BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)
Note: The last fact sheet was dated October 3, 2008.
As of October 6, the Government of Haiti (GOH) Office of Civil Protection reported that the four tropical storms and hurricanes resulted in nearly 800 deaths and injured an estimated 548 people. As of October 8, the tropical storms and hurricanes had affected more than 800,000 people, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
In response to a GOH request for international assistance to reconstruct and rehabilitate six bridges damaged by the storms and hurricanes, U.S. military engineers completed assessments of each of the six bridges. Rehabilitation and reconstruction plans remain ongoing.
Based on recommendations made by U.S. military engineers, in consultation with Haitian authorities and donors, a temporary bridge will be installed at the location of the Ennery Bridge, one of the bridges damaged by the storms. The U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) plans to provide approximately 60 percent of the span; working with USAID/Haiti, USAID/OFDA plans to provide funds for the purchase the remainder. The GOH Ministry of Public Works, Transportation, and Communications will submit the proposal and cost estimates to military engineers by October 17. Upon approval, USAID/OFDA will begin the process to purchase needed construction materials. The World Bank has committed to provide funds for the reconstruction of Chalon, Latheme, and Duvivier bridges.
On October 7, the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART) health and nutrition advisor traveled to Gonaïves, Artibonite Department, to conduct a health assessment and evaluate the capacities of several medical facilities, including a hospital managed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a national hospital, and a GOH Ministry of Health (MOH) clinic.
NUMBERSAT A GLANCE
|Total Affected Population||
|OCHA - October 8, 2008|
|GOH - October 6, 2008|
|GOH - October 6, 2008|
|GOH - September 10, 2008|
|IDPs in Shelters||
|OCHA - September 15, 2008|
|Other Damage||22,702 houses destroyed,
84,625 houses damaged
|GOH - October 1, 2008|
FY 2008 AND FY 2009 HUMANITARIAN FUNDING TO DATE FOR HAITI HURRICANES IN 2008
USAID/OFDA Assistance(2): $10,010,668
USAID/FFP(3) Assistance(4): $14,000,000
USAID/Haiti Assistance: $5,000,000
DOD(5) Assistance: $2,631,877
DHS(6) Assistance: Amount Forthcoming Total
USG Humanitarian Assistance to Haiti for Hurricanes in 2008: $31,642,545
On October 9, OCHA reported that the re-establishment of the road access at Montrouis, on the border of West and Artibonite departments, and Miragoane in Nippes Department has allowed the routine provision of fuel and medical supplies to all of the country's hospitals and the majority of pharmacies.
According to OCHA, road transport remains an issue, particularly in southern Haiti, where priority is given for cargo. In addition, the road from Port au Prince to Jimani in Dominican Republic remains heavily flooded. The roads to Miragoane and Anse a Veau districts in Nippes Department continue to be blocked and access to Les Cayes and Jeremie is limited.