Death toll reaches 820 in Haiti
PUERTO PRINCIPE, Haiti – The death toll in Haiti by hurricane Mathew on Friday soared to 820, according to the Haitian government.
Four days after Matthew unload its fury against this impoverished nation, the magnitude of what happened today is just beginning to be known, because many southern areas are most affected, still staying without electricity or telephone services.
Emergency agencies continue to reach communities severely affected by the phenomenon, while dozens of injured people have started to reach the capital, Port au Prince, from Dame Marie town in the south.
Most deaths have been reported in Les Cayes, Jeremie and Marie Dame Cathedral, in the South.
The Haitian government has said that the situation is catastrophic in the south of the country and has appealed for international aid.
“The destruction is very significant,” said interim president of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert, who said that many countries have offered assistance to Haiti, which has not yet recovered since the ravages of the 2010 earthquake that left some 300,000 dead, a similar number of wounded and 1.5 million homeless.
“For now we are trying to improve the emergency and the government is working on all sides,” he said.
They have also called for an urgent international mobilization, some NGOs expressed concern today reg. the worsening humanitarian crisis in Haiti after Hurricane.
In a statement, Oxfam Intermón considered urgent ensure of clean water and sanitation to prevent diseases like cholera epidemic that hit the country after the 2010 earthquake spread.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said they are preparing for a possible increase of cholera in Haiti, where this year have already reported more than 28,500, due to the impact of severe flooding in water infrastructure and sanitation.
Source: Detras del Rumor
Oct 7, 2016
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