Aid arrives in Haiti, but desperation grows in cut-off towns

Bull River Yacht Club Dock Master Robert Logan leaves the dock after finishing up storm preparations as Hurricane Matthew makes its way up the East Coast Friday Oct. 7 2016 in Savannah Ga. Authorities warned that the danger was far from over with
Aid arrives in Haiti, but desperation grows in cut-off towns
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11 October, 2016

In North Carolina, where at least seven people died, Governor Pat McCrory pleaded for outside help, asking the country not to be too distracted by the U.S. presidential campaign, now transfixed by a 2005 video of U.S. Republican nominee Donald Trump making vulgar comments about women.

"A massive response is required", UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters.

But the destruction was on another level in Haiti, where thousands of homes were flattened, crops were destroyed, and critical infrastructure was left in tatters. "The country has in many areas not even rebuilt from the natural disaster so we have a great love from the Haitian people and we just want to give in anyway we can", Cottone said. Even now, after the storm has passed, people are still helpless because of the devastation left in its wake. "I've been working for the last three days straight", he said, adding that he is earning about 80p a day.

The UN's humanitarian co-ordinator in Haiti, Mourad Wahba, said: "We are not far from having one million people who are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance".

In the Caribbean, much of the damage was concentrated in Haiti, where the death toll was said to have reached 1,000, Reuters reported. He is due to present a new response to cholera in Haiti this month.

At a badly damaged hospital in Jeremie, cholera patients were quarantined in makeshift huts and workers furiously cut plywood to make more beds.

A resident walks amidst damaged buildings and debris in a seaside fishing neighborhood nearly completely destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, in Port Salut, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.

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"The United Nations is mobilizing across all fronts to support the people, the Government and local groups such as the Red Cross in getting recovery under way as quickly as possible". The U.N. Secretary General is calling for all nations to step up. Mud from overflowing rivers covered the ground.

"Every day that goes by increases the threat of cholera".

"We are waiting for more personnel, more supplies, including intravenous bags, medicines and cleaning products", he said.

As more information trickles in from the once out-of-reach remote areas of Haiti, the world is beginning to understand the full repercussion of Hurricane Matthew's blow. An ongoing cholera outbreak has already killed roughly 10,000 people and sickened more than 800,000 since 2010, when the infectious disease was introduced into the country's biggest river from a United Nations base where Nepalese peacekeepers were deployed.

He declined to give a number, but said there were "tens" of cases in one area of the peninsula.

Cholera is a bacterial infection that can lead to potentially serious symptoms of water diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and muscle cramps, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In June and July of this year alone, the agency responded to more than 1,000 cholera alerts in all 10 departments of the country, benefiting about 8,000 households. "Food, water and shelter are what we need". But it still brought substantial damage, flooding cities and knocking out electric power to millions of homes and businesses. Hurricane Matthew hit Florida first on Friday night and made its way up the coast throughout the weekend. On Monday, six water trucks were on their way there and to Jeremie.

Jeune, 31, has lived in the Boston area for about a year but is from Chantal, a village outside Les Cayes, another severely struck location.


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