Via ReliefWeb, an OCHA report: Haiti: Hurricane Matthew - Situation Report No. 31 (09 January 2016). Excerpt from the situation overview:
Following the arrest of senator-elect Guy Philippe, on 05 January, many demonstrations and road blocks were reported in Jeremie (Grand’Anse). As a result, on 06 January, humanitarian operations in GrandeAnse were either temporally suspended or limited and non-essential staffs were advised to stay at home. The situation remains volatile but it is also under observations by all the key humanitarian partners so that it is not affecting the ongoing humanitarian response in Grand’Anse. Plans for daily demonstration in Jeremie from today till 14th January were communicated to the PNH by supporters of the arrested senator-elect.
Local authorities continue to push for a fully reestablishment of schools and have projected the resumption of school year on 09 January, as a new milestone to ensure the return of all children to school, is effective. A series of meetings were held in Jeremie during the past week with humanitarian partners to discuss the possibility of assisting the families that still sheltered in the schools and facilitate the resumption of courses for thousands of students.
A total of 10 schools were initially identified in the department of Grand’Anse (some with a very little caseload) and the humanitarian actors agreed to focus on 6 schools (5 in Jeremie and 1 in Pestel) with significant caseload, totaling 429 families. Due to the short timeframe to vacate the schools, it was identified a temporary shelter where the most vulnerable could be hosted while partners worked on durable solutions. The DPC and Mayor suggested few options (empty plots of land, other empty collective shelter) and humanitarian partners including IOM, ACTED, JPHRO outlined the strategy/methodology to carry out this relocation. WFP will include the target population of the school in their second round distribution which will be in cash and UNICEF is preparing with partners to rehabilitate the schools once vacated.
The urgency is even stronger as not all children have returned in the schools that have opened. A risk of clashes between students and people displaced in schools remains high appealing to an urgent relocation of families in order to carry out the sanitation and rehabilitation of schools. In fact, following extensive evaluation in Grand’Anse, it also revealed that education is still affected by the important number of schools destroyed or damaged by the hurricane. 175 schools were completely destroyed and 137 damaged (public and non-public schools) representing another challenge for the restart of education in the region.