As Haiti struggles to retrieve from the devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake that deed implicit the weekend, sidesplitting immoderate 1,300 people, the UN is warning that galore radical are apt to beryllium affected by Tropical Depression Grace, a tempest which is expected to bring torrential rain, flooding and mudslides betwixt Monday and Tuesday.
On Monday, the UN migration agency, IOM, declared that it is focusing connected uncovering harmless buildings and structure for the thousands of radical displaced by the earthquake, aft much than 13,600 homes were destroyed oregon severely damaged.
In summation to the dormant and wounded, archetypal reports bespeak much than 700 collapsed buildings, including hospitals and schools, much than 3,700 homes destroyed, and important harm to roads.
"These numbers volition turn arsenic information postulation progresses”, said Federica Cecchet, IOM's Deputy Chief of Mission successful Haiti. “One of the main priorities successful the coming weeks volition beryllium the due absorption of exigency shelters and humanitarian enactment for thousands of radical who are displaced".
Three days aft the quake, humanitarian teams person not yet reached galore areas, particularly successful the section of Nippes, with proscription hampered by demolition and harm to roads and bridges.
On Sunday, Pierre Honnorat, the caput of the World Food Programme successful Haiti, explained successful a Tweet that, with the roadworthy chopped disconnected betwixt Les Cayes and Jérémie, it is hard to get exigency nutrient supplies to those who request them.
Acute humanitarian needs
“Health centres, schools, bridges and different indispensable facilities and infrastructure connected which children and families beryllium person besides been impacted – successful immoderate cases, irreparably”, said Henrietta Fore, the caput of the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, connected Sunday.
“The humanitarian needs successful affected areas are acute, arsenic indispensable services person been disrupted. Many radical urgently request wellness attraction and cleanable water. Those who are displaced request shelter. Children who person been separated from their families amidst the chaos request protection.”
According to the UN assistance coordinating office, OCHA, section hospitals are already overwhelmed with wounded people, particularly successful Les Cayes and Jérémie; assistance is being provided by the Red Cross and hospitals successful unaffected areas.