22 Mar '12, 11am

World Water Day 2012: Monitoring Watersheds to Reduce Flood Risks in Haiti

World Water Day 2012: Monitoring Watersheds to Reduce Flood Risks in Haiti

World Water Day 2012: Monitoring Watersheds to Reduce Flood Risks in Haiti Thu, Mar 22, 2012 Port Salut (Haiti), 22 March 2012 - With Haiti's rainy season looming, efforts are being stepped up to improve real-time monitoring in the flood-prone Port-à-Piment watershed in the south of the country to reduce the disaster risk for local communities. Last October, major floods in the area left some communities completely isolated and forced to rely on emergency deliveries of food and medical supplies via helicopter. Further Resources UNEP in Haiti Côte Sud Initiative World Water Day 2012 As Haiti's South Department is mountainous and its steep slopes are severely deforested, there is little protection from heavy rains which flow into the many rivers, causing flash flooding and sweeping soil and sediment - and often crops, livelihoods and personal property - into the sea. The Uni...

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