UN / HAITI HUMANITARIAN UPDATE

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UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ramesh Rajasingham stressed the need, “as an imperative, to build a risk awareness and reduction into the reconstruction effort" in Haiti UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 02 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

02 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“More than two weeks after the earthquake, humanitarian assistance is reaching those most in need in greater efficiency and speed, facilitated by enhanced government coordination and robust efforts to negotiate increased humanitarian access into hard-to-reach areas. Affected communities struggling to cope with the quake’s impact continue to receive assistance to address growing needs in emergency shelter, food, safe water and sanitation, and protection services.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

3. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

02 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“The Prime Minister was instrumental in facilitating safe passage of relief convoys to the worst affected areas along the main arteries that are frequently controlled by gangs. I’m pleased to say that as of yesterday, a total of 14 convoys representing 155 vehicles, including 104 trucks, have managed to deliver much needed humanitarian assistance to affected populations in the south.”

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5. Wide shot, UN flag outside headquarters

02 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“While the humanitarian community welcomes the efforts of all stakeholders in negotiating access to the worst-affected areas, this access will need to be sustained long-term. Particularly considering the lack of air and sea assets available to reach affected people in the aftermath of the subsequent disasters they have been affected by year after year.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

7. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

02 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ramesh Rajasingham, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“We must avoid being confronted with same bottlenecks and challenges seen in previous emergencies. We do need, as an imperative, to build a risk awareness and reduction into the reconstruction effort.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

9. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

STORYLINE:

UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ramesh Rajasingham stressed the need, “as an imperative, to build a risk awareness and reduction into the reconstruction effort" in Haiti.

Speaking today (02 Sep) at a virtual briefing on the humanitarian situation in Haiti, Rajasingham said the 7.2 magnitude earthquake which struck Haiti on 14 August severely affected the southwest of the country with rural and hard-to-reach areas the most affected.

The UN official, who just returned from a visit to Haiti, said he saw first-hand how long the road to recovery will be and noted that, Even though less catastrophic than the 2010 earthquake, the impact of this earthquake has been overwhelming and heart-wrenching.

Rajasingham said the most recent reports show that at least 2207 have perished, with 320 people still missing and over 12,268 injured. He said more than 130,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed, and to make matters worse, tropical storm Grace hit the same areas affected by earthquake a few days later adding to plight of the victims and briefly impeding search and rescue operations.

The Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs said, “More than two weeks after the earthquake, humanitarian assistance is reaching those most in need in greater efficiency and speed, facilitated by enhanced government coordination and robust efforts to negotiate increased humanitarian access into hard-to-reach areas. Affected communities struggling to cope with the quake’s impact continue to receive assistance to address growing needs in emergency shelter, food, safe water and sanitation, and protection services.”

Rajasingham said Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry was “instrumental in facilitating safe passage of relief convoys to the worst affected areas along the main arteries that are frequently controlled by gangs.” He reported that, as of yesterday, a total of 14 convoys representing 155 vehicles, including 104 trucks, have managed to deliver much needed humanitarian assistance to affected populations in the south.

The Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator said the 187 million USD flash appeal for Haiti is to provide life-saving assistance to 500,000 Haitians. He added that while humanitarian aid is making a difference in the country, more needs to be done.
Rajasingham said the volatile security situation and humanitarian access constraints remain some of the main challenges to aid delivery in Haiti and continue to create significant difficulties for national authorities and humanitarian partners.

He said, “While the humanitarian community welcomes the efforts of all stakeholders in negotiating access to the worst-affected areas, this access will need to be sustained long-term. Particularly considering the lack of air and sea assets available to reach affected people in the aftermath of the subsequent disasters they have been affected by year after year.”

Rajasingham said, “We must avoid being confronted with same bottlenecks and challenges seen in previous emergencies. We do need, as an imperative, to build a risk awareness and reduction into the reconstruction effort.”

The UN official noted that years of development gains have been wiped out, but donor support will be instrumental to connect the flash appeal to longer-time reconstruction efforts which will include strong risk-reduction. He stressed that the Haitian people do not deserve to receive humanitarian assistance only following disasters year after year.
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