UN To Help Haiti
Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday announced the launch of a near US$120 million appeal to fund aid activities in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, where the rising death toll coupled with the start of the rainy season has prompted officials to sound the alarm on the threat of waterborne diseases to those living in the worst-affected areas.
Funds will be used to provide food, clean drinking water and shelter to the most vulnerable after large areas of crops were destroyed and infrastructure damaged last week, the UN said in the appeal to donors for the Caribbean country.
“Hundreds have died. At least 1.4 million people need assistance at this time. Some towns and villages have been almost wiped off the map. Crops and food reserves have been destroyed. At least 300 schools have been damaged,” Ban told reporters at UN Headquarters, as he expressed his deepest condolences and sympathies to those affected by the hurricane.
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