4 September 2008
A Red Alert was issued for several provinces in preparation for Hurricane Hanna, since the soils already saturated from Gustav could cause landslides. Several dams and reservoirs are being closely monitored. Shelters are being stocked in preparation for the influx of displaced populations.
The situation in Haiti was exacerbated by the recent passage of Hurricane Gustav. The reports so far indicate 79 deaths, 70 people missing, 35 injured and 2,372 in shelters (these figures will change as reports from the field continue).
Nine of the 10 Departments have been affected by rain and flooding following Gustav and Hanna. Flooding has been reported in Gonaives (Artibonite), Port de Paiz (NW), Cap Haitien (North), Hinche (Central), Miragoane (Nippes), Jacmel (SE), Les Cayes (Sud), and Grand Goave (West). Gonaives is the worst affected and the city has been paralyzed by the floods. Access to affected areas remains a problem, but is improving steadily. Access to drinking water is a problem.
PAHO/WHO is holding coordination meetings daily with health actors. There are no general shortage of drugs, but there is shortage of specific drugs, such as insulin, and anesthetics (a problem because they have to be purchased by the population).
The hospital in St Marc is functioning. PAHO/ WHO supplied medicines and surgical equipment. In Gonaives, 18 patients had to be evacuated from a flooded hospital; all stocks destroyed. Mobile clinics have been put in operation between Gonaives and Port au Paix.
Various teams have been deployed to conduct field assessments.
Turks and Caicos
Hurricane Hanna caused heavy flooding in the five islands. No deaths have been reported; however 800 people had to move to shelters. The Ministry of Health requested PAHO/WHO that a water and sanitation expert be mobilized.
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