For Immediate Release
ACF Mobilizes Emergency Response to Crisis In Haiti
Concern Mounts For Catastrophic Situation In Haiti After Three Successive Hurricanes
Port au Prince, Haiti - The humanitarian aid organization Action Against Hunger/Action Contre la Faim (ACF)
is gravely concerned about the catastrophic situation that Haiti, and
the city of Gonaives in particular, faces after the passage of three
Torrential rains and heavy winds have continued to batter Haiti for
more than two weeks, accompanying the three hurricanes Gustav, Hanna
and Ike. Gonaives remains very difficult to access due to complete
flooding and the destruction of many facilities in the city.
Action Against Hunger Mobilizes an Emergency Team
Against Hunger--which intervened in Gonaives in 2004 following the
devastating passage of Tropical Storm Jeanne--is currently working in
northwestern Haiti on water, sanitation and nutrition projects. This
team, focused around Port-de-Paix, has supplied the city's population
with water during the past week as they took refuge in shelters during
Some members of the emergency team left Paris last Friday to
reinforce those already on the ground. Other personnel (logisticians
and water and sanitation specialists) will join them on Wednesday to
help the disaster victims in Gonaives as quickly as possible.
ACF Activates its "Contingency Plan" in Haiti
Several years ago, Action Against Hunger established a local Emergency
Plan in the event of natural disasters, which are unfortunately
recurrent during the hurricane season. Supplies for water and
sanitation relief (motor-pumps, flexible water tanks, water taps,
treatment stations, etc.) were pre-stocked in Port-au-Prince and
Port-de-Paix. This equipment will be transported to Gonaives as soon as
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Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF), an international relief and development organization committed to saving the lives of malnourished children and families, provides sustainable access to safe water and long-term solutions to hunger. For nearly three decades, ACF has pursued its vision of a world without hunger by combating hunger in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity.