Port-au-Prince, 14 Oct : Haiti is reeling under a critical condition after Hurricane Matthew’s devastation that left millions stranded for food and supplies.
Nine days after the hurricane struck Haiti as a Category 4 storm, the government and international aid organisations came ahead to help the affected people but the poor condition of damaged roads becoming a hurdle in the process.
As per Emergency management officials’s data Matthew killed at least 473 people, injured 339 with 75 missing.
Nearly 175,000 people rendered homeless and residing in 224 shelters.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Matthew affected around 2.1 million people, of whom 1.4 million, including 592,581 children, require humanitarian aid.Over 106,000 students are unable to go school because the hurricane damaged nearly 300 schools and forced many others to be converted into temporary shelters.
On Tuesday, the World Food Program distributed 20 tons of food in downtown Jeremie, one of the cities hardest hit by Matthew, an operation organized by the UN Stabilization Mission for Haiti and the National Police. Different international organizations will also step ahead for the support in Jeremie.
Besides needed deliveries of food and water to support some 1.4 million people affected by the hurricane, an additional 60,000 people require urgent medical care.The Haitian government and international aid groups are also concerned about a new cholera outbreak in the aftermath of the hurricane, which, according to the United Nations, has triggered the worst humanitarian crisis in the impoverished nation since the 2010 earthquake that killed some 300,000 people.
Matthew also forced the postponement of general elections in Haiti that had been scheduled to be held on October 9.
However, no new date for the elections has been announced yet.