REPORT OF THE INTER-AMERICAN TASK FORCE
Update #2 from INTER-AMERICAN DEFENSE BOARD
- Current death toll estimated at 7,000, but as many as 25,000 feared dead.
- Approximately 150,000 displaced persons.
- International relief organizations mounting efforts, largely through the Venezuelan Red Cross.
- Venezuelan government recovery efforts being assisted in large part by Venezuelan Armed Forces.
- Efforts have shifted from initial rescue phase to providing assistance to victims and survivors.
- Bedsheets, towels, mattresses, mats, clothing for children, sanitary napkins food for children, emergency food rations, canned food
- Large tents for field hospitals;
- Tents for coordination centers for relief operations;
- Water purification equipment, large water containers for transportation and storage of water; desalination equipment, water pumps;
- Portable latrines;
- Gas stoves, refrigerators;
- Chainsaws, shovels, pick axes, machetes, masks, wheelbarrows;
- Equipment to light large areas at night, beacons for heliports, portable electrical lighting equipment, emergency flares;
- Flashlights, leather gloves, rubber boots, rain protection clothing, life-jackets; portable communications equipment (HF-VHF);
- Brush cutters;
- Temporary shelters;
- Equipment for temporary bridges;
- Equipment for clearing of mud and debris;
- Lifting equipment;
- Equipment for solid waste treatment.
Principal medical needs are for the following medicines:
- Measles vaccines
- Azitromicina tablets and suspension
- Ciproflaxicina tablets
- Cefradoxilio tablets and suspension
- Aciclovir cream
- Laratadina tablets and suspension
- Simvastatina tablets
- Nimesulide tablets
- Albendazol tablets and supension
- Fluconazol tablets
- Lanzoprazol tablets
- Cinnarizina tablets
- Bromazopan tablets
- Alprazolan tablets
- Fentanyl amp.
- Propofol amp.
- Tipental amp.
- Meropenem amp.
- Vancominina amp.
- Mothergin amp.
- Succinil colina amp.
International Assistance to Date
- Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): US$ 50,000 grant
- Organization of American States (OAS): US$ 20,000 grant from Inter-American Emergency Assistance Fund (FONDEM)
- Pan American Development Fund (PADF): US$ 25,000 grant to OAS office in Venezuela
- Pan American Health Organization (PAHO): US$ 25,000 Emergency Grant
- UN Development Program (UNDP): US$ 50,000 Emergency Grant.
- UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): US$ 5,000 Emergency Grant
- UN Children's Fund (UNICEF): Specialist for psychological support
- World Food Program (WFP): Fielding mission to evaluate food needs.
- International Federation of the Red Cross/ Red Crescent: US$ 38,000 released from Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support relief operations; request made to international community for US$ 3 million for fund to assist 50,000 victims for three-month period.
- Canada: US$ 175,000.
- Colombia: Psychiatric team specializing in victim assistance.
- Cuba: Aircraft with 40 specialized medical personnel and equipment.
- Germany: US$ 272,000 emergency aid through German Red Cross.
- Israel: Medicines.
- Italy: US$ 500,000 emergency aid credit.
- Mexico: Mobile hospital, medicines, tents, kitchens, baby food, 190 support personnel.
- Norway: US$ 50,000.
- Peru: Aircraft with relief supplies and personnel.
- Spain: Cash Grant US$ 500,000 in medical supplies, US$ 800,000 credit for infrastructure repairs.
- Switzerland: US$ 63,000.
- Uruguay: one C-130 aircraft.
- United Kingdom: US$ 800,000.
- United States: US$ 25,000 Cash Grant to Venezuelan Red Cross; 8 military helicopters, 2 CASA-212 aircraft and two Zodiac boats; 35-member military coordination element; UASID/OFDA disaster assessment and coordination team; US$ 435,000 for purchase and transport of relief supplies including: 15,000 blankets, 100 rolls of plastic sheeting, 5,600 five-gallon water cans, ten 3,000-gallon water); US$ 200,000 for local purchase of relief supplies, including 30,000 tetanus toxoid vaccines and 40,000 syringes.
Channeling of In-Kind Assistance
- Maiquetia Airport serving Caracas still closed to commercial traffic; receiving incoming flights from countries sending emergency assistance.
- Collection point set up in Miami by Venezuelan Air Force.
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions to be used for immediate relief assistance, in coordination/consultation with relevant organizations in the United Nations system.
- PAHO serving as coordination agency with international organizations, nongovernmental organizations and private voluntary organizations in Venezuela wishing to contribute medical assistance and/or material. PAHO is also setting up its Humanitarian Supply Management System to assist the Venezuelan Civil Defense in classifying, sorting, inventorying and prioritizing incoming supplies.
Points of Contact
International Relief Organizations
- Inter-American Development Bank (Mr. Miguel Rivera)email@example.com
- International Foundation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (41) 22-730-4222 www.ifrc.org
- Organization of American States(Mr. Paul Spencer)Pspencer@oas.org
- Pan American Development Fund (Mr. Norberto Ambros)firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pan American Health Organization(202)
Dr. Claude DeVille (202) 974-3434
Dr. Jean Luc Poncelet (202) 775-4578 (fax)
- Office for Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs (OCHA) (41) 22-917-1234
OCHA Desk Officers: Mr. Erik Haegglund (41) 22-917-3299
Mr. Carlos Monteiro-Pereira (41) 22-917-1383
- US Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
Regional Coordinator: Ms. Stephanie Fritz (202) 712-4867
- U.S. Southern Command (Miami) Operations
Venezuela Disaster Crisis Action Team (Lt Col Dekinder) (305) 437-3533
- Venezuelan Civil Defense Office (Caracas)(58-2)
Agencies Accepting Monetary Contributions
- American Red Cross (English) 1-800-435-7669
- American Jewish World Services1-800-889-7146
- Brother's Brother Foundation(413) 321-3160
- Food for the Hungry1-800-248-6437
- Lutheran World Relief1-800-597-5972
- Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief(212)
- United States Committee for UNICEF(212)
- United Way International(703) 519-0092
- Ms. Leila Roberts www.uwint.org
- Ms. Ana Maria Moran