Haiti northern coast avoided a direct hit from Hurricane Irma.
The DPC reports that 10,085 people took shelter in Emergency Evacuation Centers. (figures from 8 September 2017)
Ongoing flooding continues in 16 communes throughout the North-East,
North-West, North, Artibonite and Center departments.
Hurricane Irma, Category 5 on the hurricane Saffir-Simpson wind scale, made landfall off of Haiti’s northern coastline on Thursday 7 September. The eye of the storm passed north of Haiti, yet heavy rains, winds and flooding have cause significant damages in the North-East, North-West, North, Artibonite and Center departments. The Directorate for Civil Protection (DPC) with support from national and international partners is conducting the preliminary evaluations in the affected areas.
IOM staff continues to support to the National Emergency Operations Center (COUN) as well as the Departmental Centers for Emergency Operation (COUD) in the management, evaluation and closure of Emergency Evacuation Centers;
IOM’s multi-sectorial teams (Protection/ CCCM/ DMU/ Logistics) deployed to Gonaive, Gros Morne, CapHaitian and Port de Paix as well as the sub-offices in Jeremie (Grand Anse department), Les Cayes (Sud department) and Ouanaminthe (North East), supported the DPC conduct preliminary evaluations;
On Sunday 10 September, IOM in collaboration with the COUD, DPC, WFP, the Déléguée Départementale and the Mayor of Ouanaminthe conducted two (2) NFI distributions for 292 families (1,550 individuals).
The NFIs were provided by OFDA. Following the distributions the Emergency Evacuations Centers were closed;
On Thursday 7 September in Ouanaminthe, The IOM Protection team in collaboration with CAPAC and IBESR evacuated 72 children from an orphanage at risk of flooding;
IOM’s protection team continues to carry out sensitization activities, provide advice to the affected population through the 840 hotline and refer vulnerable pregnant women to IBESR;
A final distribution is scheduled to take place in the last opened Emergency Evacuation Center in the North East Department on Monday 11 September in Malfety, Fort Liberté. A total of for 105 households will be assisted with NFIs;
Meetings with the DPC, the Shelter/NFI and Protection Working Group continue to ensure a coordinated response to the most affected population.
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