CARICOM, Haitian mayor agree on disaster relief protocols

CARICOM, Haitian mayor agree on disaster relief protocols

Thursday, October 20, 2016

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LES CAYES, Haiti (CMC) — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and one of the mayors of this town in southern Haiti have agreed on seven points that will help the community’s disaster relief distribution, which is expected to begin this week.
Since Hurricane Matthew devastated the south of Haiti earlier this month, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has deployed a team to Jeremie and Les Cayes – two of the areas worst affected by the category-four storm in southern Haiti.
On Wednesday, CDEMA announced that it has delivered a shipment of approximately US$53,000 worth of emergency relief supplies to Haiti.
The supplies were procured by CDEMA, through the collaborative efforts of the CDEMA Coordinating Unit and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Jamaica.
The Government of the United States facilitated transport of the relief items to Haiti.
“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.
Between October 3 and 4, Hurricane Matthew unleashed category 4 strength winds and extensive rainfall over the southern peninsula of Haiti, resulting in over 500 deaths with 175,500 persons seeking shelter and widespread damage to houses and infrastructure.
There are fears that the displaced persons could find themselves in an even more desperate situation as rain is forecast for next week in the south of Haiti.


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