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Haiti: Hurricane Sandy Emergency appeal n° MDRHT010

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Further needs identified during assessments in the affected regions have led to an upward revision of the Appeal budget. This Emergency Appeal now seeks Swiss francs 7,511,993 to support the Haiti Red Cross Society (HRCS) to respond to the humanitarian consequences of Hurricane Sandy and assist 8,000 families outside of the earthquake affected zone (40,000 beneficiaries) for 12 months. The operation will be completed by the end of October 2013. A Final Report will be made available by 31 January 2014 (three months after the end of the operation).

Continuous assessments are currently being carried out in order to define exactly the impact of the hurricane, especially in the most inaccessible areas, and to select the most vulnerable beneficiaries, taking into account the potential synergies within the different elements of the intervention.

Appeal history:

• On 1 November, a Preliminary Emergency Appeal was issued seeking Swiss francs 2,162,206 in cash, kind, or services to support the Haiti Red Cross Society (HRCS) to assist 8,000 families (35,000 beneficiaries) for nine months.

• 150,000 Swiss francs were allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies´ (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 31 October 2012 to support this operation. Un-earmarked funds to replenish the DREF are encouraged.


Although not directly in the path of Hurricane Sandy, Haiti suffered three consecutive days of rain between 23 to 26 October, causing severe flooding in the country, damaging homes, schools, public infrastructure and having a severe effect on livelihoods that were previously impacted by the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac and a prior drought. A total of 33,760 homes were damaged or destroyed and more than 2,298 people were left homeless. Potable water networks and cholera treatment centres were also damaged in the storm, raising the possibility of new cholera outbreaks in the weeks and months ahead. The Government of Haiti estimates that 90,357 hectares of agricultural land which had been spared by Tropical Storm Isaac was destroyed by hurricane Sandy. OCHA further estimates that the combined effects of Tropical Storm Isaac, Hurricane Sandy and the drought earlier on in the year will impact negatively on 1,5 million people who are already food insecure.