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Hurricane Matthew: Veolia involved in the emergency humanitarian mission in Haiti

During the night of 3 to 4 October in Haiti, Hurricane Matthew caused hundreds of victims and destroyed many towns in the south of the country – for example Jérémie has been 80% destroyed. Humanitarian aid is currently on the way to provide help to the victims. France has sent 60 military personnel and 30 tonnes of equipment. The Veolia Foundation is involved in the emergency mission by providing water purifying equipment and mobilizing a Veoliaforce team.

A few days after the passage of devastating Hurricane Matthew, the Veolia Foundation is involved in a humanitarian emergency mission in Haiti, in conjunction with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Haitian authorities. The Foundation has sent 6 Aquaforce 500 mobile water treatment stations and storage equipment, essential for treating drinking water and fighting the spread of cholera.
In addition, a permanent Foundation member and a Veoliaforce volunteer took off for Haiti in order to provide technical support to the team of the NGO ACTED working on the spot. They will also be able to rely on the Veolia teams in Guadeloupe.

Hurricane Matthew : the Veolia Foundation provides relief in Haiti (5.13 MB)

"These six Veolia water treatment stations will allow 12,000 people a day to drink clean water and prevent the spread of cholera," says Frédéric de Saint-Sernin, Directeur général délégué[1] of the NGO ACTED.


"The Veolia Foundation is responsible for installing mobile treatment units and for the training needed to use them for our partner ACTED. Our shared priority is to restore access to drinking water in the areas most affected by the hurricane as soon as possible," says Damien Machuel, Project Manager at the Veolia Foundation.


Emergency equipment sent to Haiti by Veolia:

2 tonnes of equipment were sent by plane:

  • 6 Aquaforce 500 stations with a capacity of 2 m3/h each
  • 6 three cubic meters water storage tank and pumping equipment for transporting water


The Veoliaforce network

Veoliaforce is a network of Veolia employees who are trained volunteers and who provide their skills to emergency missions. Recently Veoliaforce volunteers intervened following the tragic earthquake in Ecuador last May. In Nepal , they came to the aid of people affected by the series of earthquakes in 2015. They have also been engaged for almost 10 years in fighting cholera in Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo.



>The Veolia Foundation and humanitarian emergencies

[1] Deputy Director General