USAID to provide hurricane disaster assistance to Haiti

Washington, D.C. - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today it will provide an initial $50,000 in immediate disaster relief funding to assist victims of Hurricane Dennis in Haiti.

From July 6 to 7, Hurricane Dennis caused significant damage to the southern peninsula of Haiti that resulted in approximately 40 deaths. The Haitian Ministry of Interior (MOI) reported that the flooding and winds caused by Hurricane Dennis affected 15,000 residents and damaged agriculture and infrastructure. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) are providing food, potable water, and emergency relief supplies to those affected by Hurricane Dennis. These organizations report that the most critical need is potable water, particularly in areas where water systems were destroyed. Residents in affected areas are also in need of emergency relief supplies such as blankets, hygiene kits, and shelter materials.

On July 15, the U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Douglas Griffiths declared a disaster due to the damage caused by Hurricane Dennis in Haiti. In response, USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance is providing the initial funds to CRS for potable water and emergency relief supplies to assist affected residents.