BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
- On September 26, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that road travel remains disrupted due to collapsed bridges, damaged dykes, flooded roads, and landslides. The U.N. Development Program is leading the interagency effort to strengthen Haiti's dyke system. Several non-governmental organizations are willing to implement cash-for-work programs to assist with infrastructure repair.
- OCHA reported that as of September 26, the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) Humanitarian Air Services had one operational helicopter and expected the second to be ready in the coming days. A third helicopter is scheduled to be operational by October 10.
- To date, the total value of U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian assistance in response to recent storms is more than $30 million.
NUMBERSAT A GLANCE
|Total Affected Population||
|OCHA - September 26, 2008|
|OCHA - September 15,2008|
|GOH(1) - 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(3): $10,000,000
USAID/FFP(4) Assistance(5): $14,000,000
USAID/Haiti Assistance: $5,000,000
DOD(6) Assistance: $1,262,394
DHS(7) Assistance: Amount Forthcoming
Total USG Humanitarian Assistance to Haiti for Hurricanes in 2008: $30,262,394
- According to a USAID implementing partner, local staff conducted an assessment of Petite Riviere de l'Artibonite, Artibonite Department, and determined ongoing needs for food assistance. As of September 27, approximately 1,194 IDPs remained in seven shelters. Prior to September 24, when local staff began preparing basic hot food for the IDPs, people residing in shelters either were not eating or were scavenging for bananas, bread, or crackers.
- According to local staff, those people whose homes remained intact have returned, while the population remaining in the shelters lacks cash to purchase staple food items.
- According to WFP, as of September 28, the city of Les Cayes in South Department was experiencing fuel shortages. The USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART) and U.N. staff continue to monitor the situation. On September 27, the USAID/DART received similar reports regarding shortages in Cap Haitien in North Department. U.N. staff are working to confirm the information.
- On September 28, WFP reported ongoing problems with the Miragoane bridge, which was submerged under Miragoane Lake. Because the lake's drainage system remained blocked and the lake continued to rise, humanitarian partners anticipated that the bridge would remain submerged for several additional days. The GOH Ministry of Public Works, Transportation, and Communications is working on a temporary bypass for the bridge. A completion date is unavailable.
- At present, USAID/FFP has 7,000 metric tons (MT) of food aid in Port au Prince and 10,000 MT of food aid in regional warehouses. In addition, 5,000 MT of emergency food are scheduled to arrive in Haiti between September 28 and 29. On September 29, partners of USAID/FFP expect to have 22,000 MT of food in country. The total amount of food in country as of September 29 will benefit more than 700,000 people over the following nine months.
- WFP continues to work through implementing partners Caritas and CARE to provide a rolling food distribution in Gonaïves. The most recent distribution began on September 23, will provide sufficient food for 240,000 people, and continues to move throughout Gonaïves, section by section. Humanitarian staff report that the food aid has diffused tensions.
- USAID/FFP has provided support to WFP. The USAID/DART continues to monitor the ongoing distributions and situation.
- According to OCHA, the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) has noted that the health status of flood-affected populations remains immeasurable due to the lack of baseline data, hindering a comparative analysis. WHO has reported sporadic cases of fever due to malaria and dengue as well as diarrhea in North East, Artibonite, and South East departments.
- On September 26, the USAID/DART met with members of the U.N. Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Americas Support Team and discussed coordination concerns in Gonaïves. To date, humanitarian partners have highlighted ongoing issues regarding effective coordination and communication between humanitarian actors and international agencies.
Logistics and Relief Supplies
- As of September 26, the USG had transported 1,608.1 MT of emergency relief commodities provided by
USAID/OFDA, WFP, and multiple relief organizations on 130 missions to and within Haiti using a combination of DOD and DHS air and sea assets as well as three USAID/OFDA-chartered aircrafts. The USS Kearsarge departed Haiti on September 26.
- The USAID/DART reported that on September 26, the shelter and non-food item (NFI) cluster group met to discuss results from recent distributions and future needs. According to Le Groupe d'Appui aux Rapatriés et Réfugiés, the storms destroyed 1,608 houses and damaged 911 homes and several churches and schools in Fonds Verrette village, West Department. The next shelter and NFI cluster group meeting is scheduled for September 29.
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
- On September 26, the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced the arrival of an interim UNICEF water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) cluster coordinator. The interim cluster coordinator will be responsible for overall coordination for all WASH activities in Haiti. The cluster has scheduled a meeting for September 30 to discuss concerns of implementing partners and donor agencies, ongoing response efforts, and future planning.