HAITI / ISAAC AFTERMATH

31-Aug-2012 00:03:00
As tropical storm Isaac moved away, people in poor village inHaiti’s seaside south return to their homes after a successful evacuation. MINUSTAH
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STORY: TRT: 3.00
SOURCE: MINUSTAH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: CREOLE / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 24, 25, 26 AUGUST 2012, JEREMIE, HAITI
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26 AUGUST 2012, MACANDAL AREA, JEREMIE, HAITI

1. Pan right, from sea onto Macandal neighbourhood
2. Med shot, trash on a rock, washed by the sea
3. Wide Shot, makeshift houses and trash on the seaside
4. SOUNDBITE (Creole) Fiman Dieu, evacuated woman:
"Now I am coming home. And I do it because I have to, but I am not feeling comfortable here."
6. Wide shot, people working on top of roofs

25 AUGUST 2012, NORD ALEXIS SCHOOL, JEREMIE, HAITI

7. Pan right, exterior school court yard under heavy rain
8. Close up, Sign Nord Alexis school
9. Wide shot, United Nations Human Rights officer walking towards evacuated people and talking to them
10. SOUNDBITE (French) Igor Reif, Human Rights officer, MINUSTAH:
“We’ve been working together since the beginning. We had many meeting, several times a day. And yes, we are happy. As you can see, despite the rain, we had no victims and people are happy.”

24 AUGUST 2012, UNITED NATIONS REGIONAL OFFICE, JEREMIE, HAITI

11. Med shot, Haitian civil protection officers at the meeting
12. Med shot UN officers at meeting
13. SOUNDBITE (Creole) Guillaume Silvera, Direction of Civil Protection for Grande Anse region:
“We have mobilized vehicles from the state. The Police, MINUSTAH and the Civil Protection, together with the Red Cross have been sensitizing the population a lot before the evacuation. And finally we managed to move them to the Nord Alexis school.”

25 AUGUST 2012, NORBERT ALEXIS SCHOOL, JEREMIE, HAITI

14. Med shot, Red Cross volunteers talking
15. SOUNDBITE (Creole) Emeline Raphaele, regional head, Haitian Red Cross:
“Our plan of action was to sensitize them first. There was a project from the Red Cross called KDV: Kouri Di Voizin (Go and tell your neighbour). So all the focal points were informed and mobilized about the danger threatening the department, and they could get the message across.”
16. Wide Shot, children in the courtyard
17. Med Shot, Fiman talking to her neighbours
18. SOUNDBITE (Creole) Bernadette Benoit, evacuated woman:
“We are happy to be here. We feel secure here together with our children. I wonder what happened to the others who didn’t come.”

26 AUGUST 2012, MACANDAL AREA, JEREMIE, HAITI

19. Wide shot, evacuated people getting ready to get on the back of the truck

25 AUGUST 2012, NORBERT ALEXIS SCHOOL, JEREMIE, HAITI

20. SOUNDBITE (Creole) Jean Muranor DUVERGER, regional director of Social Affairs ministry:
“As you can see, people feel psychologically fine. They are happy about the way they were treated. At the social affairs ministry and at the ministry of women’s rights, we are totally satisfied. We see that people are happy. They said that it would have been a pity not to come here.”
21. Wide shot, people stepping out of bus
22. Pan right, Bernadette leaving bus with her belongings
23. Wide shot, Macandal neighbourhood
24. Close up, clothes on clothesline
25. Med shot, Bernadette hanging clothes
26. SOUNDBITE (Creole) Bernadette Benoit, evacuated woman:
“It feels good to be back home. Because the children were not harmed and I am fine as well.”
27. Med shot, children playing in the street while a biker passes by
STORYLINE
As tropical storm Isaac moved away, people in poor village in Haiti’s seaside south return to their homes after a successful evacuation.

This is Macandal, a poor neighbourhood of Jeremie, in Haiti’s South East region.

Here, people live by the seaside. These houses were built as an extension of Jeremie, without any urban planning and there is a permanent danger of flooding.

Tropical storm Isaac which hit Haiti last Saturday (25 August) is gone and Fiman Dieu can go back home.

SOUNDBITE (Creole) Fiman Dieu, evacuated woman:
"Now I am coming home. And I do it because I have to, but I am not feeling comfortable here. "

As tropical storm Isaac approached Macandal residents were the first ones to be evacuated to this school as a preventive measure.

Priority was given to women and children.

The operation had been organized after months of planning and dry runs.

SOUNDBITE (French) Igor Reif, Human Rights officer, United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti / MINUSTAH:
“We’ve been working together since the beginning. We had many meeting, several times a day. And yes, we are happy. As you can see, despite the rain, we had no victims and people are happy.”

While monitoring the development of Isaac, National and International humanitarian staffs were staying in contact throughout Haiti while planning ahead during the entire process of the storm.

SOUNDBITE (Creole) Guillaume Silvera, Direction of Civil Protection for Grande Anse region:
“We have mobilized vehicles from the state. The Police, MINUSTAH and the Civil Protection, together with the Red Cross have been sensitizing the population a lot before the evacuation. And finally we managed to move them to the Nord Alexis school.”

No one could be forced to evacuate their homes. So, when it came to sensitizing the population, every organization was stepping in and using their tools.

SOUNDBITE (Creole) Emeline Raphaele, regional head of Haitian Red Cross:
“Our plan of action was to sensitize them first. There was a project from the Red Cross called KDV: Kouri Di Voizin (Go and tell your neighbour). So all the focal points were informed and mobilized about the danger threatening the department, and they could get the message across.”

Leaving her place wasn’t easy for Fiman. Luckily she found some neighbours and together they comfort themselves.

SOUNDBITE (Creole) Bernadette Benoit, evacuated woman:
“We are happy to be here. We feel secure here together with our children. I wonder what happened to the others who didn’t come.”

And as tropical storm Isaac moves away, it is time to organize the return of the evacuated people to their home.
MINUSTAH peacekeepers provided transport together with public buses from the civil protection unit

SOUNDBITE (Creole) Jean Muranor DUVERGER, regional director of Social Affairs ministry:
“As you can see, people feel psychologically fine. They are happy about the way they were treated. At the social affairs ministry and at the ministry of women’s rights, we are totally satisfied. We see that people are happy. They said that it would have been a pity not to come here.”

All in all, the south western Grande Anse department only accounted for one casualty, a 7 year old girl, while a total of 650 people were safely evacuated.

Bernadette can now enjoy cleaning and rearranging her home.

SOUNDBITE (Creole) Bernadette Benoit, evacuated woman:
“It feels good to be back home. Because the children were not harmed and I am fine as well.”

In Macandal area things are going back to normal too.

Nationwide Tropical Storm Isaac accounted for 24 victims. But citizens of Haiti have to stay abreast of other possible storms because the hurricane season will officially end on 30 November.
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