

Selection of beneficiary families was based upon the level of damages suffered, paying particular attention to the elderly, single mothers, children, and persons with disabilities, extent of loss, and/or the degree of difficulty for them to cope with and recover from the situation.

All actions carried out by the Haitian National Red Cross Society with the support of the International Federation are coordinated with the United Nation's Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) - coordinator of international humanitarian response - and with the Ministry of the Interior - coordinator of governmental response.

This operation seeks to reach vulnerable people affected by this disaster that has not received much media coverage.

The International Federation undertakes activities that are aligned with its Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Haiti: Dr. Michaele Amedé Gédéon, President, Haitian National Red Cross Society e-mail: drgedeonm@yahoo.com phone (509) 222 55 54; Dr. Jean-Pierre Guiteau, Executive Officer, Haitian National Red Cross Society, email. guiteau2001@yahoo.com

In Haiti, Jean-Pierre Givel, Head of Delegation, e-mail JP.Givel@ifrc.org; phone (509) 510 26 28; Fax (509) 221 8633

In Panama, Dario Alvarez, Disaster Management Delegate, e-mail Dario.Alvarez@ifrc.org; phone (507) 316 1001; Fax (507) 316 1082

In Geneva, Luis Luna, Regional Officer, Americas Department, e-mail luis.luna@ifrc.org; phone (41 22) 730 42 74; Fax (41 22) 733 03 95

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