Baradere, Haiti © Deutsches Rotes Kreuz
08/11/2012 - In response to serious damages caused by Hurricane Sandy in the Caribbean, the European Commission released €6 million to bring immediate relief to the most vulnerable population severely affected by the hurricane in Haiti and Cuba.
In Haiti and Cuba, crops and harvests are heavily devastated, causing fears of food insecurity, while houses and infrastructures have been extensively destroyed. The European Commission's emergency funding will address the immediate priorities: providing food and basic household items to those affected, repairing houses and basic infrastructure such as hospitals, restoring electricity and water services, to insure access to safe water and avoid epidemic of water borne diseases. This €6 million funding will also be used to restore local agriculture, thanks to the distribution of seeds and tools to farmers.
The Caribbean is amongst the most exposed regions in the world to natural hazards such as hurricanes, floods, landslides, mudslides and earthquakes. The European Commission is committed to helping the Caribbean communities to deal with disasters when they strike and also to be better prepared for the next natural hazard.
On October 24, Hurricane Sandy ripped its way northwards in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas before reaching the United States on October 30. Cuba and Haiti are the worst hit countries, with respectively 3 and 1.5 million people affected; the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the United States also suffered important damages.