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.
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
|Total Affected Population||
|OCHA - October 8, 2008|
|GOH- October 6, 2008|
|GOH - October 6, 2008|
|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
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.