Haiti needs ‘massive response’ to halt cholera crisis after Matthew: U.N.

A child sick with cholera receives medical assistance at Saint Antoine hospital in Jeremie, Haiti, on Monday Oct. 10. (PHOTO: EPA)

Many parts of Haiti devastated by Hurricane Matthew were still without aid early Tuesday Oct. 11, as the U.N. launched an emergency appeal for almost $120 milion in life-saving help for 750,000 survivors at risk of starvation or cholera.

A child sick with cholera receives medical assistance at Saint Antoine hospital in Jeremie, Haiti, on Monday Oct. 10. (PHOTO: EPA)
A child sick with cholera receives medical assistance at Saint Antoine hospital in Jeremie, Haiti, on Monday Oct. 10. (PHOTO: EPA)


NBC News reported aid is trickling into the impoverished nation, where as many as 1,000 people were killed by last week’s 145 mph winds and at least a dozen more have died from disease.

“Some towns and villages have been almost wiped off the map,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters late Monday. “Tensions are already mounting as people await help. A massive response is required. U.N. teams are working with local officials to assess needs.”

In total, the U.N. says 1.4 million Haitians are in need of assistance out of 2.1 million affected by the hurricane.

Officials at the Civil Protection Agency’s headquarters in Port-au-Prince on Monday raised the official death toll from Matthew to 372, including at least 198 deaths in Grand-Anse. But other local officials have said the toll in Grand-Anse alone tops 500. An earlier Reuters tally based on local officials put the figure at over 1,000.

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Source: nbcnews.com







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