Haiti: Tropical Storm Hanna, Gustav, Ike OCHA Situation Report No. 10

Situation Report
Originally published


General Situation

The Flash Appeal was launched today by the Emergency Relief Coordinator in New York and the RC/HC together with the heads of agencies in Port-au-Prince for an amount of USD 107.7 million. Member States expressed their support to the country and new government in this difficult time. France, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago announced pledges for a total amount of approximately USD 12 million. Financial Tracking shows that USD 685,000 of the appeal have been funded so far and 9 million uncommitted pledges have been made to the appeal. USD 19.6 million have been pledged to projects not listed in the appeal.

According to the national civilian protection unit (DPC), 328 people have been confirmed dead. Some 170,000 families have been affected as a result of tropical storms Fay, Hanna, Gustav and Ike. Some areas in the Southern Departments have still not been accessed. In Artibonite, the DPC considers Gonaives, Grand Saline and Desdunes as the priority area.

The Country Team continues to reinforce the cluster system. WFP and UNDP have received an important support at the global level for the Logistics and Early Recovery clusters.

Chiefs of cooperation agencies met today in the G10. Donors have confirmed their full support to the RC/HC for his role of coordination in operations and have expressed their willingness to work more closely with the clusters.

WFP reports that the number of affected persons having received food aid continues to increase significantly. 167,301 people have received 775 MT of food aid.

Road Conditions

MINUSTAH reports:

North-West: UN staff movement is prohibited between Port de Paix and Gonaïves.

North: The road between Cap Haitian and Fort Liberté is passable but the road between Cap Haitian and Gonaives is not, except for the section between Cap Haitian and Ennery.

North-East: From Fort Liberté to Cap Haitian and to Morne Case, Ouanaminte and Terrier Rouge, the road is open, as well as from Ouanaminte to Dajabon.

Artibonite: Many roads are impassable because of flooding areas. Bridges have collapsed on the roads between Gonaïves and Ennery and the road between Saint-Marc and PAP (at Montroui). Between Ennery and Cap Haitian the road is open.

Centre: The bridge at Mirebalais West side has collapsed. The roads between Hinche and Mirebalais and Mirebalais and Saint Marc are accessible, as well as between Mirebabalais and PAP.

South-East: The road between Jacmel and Belle Anse is now in good shape, including for heavy trucks. The road at Cayes Jacmel is blocked due to the level of water at the bridge.

Nippes, South and Grande Anse: The flooded Miragoane bridge at Berquin has been reopened. The bridge at Grand Goave is at the verge of collapsing, meaning caution is absolutely necessary when crossing. There is a detour around the collapsed bridge at Duparc, making the road between Miragoane and Les Cayes passable. The Centre d'Opération d'Urgence Communal (COUC) of Cabaret, in the West, reports that access is still very difficult towards the communal sections and the road to Cazale is impassable.

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