Haiti: Tropical Storm Hanna, Gustav, Ike OCHA Situation Report No. 22



The 15th tropical depression of the season has just transformed into tropical storm OMAR and was located on Tuesday October 14th at 11am at approximately 570 km South, South West of San Juan Puerto Rico. Haiti is not yet under any threat from this tropical storm; however, several cells may break away from the system and cause some showers and isolated thunderstorms over the region on Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Populations living in areas at risk must comply with the security advisory instructions in case of bad weather.

Aid agencies continue to respond to the needs of disaster-affected populations with the support of clusters.

Shelter and Non-Food Items: The focus of the shelter cluster this week was on Gonaives. Updated data on shelters and population flows is being collected. Cluster members visited potential relocations sites suggested by governmental authorities. Results will be circulated shortly. Further, an activity implementation framework specific to Gonaives has been developed; cluster members will finalize it today. Regarding Non-Food Items, the current gaps identified nationwide include 104,546 tarpaulins, 101,972 plastic sheeting, 101,972 sheets (preferred over blankets) 101,783 sleeping mats, 132,675 mosquito nets, 93,110 tools, 37,135 hygiene kits, and 58,803 cooking kits.

WASH: UNICEF in collaboration with Action Contre la Faim have set up temporary water pumping and treatment stations producing an estimated 400,000 liters of water per day in Gonaives. The drinking water is then distributed in 28 locations throughout the city. (Please see map on page 6 showing some of the infrastructures put in place by the WASH cluster in Gonaives).

Food: As of 14 October, WFP has distributed 4,622 metric tons of food items to 483,104 beneficiaries including 12,300 new ones in previously inaccessible localities of Lagrange and Belanger in the department of Artibonite. In addition, WFP delivered some 10MT of food commodities on 10 and 11 October to the locality of Delatre in the department of South-East for distributions to new beneficiaries through Caritas.

Health/Nutrition: While no epidemic has been reported as of 13 October, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and WHO are supporting biological investigations with regards to eruptive diseases. However, access to healthcare is financially difficult, particularly for vulnerable populations whose income could dwindle due to the increase in food prices and the purchase of school equipments and fees. From the nutritional trends, MDM-France recently conducted a rapid evaluation of malnutrition in Gonaives. Of the 147 surveyed children, 12 cases of moderate malnutrition (8.2 %) and 2 cases of acute malnutrition (1.4 %) have been identified. Partners in other parts of the country confirm the increased number of children attending feeding centers through the regular programs.

Education: WFP school feeding activities have resumed this week throughout the country, apartI. RESPONSE BY SECTOR from Gonaives. The beginning of the school year was delayed by a month due to the damage caused by storms and hurricanes and schools being used as temporary shelters.


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