An estimated 650,000 people have been affected by the recent storms in Haiti, and 61 have died. Tens of thousands have fled their homes, but food and clean water are scarce, and shelter conditions are poor. Of particular concern are sanitary conditions, as human waste and animal carcasses are contaminating bodies of water.
Oxfam is simultaneously assessing the needs and distributing essential supplies in the department of Nippes, and we are coordinating with local authorities to provide support for six emergency shelters in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. In the hard-hit city of Gonaïves, where lack of access initially thwarted relief efforts, the agency is now supplying families with basic household items and five-gallon containers of clean water.