CARICOM Sends Emer­gency Re­lief Sup­plies to Haiti post Hur­ri­cane Matthew 2016

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

CARICOM de­liv­ered a ship­ment of ap­prox­i­mately USD$ 53,000 worth of emer­gency re­lief sup­plies to Haiti. Or­ga­nized by the Caribbean Dis­as­ter Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (CDEMA), through the col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts of the CDEMA Co­or­di­nat­ing Unit and the Of­fice of Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness and Emer­gency Man­age­ment (ODPEM), Ja­maica, trans­port of the re­lief items was fa­cil­i­tated into Haiti by the Gov­ern­ment of the United States. Part­ner­ships have also been lever­aged on the ground in Haiti to sup­port in coun­try trans­porta­tion by the Haitian Civil Pro­tec­tion De­part­ment. The ship­ment of 3 con­tain­ers will be de­liv­ered to Les Cayes, one of the two worst im­pacted ar­eas in Haiti as a re­sult of Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

“The emer­gency sup­plies were sourced in Ja­maica, the sub-re­gional fo­cal point for Haiti, and in­cludes items such as tar­pau­lin, wa­ter, pro­tein, starch, hy­giene prod­ucts and sup­plies for ba­bies. These are sched­uled to ar­rive in Les Cayes on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 20, 2016”, said El­iz­a­beth Ri­ley, Deputy Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of CDEMA.

Hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief is one as­pect of the dis­as­ter man­age­ment cy­cle that caters to the im­me­di­ate needs of an im­pacted pop­u­la­tion. Be­tween Oc­to­ber 3rd and 4th, 2016, Hur­ri­cane Matthew un­leashed cat­e­gory 4 strength winds and ex­ten­sive rain­fall over the south­ern penin­sula of Haiti, re­sult­ing in over 500 deaths with 175,509 per­sons seek­ing shel­ter and wide­spread dam­age to houses and in­fra­struc­ture.

In ad­di­tion to the CARICOM Op­er­a­tional Sup­port Team (COST), which has been pro­vid­ing op­er­a­tional sup­port to the Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Cen­tres in Les Cayes and Jeremie since Oc­to­ber 7, 2016, CDEMA, with the sup­port of the Re­gional Se­cu­rity Sys­tem and the Gov­ern­ment of Ja­maica is also de­ploy­ing a CARICOM Con­tin­gent com­pris­ing the CARICOM Dis­as­ter Re­lief Unit (CDRU) ac­com­pa­nied by mem­bers of the Ja­maica De­fence Force (JDF). The con­tin­gent will co­or­di­nate hu­man­i­tar­ian re­lief op­er­a­tions and dis­tri­bu­tion of re­lief sup­plies to the af­fected pop­u­la­tion in Les Cayes.

Fol­low­ing the pas­sage of Matthew, a num­ber of re­gional and in­ter­na­tional agen­cies have pledged sup­port to the re­sponse and re­lief ef­forts in Haiti. The Caribbean Com­mu­nity (CARICOM) has also pledged sup­port for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of a school in Les Cayes as well as a feed­ing pro­gramme for a max­i­mum of two (2) weeks cater­ing to the chil­dren of that school.

The pow­er­ful hur­ri­cane, the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade, slammed into Haiti ear­lier this month.

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