Suriname Relief: UNICEF & PADRU in Suriname, WFP & OCHA Arriving Shortly
UNICEF's team are now in affected areas while the Pan American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU) have set up base at the Suriname Red Cross (SRC) Operations Center and are coordinating relief efforts with local NGOs regarding the distribution of aid. The World Food Programme (WFP) have activated their regional emergency response mechanism -- Latin America & Caribbean Emergency Response Network (LACERN ) and their staff are currently mobilizing to Suriname. The WFP team who are arriving in the country, early on Monday morning (15th May) will be assisting aid operations with logistical coordination and civilian military cooperation while carrying out emergency food security assessments in affected areas.
Although an air bridge to Suriname from French Guyana has been started up yesterday with aid flights operating continuously throughout the day, much of the most affected areas in Boven-Suriname and Marowijne are yet to recieve aid and help. Due to the lack of clean drinking water and proper santiation facilities, the survivors in these areas fear the outbreak of widespread sicknesses such as cholera and diarrhoea especially since human waste has been already been seen as floating in the water. A volunteer embedded with the Suriname Red Cross says one of the main reasons that the relief assistance is very slow is because communication networks are down in almost all the affected villages and it is very hard to make contact. 40 helicopter flights which costs approximately $1,250 US per hour have been sponsored by various members of the business community in the country and Suriname Airlines has offered to transport and deliver 1,000 kilos of aid freight to disaster zones.
Tags: [Americas/Suriname] [Floods]