Haiti: Floods DREF Bulletin No. MDRHT003 Final Report


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In Brief

Period covered by this Final Report: 12 April to 12 August 2007.

History of this Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF)-funded operation:

- CHF 200,000 (USD 164,474 or EUR 123,457) was allocated from the Federation's DREF on 12 April 2007, to respond to the needs of this operation, or to replenish disaster preparedness stocks distributed to the affected population.

- This operation was completed by 12 August 2007.

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".

Global Agenda Goals:

- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

- Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

- Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

- Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promote respect for diversity and human dignity.

Background and Summary

Since mid March 2007, the regions of Nord-Est, Ouest, Grande-Anse, Nord-Ouest and Nord in Haiti were battered with prolonged heavy rainfall and isolated storms. Road access was limited since floods damaged most in several departments; there was only access by boat. Roads were promptly rehabilitated in the affected areas by the Ministry of Transportation making transportation accessible after a few weeks. Consequently, communication and reporting of the emergency was more easily obtained and more accurate information and data could be obtained.

There were 12 casualties, two people missing, 14 wounded, and more than 3,000 families affected by the severe floods. There were about 270 houses destroyed and other 1,215 houses severely damaged. There were at least 261 families (1,305 people) displaced to temporary shelters.

The Haitian government allocated an emergency fund with approximately CHF 64,962 (USD 54,000) to assist the operation with items such as mattresses and clothes for children. The UN mission office in Haiti (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti - MINUSTAH) took part in the evacuation activities and also provided drinking water to the Nord province. Other UN agencies (WFP, UNDP, etc) as well as international NGO present in the country provided support in the initial relief phase of the emergency.

Red Cross action

Since the beginning of the emergency, the Haitian National Red Cross Society (HNRCS) activated their Emergency Operation Centre and mobilized emergency response teams (four National Intervention Teams -NITs- and three Equipes D'Intervention Communales - EIC) as well as more than 100 volunteers to the affected areas.

After performing initial needs and damage assessments, the HNRCS distributed non food items such as, blankets, mosquito nets, kitchen kits, jerry cans and buckets for 50 families in Abricots and Bonbon in the province of Grande Anse.

The HNRCS received support from the International Federation in order to carry out the emergency operation according to the Plan of Action. The Pan American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU) provided technical and logistic support to the HNRCS and the Federation Country Delegation.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Haiti: Dr. Michaele Amedée 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 Panama, Stephen McAndrew, Head of PADRU, e-mail Ruben.Romero@ifrc.org; phone (507) 316 1001; Fax (507) 316 1082

In Panama, Jose Garcia-Lozano, Head of Zone, Americas, email: jose.garcia-lozano@ifrc.org, phone (507) 317 1300; fax (507)317 1304

In Panama, Xavier Castellanos, Deputy Head of Zone, Americas, email: xavier.castellanos@ifrc.org, phone: (507) 317 1300; fax (507)317 1304

In Panama: Maria Alcázar, Zone Relationship Management Coordinator, Americas; e-mail: maria.alcazar@ifrc.org; phone (507) 317 1300; fax (507) 317 1304

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

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

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