Tropical Storm Ernesto - August 2006

Haiti - Situation Report 29 August 2006 
 

General Situation:

Heavy rains hit the coastal areas of the departments of Sud, Sud-est, Ouest, Grand-Anse, L’Artibonite, and the Northwest of Haiti; however, no major floods or significant damages to infrastructure have been reported.

Two deaths and 3 injured have been reported and 200 people had to be evacuated to relatives’ houses.  Nineteen houses have been destroyed and 134 damaged.

Port-au-Prince has suffered minor flooding. According to reports, several localities (Martissant, Gressier and Mariani) along southbound roads were flooded. An evaluation of the Haitian Red Cross and the DPC (Civil Protection) accounts did not find any major damages reported, while the flooding is considered either normal or minor and has subsided since.

Sud-est Department, commune of Belle Anse, the main small town also called Belle Anse was reportedly flooded.

Sud Department, coastal area between Port Salut and Tiburon suffered severe wind and rain, but no damages were reported.

Artibonite Department, the population of Nan Manmye, situated north of Gonaives, was evacuated due to rising water levels of the Quinte River.

The tropical storm and flooding warnings have now been discontinued.

National/International Response

EOC of Sud and Sud-est continue to coordinate with all humanitarian actors. Emergency stocks and human resources have been identified at departmental and national levels (United Nations System and NGO).

Ten (10) shelters were identified in the Sud department; however, there is no need at the moment to use them.

The Ministry of Finance has pre-positioned emergency funds in every affected department.

MINUSTAH has deployed teams throughout the country to either help evacuate people and/or assess accessibility (i.e. river crossings, road safety, etc).

Health sector and PAHO response

MSF-Belgium, CRS, Haitian Red Cross, World Vision, WFP and UNICEF, have all pre-positioned stock to respond to the possible emergency. PAHO has pre-positioned essential medicines (kit 10,000) in Port-au-Prince (2), Le Cayes (2) and Jeremie (1)

A PAHO disaster expert was able to reach the costal town of Tiburon and other villages in the Sud Department. Although experiencing extensive rains, no evidence of considerable damages or pressing needs were found in this area. At this time, the health assessment will focus on addressing the health needs and access to potable water of the inhabitants of the small island of Ile a Vache, situated just across from Les Cayes.

Future interventions and requirements for international assistance.

PAHO and other UN agencies and NGOs will continue to carry out assessments at the department level. At this time there is no need for international assistance.