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Assistance to affected population by Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Sandy – HTI121
Appeal Target: US$ 2,412,521
Balance Requested: US$ 1,675,884
Geneva, 26 November 2012
The tropical storm Isaac hit Haiti in August. The storm crossed the entire nation, north to south; all departments in Haiti were affected, which entailed heavy rains and wind. Afterwards, in October Hurricane Sandy affected Haiti from October 23 to October 27, covering all departments of the country.
A total of 1.8 million Haitians have been affected by the Hurricane, based on the latest report by the UN. Hundreds of cases of cholera have been reported in the week following the impact of Sandy. Sandy struck both the areas which were previously already affected by Isaac, such as West, Sud and Sud-Est Departments, but also severely affected Grande Anse, which was not as badly hit by Isaac. The Haitian government has declared a state of emergency in the country, continuing throughout the month of November, and has requested international assistance to help the victims of Sandy & Isaac.
All this takes place against a background of Haiti being a highly vulnerable to natural disasters such as hurricanes and storms. Both urban and rural areas are still recovering from the 2010 Earthquake. Cholera still prevails in the country and there are risks of exacerbation in the days and weeks after the impact of the hurricane. Livelihoods in highly vulnerable rural areas have been lost, and the affected communities have limited capacity to recover without external support.
The ACT Haiti Forum has decided to issue an appeal, where MISSEH, LWF, DKH and FCA, as requesting members, incorporated the response to Sandy emergency with the assistance to population affected by tropical storm Isaac.
Tropical Storm Isaac affected the entire country, but the worst affected areas include the Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Ouest and Ouest departments (OCHA, Conseil National de Sécurité Alimentaire).
Two months after the impact of Isaac, Hurricane Sandy passed over the neighbouring countries Cuba and Jamaica, but severely affecting Haiti which had suffered from tropical storm conditions, including heavy rain for 72 hours. According to reports from the Haitian government, UN agencies and NGOs so far, the impact of Sandy was even worse than the impact of Isaac, in terms of deaths as well as damage to the agricultural sector.
Early recovery & livelihood restoration; WASH; health (cholera prevention); psychosocial support; shelter & settlement (rehabilitation of roofs and repairing or rebuilding houses); education (reconstructing and furnishing schools); emergency preparedness.
This appeal replaces the preliminary appeal issued on 12th September 2012.
For the full appeal document, please click here.