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Hispaniola and Cuba: Tropical Storm Isaac - Information Bulletin n° 1

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This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation.

The situation

Tropical Storm Isaac's centre passed over Haiti's southwest peninsula in the early morning of Saturday 25 August, approximately 80 kilometres west of Port-au-Prince. Since then torrential rains caused flooding and landslides in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. By 11:00 in the morning of the same day, Isaac made landfall in Cuba at Imías, Guantánamo province, with sustained winds of 95 km/h. It left the land five hours later at Guarda la Vaca, Holguin province, continuing its movement west-northwest towards Florida’s keys and the Gulf of Mexico.

But even after the centre of the storm had passed the islands, the torrential rains associated with the system continued to fall for the two following days. It caused several floods and landslides, and affected homes, power lines, crops, as well as interrupting road connections.

As part of the Americas zone support for the coordination of Red Cross actions, the Disaster Response and Early Recovery Unit issued an orange alert on Wednesday, 22 August once the path of the storm became clearer. In addition to the coordination with the regional representation offices, Partner National Societies and PIRAC, disaster management delegates were deployed to Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti to support the National Societies’ efforts. Finally, the zone communications unit established close communication with the affected countries’ counterparts to ensure an adequate and timely flow of information.