After tropical storm Isaac having cut a path of destruction through Haiti, Malteser International, the relief service of the Order of Malta for humanitarian aid, in addition to its current programmes will support emergency relief in one of the poorest slums of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince as well as in the most hit south of the island with an initial 10,000 euros.
“Tropical storm Isaac has been the most violent storm to hit Haiti since the earthquake in 2010”, Thomas Huefken, Malteser International Programme Coordinator in Port-au-Prince, states.
In Haiti’s slum region Cité Soleil as well as in the neighbouring settlement of Tabarre, Malteser International will provide tools, plastic sheets, timber and nails for necessary repair and construction works. “We hand over all materials to the Haitian civil protection which will organise groups to repair latrines, clean the sewage drains, remove the waste and the debris and to construct temporary shelter for the homeless”, Huefken explains.
The most serious damage occurred outside of the capital in the south-eastern rural regions of the country. In Malteser International’s project region of Belle-Anse – one of the poorest regions of the country - with about 70,000 inhabitants, cut off from the rest of the country and from communications channels until today, more than 4,000 houses were destroyed, damaged or flooded and the families lost their crops, harvests and cattle (about 30,000 livestock lost). Here, Malteser International in cooperation with its partner Cotedo will concentrate on the repairs of the destroyed latrines, the community and home gardens and the aqueduct constructed by the relief service together with the villagers. Since 2010, Malteser International and Cotedo have been running a comprehensive relief programme in Belle Anse aiming to improve the health situation and to strengthen the self-help capacities of the population in the fields of water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition.
Malteser International provides emergency response in addition to its present relief programmes which will be continued as soon as possible in order to better prepare people with regard to future disasters.
Tropical storm Isaac crossed Haiti three days ago causing severe flooding and destruction. At least 24 people died, 42 were wounded; more than 16,000 people had to be evacuated
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Malteser International is the worldwide relief agency of the Sovereign Order of Malta for humanitarian aid. The organization provides aid in about 100 projects in more than 20 countries without distinction of religion, race or political persuasion. Christian values and the humanitarian principles of impartiality and independence are the foundation of its work.