The Federation's vision is to strive, through voluntary action, for a world of empowered communities, better able to address human suffering and crises with hope, respect for dignity and a concern for equity. Its mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.
THIS EMERGENCY APPEAL SEEKS CHF 624,500 (USD 522,799 OR EUR 392,6333) IN CASH, KIND, OR SERVICES TO ASSIST 17,500 BENEFICIARIES (3,500 BENEFICIARY FAMILIES) FOR 4 MONTHS
CHF 80,000 HAS BEEN ALLOCATED FROM THE FEDERATION'S DISASTER RELIEF EMERGENCY FUND (DREF)
The projects and activities described below are aligned with the Federation's 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". These are:
- 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.
Since 23 November 2006 Haiti has experienced extreme weather in the regions of Grande-Anse and Nippes as well as in the Southern, Western and North-Western regions of the country. The unusually heavy rainfall between 23 and 28 November 2006 has caused serious flooding in Grande-Anse and in the North-West region. According to initial assessments of the Haitian National Red Cross Society (HNRCS) 7 people have died, several people have been injured and close to 3,740 (some 18,700 persons) families have been directly affected by flooding resulting from these rains. At least 335 families have been evacuated to temporary shelters in Jérémie, Bonbon, Abricots and Chansolme.
The Mole Saint-Nicolas zone has also been affected to a lesser degree.
Telecommunications and air and sea transportation were also affected: flights were cancelled on 21 November, resuming two days later, while marine cargo traffic was suspended until the morning of 24 November. Landline connections and satellite Internet were not available for some time, however communication has been re-established.
The police station in Jérémie and the cemetery in Bonbon were flooded.
In line with the damage assessment table above, humanitarian actions in this emergency will focus on housing, infrastructure, schools, agriculture and water and sanitation.
While the meteorological phenomenon causing the rains has stabilized, water levels in the rivers have begun to return to normal and people in shelters have started to return to their homes, the damages in Haiti are considerable. Furthermore, the worst affected regions - Grande Anse, North-West and Nippes - had already been subjected to floods caused by Tropical Storm Ernesto in September of this year.
For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:
In Haiti: Dr. Michaele AmedÎe GÎdÎon, President, Haitian National Red Cross Society e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org phone (509) 222 55 54; Dr. Jean-Pierre Guiteau, Executive Officer, Haitian National Red Cross Society, email. email@example.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, DarÔo Alvarez, Disaster Management Delegate, e-mail DarÔo.Alvarez@ifrc.org; phone (507) 316 1001; Fax (507) 316 1082
In Geneva, Luis Luna, Regional Officer, Americas Department, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.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 (NGOs) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.
For longer-term programmes in this or other countries or regions, please refer to the Federation's Annual Appeal. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for national society profiles, please also access the Federationìs website at http://www.ifrc.org
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