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Disaster

This is the section dedicated to disaster taking place in Haiti or affectiong the Haitian population. We report on Hurricane, Flood, earthquake, etc

Senior U.N. Official Cheering an Investigation over Misuse of PetroCaribe Funds

The Haitian government is not happy with the comment made by Susan D. Page, a special representative and head of the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH). As per Haitian foreign minister, Antonio Rodrigue, in last February, Ms. Page exceeded her authority by welcoming an investigation into the alleged misuse of Venezuela-sponsored PetroCaribe funds by the previous Haitian administrations. Ms. Page reportedly made an applaud on the corruption inquiry into the alleged siphoning $2 billion oil loans from Venezuela as PetroCaribe money. These embezzlements happened between 2008 and 2016 under the administrations of former presidents Rene Preval and Michel Martelly. According to minister Rodrigue, Ms. Page's attitude is harmful to the political and institutional stability acquired during the past few years.

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Risk for Hepatitis, Malaria, Typhoid, Cholera, Rabies, Yellow Fever in Haiti

Vaccines protect travelers from serious diseases. Depending on where you travel, you may come into contact with diseases that are rare in your country. It is recommended to get vaccinated at least 4 to 6 weeks before you travel. This will give the vaccines time to start working, so you're protected while you're traveling. Travelers can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Haiti. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends typhoid vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

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Port-Au-Prince, One of the Largest Cities in the World without a Sewage System

Port-au-Prince is about the size of Chicago. There are 987,000 people living in Port-Au-Prince and 2.6 million living in the 'metropolitan' area. But the city doesn't have a central sewage system. Furthermore, an estimated one in five Haitians doesn't have access to any kind of toilet.

In the fall of 2010, months after the devastating earthquake, when cholera first entered Haiti (first time over a century), most likely by the United Nations peacekeeping troops from Nepal, the disease became endemic-- more than a half-million people got sick and at least 7,050 died. The only way to prevent the cholera endemic is to build a network of pipes and waste treatment plants to prevent the infection of food and water supplies.

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Hurricane Florence Took Piles of Haiti's Trash to North Carolina Beaches

When Hurricane Florence hit Carolina on Thursday, September 13, 2018, it was downgraded to a Category One hurricane, but as per CNN Meteorologist Jennifer Gray the momentum of the storm and flooding was almost equal to a Category Four. On the morning of Friday, September 14, the hurricane made landfall as a Category One hurricane over Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, a few miles east of Wilmington and not far from the South Carolina border. The hurricane came ashore with 90-mph winds and punishing storm surge.

A rush of ocean water invaded the streets on the southern end of North Carolina's Hatteras Island on Thursday. The span of the Hurricane-force winds was out for 80 miles and the tropical-storm-force winds reach 195 miles out from the center. The storm's first casualties, which included a mother and her baby were killed when a tree fell on their brick house in Wilmington, North Carolina. The child's father was taken to a hospital. Till today, the death toll from Hurricane Florence has risen to 51-- the last victim was a man, 69, died when he fell from a roof in Pender County on Sept. 22 while cleaning debris.

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Video of Hotel Royal Oasis in the middle of raging fire

Luxurious Hotel Royal Oasis In Petion-Ville

Here is the most revealing video of the Oasis after fire was set on the ground. All the cars parked in the hotel were burned. The cars in Universal Motors were also burned

It has been reported that at least seven people have been killed in Haiti during the protest over a significant rise in gasoline prices. Demonstrators burned tires in the streets, looted several shops and set cars on fire.

With the announcement of the Haitian government to raise fuel price up by 38%, 47% and 51% for gasoline, diesel, and kerosene respectively on July 6, 2018, violent demonstrations broke out across the country. The crowd placed barricades that blocked the main routes and burned many vehicles. They did not spare the beautifully manicured tropical landscape as well as magnificent views of the city. Dense black smoke covered the city. So far, at least seven people killed and dozens of businesses were looted or vandalized. The mob set fire on the most elegant city hotel 'Hotel Royal Oasis' in Port-au-Prince. The hotel is located in the modern and safe neighbourhood of Petion-Ville near many embassies, government agencies and international corporate offices. All the cars parked in the hotel were burned.

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Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to pay Haiti's parametric insurance

As per news reports dated June 7, 2017, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant to Haiti to cover the country's 2017-2018 parametric insurance premiums with CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility). The Bank will provide $3.5 million (for the fifth consecutive year) to meet the cost of the premiums for tropical cyclones, earthquake and excess rainfall coverage on this insurance premium account. CDB has further committed for continual support through regular parametrical insurance premium and other assistance and support mechanisms which aim to build resilience to the impact of natural hazards.

"Parametric Insurance" is a form of catastrophe insurance that covers mostly unusual weather events. It is a type of insurance that does not indemnify the pure loss, but ex ante (before the event) agrees to make a payment upon the intensity on the occurrence of a triggering event. It is a type of insurance, reinsurance or risk transfer arrangement that does not indemnify the full loss for the protection buyer. Under a Parametric Insurance contract, the parameters on which the ultimate payment is calculated normally include a weather or geological observation index, like rainfall over a defined period or average temperature or wind speeds for hurricanes, the intensity of an earthquake at specific locations. The lack of adequate insurance against natural catastrophe is very acute, especially in developing countries. It is a sad reality that the developing nations like Haiti are often the most exposed nations to natural catastrophes and they are also the least equipped to shoulder such losses.

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Fire killed 4 people in one family in Vaillant, Cap-Haitian

Fire at former local Maritime and Navigation Service of Haiti (SEMANAH)

This took place on the night of July 27 and 28, 2016 in Cite Blue Hills in cap-Haitian where 36 year old Anne-Rose Bel-Amour perished in a fire with her two children Nowens Jean age 3 and 4 day old baby Kervens Jean, and another relative, Vedeline Compere who was 6 years old. The origin of the fire has not yet been determined; howeve, according to Horace Jean, the father of the baby, in the room where the fire seems to be originated, there was a lamp and a gallon of gasoline stored there as well. This probably explains why the fire started so quickly without giving anyone there at the time a chance to evacuate

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Flood in Arcahaie, Leogane, Cite Soleil, Cap-Haitian

Haitian woman being carried as her house flooded

It doesn't take much to have flooding in Haiti. Following heavy rains in several municipalities in the country recorded mass flooding yesterday (May 27, 2016). A man died as a result of a landslide in carrefour where over thirty homes have been flooded. Haitian authorities are asking the population in several regions of the country such as Arcahaie, Leogane, Cite Soleil, Cap-Haitian to remain vigilant.

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Flooding in Haiti, four dead, thousands of families affected

Flooding in Haiti, thousands of families affected

Heavy rains on May 7, 8 and night in Haiti have caused death and destructions in Haiti. At Morne Caillot, in Port-de-paix, a man in his 20s along with his wife died as a result of a wall that gave up. Two others were injured in that accident.

The body of a 40 year old man was found in Kolin, after he was drowned in the water of Morne chandel.

In the South, a man in his sixties drowned as he was attempted to cross River Moreau.

In Baraderes, Department of Nippes, a total of 2783 families have been affected by flooding with 2860 homes flooded.

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Ecuador where 30,000 Haitians live, hit by 7.8 magnitude earthquake

Ecuador and Haiti flags

A violent 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador last Sunday morning. The death toll has soared to 272 and Vice President Jorge Glas had estimated that more than 2,527 people were injured. There have been reports of extensive damage in the southwest of the country such as Guayaquil and coastal Manabi Province where it is hard to reach the victims. The cities of Manta, Portoviejo and Pedernales were the most devastation but he entire country is affected.

There is a large Haitian community living in Ecuador and some of them are expected to be among the victims of this 7.8 magnitude earthquake. According to the most recent estimates, more than 30,000 Haitians are living in Ecuador. So far, not many relatives and friends have heard about them.

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