September 07, 2017 17:51

Haiti: Alliance2015 partners prepare for superstorm Irma

Preparation for emergency distribution in Paillant, Haiti, 2016. © Thomas Rommel for Welthungerhilfe

A massive category 5 hurricane is expected over northern Haiti in the night from 7 to 8 September. Alliance2015 members are joining forces to respond to the disaster and help vulnerable populations affected by it.

Irma will bring heavy winds of up to 290 kilometres an hour, and cause unprecedented damage to a country that is among the poorest in the world, with a severe hunger situation (see Global Hunger Index), and is still barely recovering from last year’s hurricane Matthew. Flooding, landslides and the destruction of infrastructure are inevitable, and as usual will hit most vulnerable populations the hardest. Alliance2015 member Welthungerhilfe, which has been active in Haiti since 1974 and currently supports 20 projects in the country, is mobilising all possible resources to respond to the storm.   

Travel to the areas most at risk, such as Ouanaminthe and Jean-Rabel, is no longer possible, but Welthungerhilfe teams are on stand-by to reach there by Saturday at the latest. The logistical challenge of bringing emergency supplies to Haiti, parts of which are difficult to access, is very high. It is all the more important to work together to help people affected by the coming disaster. Alliance2015 partners ACTED, Cesvi, Concern and HELVETAS are also on the ground and will support Welthungerhilfe with personnel and emergency aid to facilitate the distribution of food and hygiene packs and drinking water. Emergency shelters will also be made available.