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  • EXPERT VIEWS-What are Haiti's humanitarian needs after Hurricane Matthew?

    Source: http://news.trust.org/item/201610052...urce=dpagehead


    EXPERT VIEWS-What are Haiti's humanitarian needs after Hurricane Matthew?
    by Sebastien Malo | @SebastienMalo | Thomson Reuters Foundation
    Wednesday, 5 October 2016 22:20 GMT

    By Sebastien Malo

    NEW YORK, Oct 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hurricane Matthew, which slammed into Haiti this week, has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the impoverished nation since a devastating earthquake hit six years ago, according to the United Nations.

    The storm ripped through Haiti on Tuesday, causing heavy flooding and knocking down houses.

    Citing Haitian authorities, a spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at least 350,000 people needed immediate assistance.

    The full impact remained unclear, however, with communications down in many of the worst-affected areas...

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    DAILY NEWS 10 October 2016

    Haiti faces famine and disease in aftermath of hurricane

    Haiti is bracing itself for a surge in starvation and disease after hurricane Matthew hit the west of the country on 4 October. Nearly 1000 people have been killed by the storm itself, but the death toll could rise sharply as the knock-on effects of the devastation take hold.
    ...
    The World Food Programme is rushing in emergency food aid, in some cases via slow boats and expensive helicopters as roads and bridges have been washed away.
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    “We fear that Matthew will bring a tsunami of cholera cases unseen since post-earthquake days,” says aid group Operation Blessing...

    “I am expecting that this hurricane will increase cholera rates, and also cholera death rates if the floods cut off access to treatment facilities,” says David Sack of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. “A patient with severe cholera needs treatment within just a few hours.”

    Some people carry the bacteria without falling ill, so refugees can also spread the disease. More than 60,000 people have been displaced by the storm.
    ...
    https://www.newscientist.com/article...-of-hurricane/
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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      Haiti reeling after Hurricane Matthew destruction
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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        Source: http://reliefweb.int/report/haiti/ha...4-october-2016


        Haiti: Hurricane Matthew - Situation Report No. 10 (14 October 2016)
        Report
        from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
        Published on 14 Oct 2016 — View Original
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        Highlights

        546 dead, 438 injured, and 128 missing

        2.1 million people are affected throughout the country

        750,000 people, including 315,000 children, need urgent humanitarian aid for the next three months

        112,500 children under age five are at risk of acute malnutrition

        100 per cent of crops destroyed in Grand’Anse

        Education is disrupted for 106,250 children

        Situation Overview

        Hurricane Matthew, which violently struck parts of Haiti on 4 October, resulted in the largest humanitarian emergency since the 2010 earthquake. It caused extensive flooding and mudslides, damage to road infrastructure and buildings, and electricity and water shortages. As of 14 October 2016, the Directorate of Civil Protection (CPD) of Haiti had confirmed 546 deaths, 438 injuries and 128 people missing...

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          Source: http://reliefweb.int/report/haiti/si...manitarian-aid

          Situation update: 70% of the population in the Sud and Grand’Anse need immediate humanitarian aid
          Report
          from Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development
          Published on 19 Oct 2016

          Hurricane Matthew, which hit the southwestern tip of Haiti on October 4, affected 1.4 million people. Those affected make up 20% of the total Haitian population. In the Sud and the Grand’Anse, the areas that were the hardest hit, 100% of the population were affected. Up to 70% of the populations of the two departments (840,000 persons) are in need of immediate humanitarian aid. Houses were flattened to the ground, roofs of standing houses were snapped, and access routes to the most remote regions of Grand’Anse remain cut off. Fields and plantations were destroyed and needs are significant. Food reserves are already very limited and the destruction of crops could lead to food insecurity in the months to come, not only in the hardest hit areas, but also in the other parts of the island. Today, families don’t have access to clean water and are drinking unsafe rainwater to relieve their thirst, exposing themselves to the risk of cholera. Cholera is a real threat in the disaster-stricken areas of Haiti. A number of cases have already been identified...

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