BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
Note: The last fact sheet was dated September 29, 2008.
On October 3, the Washington, D.C.-based Response Management Team (RMT) stood down. USAID/OFDA activated the RMT on September 11 to support the Haiti-based USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART). At present, the USAID/DART remains in Haiti, conducting assessments, coordinating with other members of the humanitarian community, and determining whether additional assistance is required.
On September 30, USAID/OFDA Director Ky Luu traveled to Haiti to meet with the U.S. Ambassador, USAID/Haiti mission director, USAID/DART, U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) officials, and implementing partners. On October 1, the USAID/OFDA director participated in an overflight of Gonaïves and surrounding areas, Artibonite Department, with USAID/DART staff. Also on October 1, a USAID/OFDA health and nutrition advisor arrived in Haiti to provide support to USAID/DART.
On September 29, logistics partners reported improvements on the road to Gonaïves, Artibonite Department. At present, due to the improve condition of the road to Gonaïves, humanitarian convoys do not require assistance from U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti engineers to pull vehicles through the formerly muddy sections of road.
U.N. engineers have repaired the bridge at Montrouis, on the border of West and Artibonite departments, and normal commercial transport can cross the span. According to logistics partners, the road from Port au Prince through Hinche to Cap Haitien in North Department is passable with some difficulty, as well as the route from Gonaïves through Anse Rouge and Jean Rabel to Port de Paix in North West Department.
To date, the total value of U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian assistance in response to recent storms is more than $30.2 million.
NUMBERSAT A GLANCE
|Total Affected Population||
|OCHA(1) - September 26, 2008|
|OCHA - September 15,2008|
|GOH(2) - September 11,2008|
|GOH - September 10,2008|
|IDPs in Shelters||
|OCHA- September 15,2008|
10,842 houses destroyed,
35,125 houses damaged
|GOH - September 11, 2008|
FY 2008 HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO DATE FOR HAITI HURRICANES IN 2008
USAID/OFDA Assistance(4) - $10,000,000
USAID/FFP(5) Assistance(6) - $14,000,000
USAID/Haiti Assistance - $5,000,000
DOD Assistance - $1,262,394
DHS7 Assistance - Amount Forthcoming
Total USG Humanitarian Assistance to Haiti for Hurricanes in 2008 - $30,262,394
On October 1, the USAID/OFDA director, members of the USAID/DART, and USAID/Haiti staff visited Gonaïves, Artibonite Department. The team met with the U.N. Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team members, lead agencies for the humanitarian clusters, and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners to discuss the current situation, ongoing concerns, future planning, and coordination mechanisms in Gonaïves.
Following the meeting, the USAID team observed the impact of the flooding and ongoing clean-up activities in Gonaïves. The team also traveled to Gonaïves' main hospital, which was devastated by high flood waters and continues to be under several feet of mud. USAID's implementing partner CHF International is conducting a clean-up program to remove mud from the hospital.
On October 1, USAID/OFDA partners reported approximately 40 centimeters of mud in structures and approximately 2.5 million cubic meters of mud throughout Gonaïves, Artibonite Department. GOH trucks are temporarily operating in Gonaïves to remove mud. According to the U.N. Development Program (UNDP), relief agencies estimate that removing mud from Gonaïves will take one year, with 200 trucks working six rotations each day, six days per week.
Due to the destruction of all productive infrastructure in Gonaïves and surrounding areas, implementing partners have expressed concerns about the possibility of increasing rates of malnutrition.