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Haitian exodus to the DR

According to preliminary reports, more than 800 people were killed after Hurricane Matthew devastated the south of Haiti. As aid is being sent in to help the victims, the pressure on the border with the Dominican Republic has also begun as large numbers of Haitians seek to cross. The military forces are finding it a challenge to completely control the border.*

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health declared the Dominican-Haitian border on epidemiological alert. Manase Peña, former president of the Dominican Medical Association in the northern region, told Listin Diario that flooding anywhere in the world may lead to the spread of infectious diseases such as cholera, malaria, leptospirosis, dengue and chikungunya, along with respiratory and skin problems. Peña said that cholera was under control in Haiti, but the flooding may cause a renewed outbreak.*

He said that after losing their humble dwellings, many Haitians would try to migrate and others would travel in search of medical assistance but would end up staying in the country.*

Members of the army and the specialized border corps (Cesfront) report that they are returning large numbers of Haitians trying to cross the border illegally.*

Several would-be migrants were quoted as saying that they wanted to settle in the DR because they have no social protection in Haiti.*

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Oct 1, 2016

Category: DR News |

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