France mobilized to help Haiti in wake of hurricane
Press briefing by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesman (excerpts)
Paris, 10 October 2016
Haiti – French humanitarian assistance
Following the devastating passage of Hurricane Matthew through Haiti, French humanitarian assistance is en route to the country.
A cargo plane will arrive in Haiti during the night of 10 to 11 October, carrying 68.5 tonnes of cargo, a portion of which is being supplied by five French NGOs (Medair, Médecins du Monde, Première Urgence Internationale, Solidarités International and Secours Islamique France). Among other things, it will deliver two water purification stations, 13 tonnes of emergency relief supplies (water pumps, jerry cans, tarpaulins, etc.) and six water treatment units and their transport solutions, provided by the Véolia Foundation and deployed with the support of Acted. The cargo will also include cholera treatment kits provided by EPRUS [Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Agency].
A second plane, provided by the Airbus Foundation, will take off on 11 October, with 25 tonnes of cargo on board provided by Action Against Hunger, teams from the Véolia Foundation and 28 armed forces emergency services officers who will operate the water treatment and purification stations.
In addition, France has decided to increase its food assistance for Haiti as a matter of urgency: an additional €150,000 has been released for that purpose.
The priority areas for French assistance will be identified together with the Haitian authorities so that deliveries can begin on 11 October. This French humanitarian assistance will be delivered in close coordination with the Haitian authorities and in cooperation with the EU. (…)./.
Paris, 7 October 2016
Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti very hard on 4 and 5 October. It caused many casualties and a huge amount of damage.
The French President expresses his sympathy and support to the Haitian people, who have already suffered so much in recent years.
The Head of State has called for France to mobilize all the resources available to deploy emergency aid very quickly, in coordination with our European partners and the international community.
On 5 October, at the Haitian authorities’ request, a Falcon 50 belonging to the armed forces in Martinique carried out reconnaissance flights to assess the damage caused by the bad weather, particularly on infrastructure necessary for delivering humanitarian aid to the victims.
The most urgent thing is now to supply drinking water to the population and pre-empt health risks. A plane will be chartered to transport 60 armed forces emergency service personnel and 32 tonnes of equipment, including two water treatment stations, medical kits and humanitarian and first aid equipment. Two senior French firefighters are also going to Port-au-Prince today to support the Haitian authorities./.
Press briefing given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesman (excerpt)
Paris, 7 October 2016
Haiti – Humanitarian assistance in the wake of Hurricane Matthew (7 October)
France is stepping up its humanitarian assistance for Haiti as a result of the needs assessment carried out in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development’s crisis and support centre, which is coordinating this action with that of all of the humanitarian actors involved, is chartering a special plane to transport two water treatment stations and 60 sécurité civile [emergency services] experts, cholera treatment kits as well as emergency relief supplies.
The two Ecureuil helicopters provided by the Airbus Helicopters Foundation can be used to transport medical and emergency equipment to the isolated areas of Haiti.
France reaffirms its support for and solidarity with the Haitian government and people at this difficult time./.