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Haiti In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy

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After Hurricane Sandy arrived on the heels of two other extreme weather events, the number of food insecure people in Haiti increased to 1.5 million. WFP is working to address those immediate food needs through food distributions.

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A severe drought earlier this year and Tropical Storm Isaac both caused irreversible crop damage for the farmers. Now, fields are flooded after Hurricane Sandy struck the area in October.

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Germaine Louis, who is from a village south of Port-Au-Prince, says that with her field having been damaged by Sandy, she does not know how she will make ends meet now. Many others like her who depended on agriculture will be targeted with food assistance to help them recover their livelihoods before another planting season begins in December.

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Throughout the rest of November, WFP is planning to reach a total of 100,000 people with almost 800 tons of food, including locally-purchased cereals.

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In some areas, farmers were able to start working their land again after water had receded.

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After decades of deforestation, Haiti was made even more vulnerable to the effects of a storm of Sandy's force. With less tree cover on mountainsides, heavy rains caused flooding and landslides.

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With a strong and capable logistics team, WFP is able to work with government authorities and its partners to provide food assistance to thousands who have lost their homes, crops and livelihoods to Hurrican Sandy.

After Hurricane Sandy hit Haiti with intense rains causing flooding, many farmers have lost their livelihoods, and  the number of food insecure people has risen to 1.5 million. WFP is working to meet these needs with food assistance.