Haiti – Floods (ECHO Daily Flash of 8 April 2015)

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  • As a result of the heavy rainfall over the Easter week-end, a total of 8 862 families have been affected: 8 413 families in the West department (of whom 89% in Cité Soleil and 8% in Tabarre) and 449 families in Grande Anse. Six people died in flooding in Port-au-Prince, including five children. A total of 8 770 houses have been flooded (85% in Cité Soleil) and 62 destroyed (46 in Delmas and 16 in Grande Anse). 245 families evacuated spontaneously (mainly in Delmas and Tabarre).

  • The main reasons for the damage caused are the lack of cleaning of drainage canals and unplanned construction in the ravines. Distribution of food and non-food items for the affected families and cleaning of the drainage system and ravines are the most urgent actions to be undertaken.

  • The Civil Protection Department (DPC) is mobilizing existing contingency stocks of partners (mainly NGOs and UN) and coordinating the response with the help of OCHA. No official request for additional assistance has been made so far by the Haitian government.