Haiti on high alert as Tropical storm Isaac approaches

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Emergency response teams have been put on high alert in Haiti, Dominican Republic and Cuba as the countries brace for Tropical Storm Isaac which is expected to make land fall this week-end.

United Nations aid agencies estimate that up to 800,000 are at risk and may require emergency relief assistance.

The UN World Food Programme(WFP) estimates that up to half a million people in Haiti including 300,000 people still living in makeshift tented camps in the capital Port Au Prince may require assistance in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

Jens Laerk from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) explains some of the contingency measures being put in place in Haiti.

"With strong winds and rains forecast over most of the country, the Haitian directorate of civil protection has taken a number of measures including partially activating the national emergency operation center; the directorate has asked OCHA to ensure that all partners involved in humanitarian assistance are mobilized and available in their various areas of activity. Humanitarian agencies have started updating and pre positioning their stocks in metropolitan areas and in departments across the country. Some examples of emergency supplies in country include emergency food supplies for 35,000 people, shelter material for 35,000 families, water treatment supplies for 400,000 people, and emergency health kits and cholera response kits for up to 75,000 people."

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