Preparations for the beginning of the hurricane season

…The rehabilitation of damaged road sections should allow access to flooded areas and facilitate the passage of humanitarian convoys. During the month of April, military engineers of the Minustah have executed eight projects to help mitigate the effects of recent heavy rains and reduce the risk of effects of future hurricanes. Drainage works were carried out in IDP camps, roads were repaired, bridges strengthened and the irrigation canals were put in place. As an example we can cite Leogane where Korean engineering company has cleaned up an area of approximately 14 kilometers from the river Rouyonne which is usually the cause of floods of this city in the past.”

In addition, last month, the military have conducted an exercise inter-agency of response to natural disasters in the cities of Port-au-Prince, Leogane and the Gonaives. These three cities could be affected during the next hurricane season of 2011. “It was an exercise that brought together participants at national and regional levels. This exercise gave us the opportunity to work together, to learn from our responsibilities in case of natural disasters and how to better coordinate and communicate with each other in the case of a real disaster. It was a success and we expect two more in the coming months.” advised Claire Berthiaume, Lieutenant Commander and Deputy Spokesman of the Minustah. Read more:


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