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United Nations Calls for Aid in Haiti
« on: October 12, 2016, 01:11:49 AM »

A humanitarian crisis has engulfed Haiti that requires a 'massive response' for North America's poorest country, the UN says. A cholera epidemic is sweeping the Caribbean island nation following Hurricane Matthew.

United Nations aid chief Stephen O'Brien says the strongest Caribbean hurricane since 2010 has triggered the worst humanitarian crisis in the country since the 2010 earthquake. The UN has launched a $120 million (108.3 million-euro) flash appeal to cover Haiti's needs for the next three months.
Reports of suffering among survivors of the storm that has officially killed at least 372 people are widespread. Local officials suggest the death toll is much higher; estimates around Grand-Anse top 500 in that region alone.

Shortage of life-saving medicine

On the western tip of the island there have been reports of 300 patients with festering wounds lying silently on beds at the main hospital in the seaside village of Dame Marie. There is a shortage of medicine including pain killers for surgery and antibiotics for infection.
"There's no water, no antibiotics," Dr. Herby Jean said. "Everything is depleted. We hear helicopters flying overhead, but we're not getting anything.
The UN's World Food Program has tapped into food stocks previously set aside for schools to feed hundreds of desperate families, World Food Programme (WFP) spokesman Alexis Masciarelli said. Some 26 more tons of food have been moved into the area and more was on its way to Les Cayes, the other major city affected on the peninsula, he said.


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