These are the very latest, preliminary statistics that have just been made available to us today. Note that this is Jérémie Commune only, and does not include the more rural communities surrounding Jérémie.
- There are 191 confirmed deaths so far in Jérémie Commune;
- There are 9,000 reported injuries so far;
- 100,020 people are reported as homeless, including many infants and children;
- 16,500 houses were completely destroyed; 35,000 were severely damaged, and another 65,000 houses are intact, but damaged and vulnerable;
- Nearly all of the livestock died, including goats, cows, mules, dogs and cats.
HHF has been sending medical teams into the mountain villages to assess needs and provide medical care. The progress is slow, as roads have been heavily damaged and are blocked by many downed trees and enormous amounts of hurricane debris so HHF has given money to local, trusted organizations to clear the roads. HHF has already reached several of the 105 rural villages under our umbrella of care, although there are many more we have been unable to physically access. As we reach them we expect there will be severe injuries, illness, and many deaths in these remote locations.
The Center of Hope is serving as a base of operations, seeing 500 patients a day. In addition to HHF’s continuing day to day care for maternal and child health, and pre and post natal care, 300 people are coming into the field clinic for urgent and emergent care daily.
Cholera and typhoid are already becoming epidemic in greater Jérémie, with 70 confirmed cases of cholera as of October 13. If help does not reach the villages quickly, we can expect this number to reach into the thousands.
90% of crops are gone, and food prices have doubled; in some cases, they’ve tripled. Gasoline is now $10/gallon. We are anticipating that much of the area will descend into famine unless they are helped soon.
HHF has been on the ground, in Jérémie, for over 30 years. We have an excellent relationship with the people of Jérémie, and a well-developed network that reaches far into the community.
People are very hungry and desperate, and naturally, there have been reports of violence in areas where supplies are being mass distributed, so HHF is being highly strategic in providing food and water in order to keep both our staff, and the people we serve, safe.
HHF’s staff is working around the clock to distribute food packets to the neediest. Over the past 24 hours, we have delivered one-week food rations to 600 families (enough for average 5 per family). Food distribution will continue on a weekly basis, to keep food from spoiling due to lack of refrigeration, and to keep the recipients safe from food shortage related violence. We are expanding our distribution to reach more and more families, and will continue to do so if we have the resources available.
To date, the 227 children in every orphanage that we can reach have been visited by HHF staff bringing food and medical care. HHF’s Save-a-Family recipients and other vulnerable families are being checked in and assisted.
The resilience of the Haitian people continues to strengthen us. Although sick, homeless, and on the verge of starvation, they continue to display optimism and hope. To continue to care for the people of Jérémie, HHF needs your help.