Haiti Faces Cholera Outbreak And A Serious Food Crisis

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The black nation of Haiti was devastated by Hurricane Matthew on October 4.

The hurricane has left many dead, injured, homeless and hungry, and stepping in to assist the horrid situation last week was Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai. Sheikh Mohammed donated 90 tonnes of emergency supplies worth £300,000 to assist Haiti after the strike of Hurricane Matthew.

The 90 tonnes of aid supplies comprise of tents, mosquito nets, medical supplies and water purification units. Dubai government confirms that these quintessential supplies were delivered by Sheikh Mohammed’s wife, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein.

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Hurricane Matthew displaced about 300 000 Haitians and killed an estimated number of 1000 people. The disaster wreaked a lot of environmental and socio-economic havoc on the nation.

Hurricane Matthew has caused damages worth over $8.2 billion; making it the highest monetary loss after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Before now, Haiti was recovering from the 2010 earthquake, which was a fatal disaster in itself.

Right now the hurting nation is also battling with the spate of Cholera which report says has killed around 10,000 people.

The Haitian government panic that Hurricane Matthew has heightened the level of food crisis in the nation.



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“There has been a massive loss of crops in some areas of Grand Anse [in the island nation’s southern peninsula] up to a 100-percent loss, just everything is gone,”

 “What’s striking is that all the food trees are gone, a vast majority of them. The coconuts, the bananas, the mangoes.“- Alexis Masciarelli, a World Food Program worker in Haiti.

Hurricane Matthew

The October 4th hurricane according to the United Nations has left the people in dire need of food. The international body appealed for an assistance of $120 million (£98 million) in funds to help Haiti.

About 1.4 million Haitians need food assistance now.

World Food Program’s regional director Miguel Barreto also raises concerns on the present food crisis in Haiti.

“Local products on the markets will soon be depleted and we need more funding in order to continue food distributions to help 800,000 people in need of food aid which is more than urgent.”

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