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The Sanofi Espoir Foundation supports the French Red Cross in Haiti after tropical storm ISAAC hits the country

September 11, 2012


On the night of August 24 to 25, 2012, the tropical storm Isaac blew across Haiti from the southeast of Port-au-Prince towards the northwest. Wind reached a maximum speed of 100 kph and lasted all night, bringing heavy rain.

Many displaced person camps were assigned to all municipalities in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince. The most frequently reported damage involved tents and other emergency shelters, and there was a risk of flooding and stagnant water that has now dwindled as the rain gradually stopped.

A partial assessment of the storm damage stands at 24 dead, 3 missing and 42 injured. Nearly 16,000 people were evacuated and 8,000 families lost their homes in the Artibonite departments of the west and south-east. In the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, 165 camps were affected.

There is still a high risk of flooding, landslides, mudslides and cave-ins.

The Sanofi Espoir Foundation is providing financial support to the French Red Cross to help the victims and roll out emergency actions.

Teams from the French Red Cross (CRF), the American Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross have conducted evaluations in 51 camps.

 

The chief priority has been to rebuild shelters in the camps and distribute tarpaulins, wood and nails. Cleanup operations were also carried out.

Eleven shelters were immediately rebuilt on August 26 and 41 new rebuilds were planned for the following days. Nine tarpaulins were distributed to families without homes.

Approximately 1,520 families were affected in the emergency camps organized by the CRF.

6,080 people should benefit from an emergency response organized by the association.