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IRC prepares to respond as Hurricane Sandy lashes Haiti
October 24, 2012 by The IRC
|Hurricane Sandy moves through the Caribbean, October 24, 2012. Photo: NOAA|
As Hurricane Sandy pounds Haiti with heavy rain, the International Rescue Committee is on standby to distribute emergency supplies to Haitians still living in camps in and around Port-au-Prince.
IRC teams have pre-positioned emergency kits that contain plastic sheeting, mosquito nets, flashlights and hygiene items and will distribute the supplies to families as needed.
“We’re also set to carry out a rapid damage assessment to see if shelters or sanitation facilities need repairs,” says Miriam Castaneda, who oversees the IRC’s humanitarian aid programs in Haiti.
Over the past few days, IRC teams have been warning camp residents about the encroaching storm and urging them to reinforce their shelters and secure valuable items.
An estimated 400,000 people made homeless by the 2010 earthquake remain in makeshift shelters.
The IRC provides ongoing assistance to quake survivors and other vulnerable Haitians, including clean water, sanitation, family tracing and reunification, sexual violence prevention and aid, and literacy, learning and skills training programs.
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