The sky in Port-au-Prince on August 3rd, as Emily approaches Haiti. (Copyright:WFP/Stephanie Tremblay)
Port-au-Prince –As Haitians brace for tropical storm Emily the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has prepositioned life-saving food supplies across the most vulnerable areas of the country and is on standby to begin emergency food distributions if needed.
WFP has enough food supplies positioned in 35 locations to provide emergency food assistance to some 500,000 Haitians for close to a month. In addition, trucks, fuel and temporary warehousing units have been deployed in remote areas and the WFP-led Logistics Cluster is on alert to provide assistance to the Government and the humanitarian community.
“Because of our long experience working in Haiti, we know that food has to be in place ahead of the hurricane season, said Benoit Thiry, acting WFP Representative in Haiti. “This is the only way to reach people quickly if roads become impassable.”
More than a year and a half after the earthquake, more than 600,000 people are still living in camps.
“The camp population is extremely vulnerable and we have to make sure that this storm does not push more Haitians into hunger,” added Benoit Thiry. “Families are struggling to get back on their feet following the 2010 earthquake, he added. They also have to cope with food prices that have been on the rise since the end of last year.”
The storm is still making its way over Haiti, and latest information suggests the country’s Southern peninsula will be the worst affected. Following heavy rains, Port-au-Prince and other areas of the country are also vulnerable to flooding and landslides. WFP teams are ready to provide immediate assistance in the main cities, but also in remote areas, in close collaboration with Haitian authorities and WFP’s partners in the country’s 10 departments.
WFP’s emergency preparedness in Haiti has been made possible by the generosity of its donors and WFP is counting on their support throughout the hurricane season and beyond to help Haitians rebuild their lives following the devastating 2010 earthquake.