UN braces half a million in Haiti for storm threat

first_img Relief agencies on 2 November stepped up emergency plans to protect up to 500,000 Haitians from a tropical storm forecast to hit the country amid fears that it could also help the cholera epidemic spread. “The UN in Haiti, MINUSTAH (peacekeeping force), are setting up an emergency plan designed to cope with Hurricane Tomas, which is approaching the island and could affect up to half a million people,” said UN spokeswoman Corinne Momal Vanian. Some of the 1.3 million homeless quake victims have been evacuated from flimsy makeshift camps in the Port-au-Prince area, while food supplies for 1.1 million people as well as shelter and medical supplies were pre-positioned. International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesman Jean Philippe Chauzy said the storm “could aggravate the cholera epidemic” if it hit the country by helping the waterborne bacterial disease spread into Port-au-Prince. Haiti has already suffered the double blow this year of a devastating earthquake that leveled parts of the capital, killing 250,000 people, in January, as well as an unprecedented cholera epidemic that has infected more than 4,700 people further north and killed 337 since late October. Hurricane Tomas has been downgraded to a tropical storm and was tracking westwards about 250 kilometers south of Port-au-Prince, but local forecasters predicted it would swing northwards and reach Haiti on 5 November, the World Meteorological Organization said. WMO meteorologist Christian Blondin nonetheless added a note of caution about the high margin of error of such hurricane forecasts. Aid agencies still fear the impact of a tropical storm, even if it brushes the island with lashings of rain. The IOM also raised concerns about the vulnerability of open latrines and untreated water supplies in the city’s slums. Southwestern coastal towns of Jacmel and Leogane were the most exposed to the storm, the UN humanitarian coordination office (OCHA) warned. By Dialogo November 03, 2010last_img read more

“Bring a Book and Take a Book” moves to Roseau Market tomorrow

first_img Share EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondaryTertiary “Bring a Book and Take a Book” moves to Roseau Market tomorrow by: – July 29, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 61 Views   no discussions Tweet In photo: Participants at the 2010 Book Exchange inPortsmouth. Photo credit: Nature Island Literary Festival.The Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair will be holding another book exchange under the slogan, “Bring a Book and Take a Book” at the Roseau Market this Saturday, 30th July, from 6.00am to 10.00am.This Book Fair is organized to provide an opportunity to people to exchange books and buy new and second-hand books.The organisers are hopeful that people will enjoy this innovative book exchange, and participate in large numbers.Papillote Press who is the sponsor of the event says: “We want people to bring books that they no longer want and find something new that they do want to read. If you bring one book, you take one book; bring five books, you take five books. It’s as simple as that.”There will also be local poets performing their dynamic poems, and an open mic for anyone who would like to bring a poem and perform their own work.On Saturday 16th July, 2011 the Nature Island Literary Festival and Book Fair held a book exchange at the Portsmouth Market which was very well attended and dubbed a success.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more