Update: Effects of Hurricane Sandy in Haiti

The effects of Hurricane Sandy in Haiti are now clear. Sandy was twice as deadly as Hurricane Isaac, which hit Haiti less than two months ago. 54 Haitians have lost their lives because of Hurricane Sandy.

As of October 30, 2012, President Martelly and Prime Minister Lamothe declared a State of emergency throughout Haiti because of the many problems the country now faces after the storm.

The leaders in Haiti must find shelters for the 14,000 families that have lost their homes to flooding and wind damage. These people will also need access to clean water as the number of cholera cases has already begun to increase due to the flooding. Oxfam has received reports of about 150 new cases of cholera since the storm left the Caribbean.

Another major concern for Haitians affected by Hurricane Sandy, and the whole of Haiti, is food security. There has been a spike in food prices, which were already very high in Haiti before the storm. “Most of the agricultural crops that were left from Hurricane Isaac were destroyed during Sandy,” Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe told Reuters. Thousands of acres of crops were destroyed, which will cause food shortages and cripple the economy in southern Haiti.

Haitian Ministry of Agriculture official Jean Debalio Jean-Jacques said the government has not fully computed the economic and agricultural losses of Hurricane Sandy. However, non-profits present in Haiti and government officials are meeting on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, to further assess the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy and to create a strategic plan of action.