Haiti: Agencies support IDPs hit by deadly floods

10 June, 2011
Residents of a Port-au-Prince IDP camp cleaning up after heavy rains and flooding swept the area. Credit:MINUSTAH
Residents of a Port-au-Prince IDP camp cleaning up after heavy rains and flooding swept the area. Credit:MINUSTAH

On the evening of 6 June, the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area and other areas of the West and Nippes departments in Haiti were hit by heavy rains. 28 people died, 8 were injured, and 6 are still missing following the torrential rains and mudslides, according to the latest statistics from the Direction de la protection civile (DPC). According to the latest OCHA Haiti Flooding situation report, heavy rains are expected in the coming days and an orange alert was issued for the entire country. Seven of the country’s ten departments including Nippes, Artibonite, and North-West are expected to be affected.

Over the next two days, an IOM needs assessment team identified 213 vulnerable sites, ten of which were severely affected by the flooding and landslides. Additional tents, tarpaulins and NFIs are urgently needed. Affected areas in the Nippes department are particularly in need of drinking water, functioning latrines, NFIs, and hygiene kits.

DPC and Camp Coordination and Management partners are currently helping people in  10 IDP sites in earthquake-affected communes to clean up, drain the water and remove mud and rubble from around camps to prevent further flooding and landslides. Repair of latrines and drainage work has started in Port-au-Prince metropolitan area, while tents, tarpaulins, and non-food items (NFI) have been sent to community shelters.

Localized outbreaks of cholera continue to be reported due to increased water contamination, but extra bed capacity, oral rehydration points and chlorination posts are available in the worst affected areas. Cholera Treatment Centres and Cholera Treatment Units in the South department are almost full since the heavy rains on 2 June and patients in the Les Cayes Hospital have been evacuated to other buildings.

With the hurricane season around the corner, DPC, with the support of the International Federation of the Red Cross and IOM, has launched a nationwide public awareness campaign on disaster risk reduction through mobile phone networks and radio stations. 

Other preparedness work included an OCHA mission in May to identify flood-prone areas and temporary shelters for vulnerable communities in the Palmes region and the Nippes department. Risk mitigation work such as cleaning and draining the La Dique and Nan Piti river channels needs to be urgently carried out.

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