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Haiti Situation Report - 19 August

Before Hurricane Dean struck Haiti on Sunday, August 20, hospitals in the departments of Sud and Sudest had already activated their emergency plans. Patients were released or placed in a safe area. Extra medical staff was deployed or on stand-by and where possible, medical supplies were pre-positioned.

Once the storm passed, it was reported that most damage, while relatively minor, was confined to the southern peninsula. Two deaths were reported and dozens injured. A PAHO/WHO/Ministry of Health assessment confirmed that the roof of the Hospital St. Michel in Jacmel was not damaged because of the storm, but rather because it was already in a precarious condition, which allowed the operating room to be flooded. Cleanup operations have already begun. The Hospital Imaculee Conception in Cayes and the Hospital St Antoine in the town of Jeremie are both functional. No deaths were reported, although 5-6 people were injured during the storm. PAHO/WHO is currently conducting damage and needs assessments in the most affected areas. Conditions in the water and sanitation sector are being assessed, but no major problems have been reported at the time of this report.


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