St Jean de Sud Haiti Earthquake and Severe Weather: Rapid Environmental Assessment (REA)

BY EDM | 23 SEP 2021
A summary of significant environmental issues facing Haiti in the recovery from the August 2021 earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace.

We are keeping the Haitian people in our thoughts following the destruction and suffering caused by the August 2021 earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace.

Here we offer a brief environmental summary of key issues to support a robust and resilient recovery and reconstruction process.

Key environmental issues:
-- Short-term weather conditions should be monitored and plans developed to protect displaced individuals from additional hazards such as flooding and landslides.
-- The humanitarian footprint must neither overburden local natural resources nor reduce the level of support that disaster survivors can acquire through their own efforts.
-- With relief aid generating waste, paired with disruption to health care waste disposal, systems for safely processing waste should be actively addressed.
-- Effectively managing debris is essential for the recovery process.
-- Temporary shelter efforts should be designed to allow owners to move the materials to another location.
-- Survivors need a combination of income generation options to speed up recovery and improve environmental conditions.
-- Expanded food production and cash assistance programs are necessary.



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