Port-au-Prince, 11 September - A mission formed by members of the Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC ) of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Risk and Disaster Management Unit of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as well as USAID visited, on 11 September 2004, different regions in Haiti with the objective of identifying the damages caused by Hurricane Ivan in the country.
The mission, strongly supported by the Haitian Government, flew over the 5th section of St. Marc and Bocozel, the Artibonite Valley as well as Pont Sonde and Mirebalais zones. The final conclusions indicated that although the continuous rain did cause minor floods in the irrigation channels of some rivers in the Artibonite Valley, the population's houses remained intact.
"The situation is not very serious", affirmed Mr. Roosevelt Compere, the Prevention Coordinator for the Civil Protection Sector of the Haitian Ministry of Interior Affairs. Mr. Compere also indicated that in case serious damages had occurred in the regions of St. Marc and Pont Sonde, the population of the swampy zone will have time to get at the shelter in case of flooding. Furthermore, Mr. Compere affirmed that contrary to the information received by the Crisis Committee, the Arbonite River remained within its borders.
Other regions of Haiti which were affected by Hurricane Ivan include Les Cayes, Camp Perrin, Aquin, Torbeck, among others. In those regions, different NGO's coordinated a successful evacuation plan for the population and are currently sending necessary medications and humanitarian aid to the distressed areas. According to information released by the Chief of the Risk and Disaster Relief Unit, Mr. Michel Matera, the Fonds Verrete and Mapou regions were not affected by Hurricane Ivan.
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