Haiti - Storms Fact Sheet #5, Fiscal Year (FY) 2009

Report
from US Agency for International Development
Published on 14 Nov 2008
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

Note: The last fact sheet was dated October 31, 2008.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

On November 3 and 4, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) hydrologist and six-person U.S. Navy dive team arrived in Haiti with three military vehicles and diving gear to conduct a USAID/OFDA-funded, DOD-implemented underwater assessment of obstructed tunnels at Mirogoane Lake, Nippes Department. Members of the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (USAID/DART) accompanied the assessment team and met with representatives from USAID/Haiti, and the Government of Haiti (GOH) Ministry of Public Works, Transportation, and Communications to facilitate information and communication coordination related to the assessment and resulting recommendations.

On November 3, the GOH Minister of Agriculture announced plans to release $36 million in funds for emergency agricultural activities in support of livelihood recovery for flood affected populations throughout Haiti.

NUMBERS AT A GLANCE
SOURCE
Total Affected Population
826,685
OCHA - October 8, 2008
Dead
793
GOH- October 6, 2008
Missing
310
GOH - October 6, 2008
IDPs (1)
151,072
GOH - September 10, 2008
IDPs Currently in Shelters
35,000 - 40,000
IOM(2) - October 16, 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

USAID/OFDA Assistance(3) - $10,371,520

USAID/FFP(4) Assistance(5) - $14,000,000

USAID/Haiti Assistance - $5,000,000

DOD(6) Assistance - $2,631,877

DHS(7) Assistance(8) - $204,765

Total USG Humanitarian Assistance to Haiti for Hurricanes in Calendar Year 2008 - $32,208,162

CURRENT SITUATION

On November 6, the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) reported that food security in Baie d'Orange, Southeast Department, has deteriorated significantly, increasing malnutrition concerns.

U.N. and non-governmental organization (NGO) efforts to remove debris and rehabilitate damaged infrastructure continue. As of November 12, U.N. World Food Program (WFP) and implementing partners had cleaned approximately 100 schools through food-for-work activities. As a result, on November 10, schools reopened in Gonaïves, Artibonite Department, as planned but reported a reduced number of returning students. On November 13, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that some schools in the area remained closed due to the large quantities of residual mud.

On October 29, heavy rainfall and resulting flooding killed seven individuals, as well as livestock, and damaged or destroyed at least 20 houses in the Dame Marie Commune in Grande Anse Department, according to OCHA.

Map: USG Humanitarian Assistance to Haiti (as of 14 Nov 2008)