In the wake of torrential downpours lashing Haiti, the death toll has surpassed 50, with heavy rain persisting relentlessly.
As the nation has experienced a deluge of rainfall since last weekend, the situation remains dire. Authorities have reported 15 individuals missing, further compounding the tragedy.
Jerry Chandler, the Head of Haiti’s Civil Protection Office (DPC), revealed that the impact has been severe, with 12,779 families affected and an estimated 13,633 houses flooded across multiple regions.
The West region, including the metropolitan area, has been hit the hardest, alongside other ecologically vulnerable areas like the North West, Nippes, and the South-East.
As reports anticipate the numbers to rise, the rains have already caused injuries to at least 85 people.
In response, Prime Minister Dr. Arield Henry is urgently seeking international assistance to address the pressing needs of the population.
The relentless downpour has led to overflowing rivers, triggering floods and landslides in various locations, affecting numerous individuals.
Driven by the urgency of the situation, the Haitian government is actively engaging with national and international institutions to swiftly respond to the crisis.
Assessment of the damages is currently underway, guiding the government’s decisions on emergency response measures.
Shelter, food, and sanitation facilities are being swiftly deployed with the aid of UN organizations and dedicated civil protection volunteers.
Acting Humanitarian Coordinator for Haiti, Jean-Martin Bauer, emphasized the collaborative efforts between the humanitarian community and national institutions to aid those affected.
Bauer expressed deep concern, particularly considering the existing vulnerabilities of the Haitian population.
He stressed the need for greater financial support, as the current humanitarian response plan remains significantly underfunded, with only 20 percent of the required budget secured.
Bauer called upon all donors to stand in solidarity with the Haitian people, ensuring critical financing for the response to the floods and preparation for future adverse weather events.
Thanks to the World Food Programme (WFP), affected residents have begun receiving essential assistance in the form of hot meals and ready-to-eat rations.
However, much more support is urgently needed to address the escalating crisis and provide relief to the affected population.
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