Aid rushed to Haiti after rainstorm

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti: United Nations (UN) aid workers are providing assistance after a sudden rainstorm swept Port-au-Prince last weekend.

As of press time, at least five people have died as a result of the storm, which was brief but intense and brought heavy rains and high winds to the city.

More than 40 teams comprising staff from the UN, aid agencies and the Haitian government assessed the damage in the nation’s capital, while a separate aerial assessment was carried out.

Blue helmets serving with the UN peacekeeping mission, MINUSTAH, were also deployed across the city and helped residents who were trapped by the storm or in need of other assistance. UN aid workers distributed emergency supplies including food, blankets, tarpaulins and hygiene kits.

Among the areas affected by the storm were the camps for people who have been homeless since the quake. At least a million Haitians are still living in tent camps or makeshift housing eight months after the country was struck by an earthquake on January 12, which killed approximately 200,000 people.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered his condolences to the families of the victims of the storm.

“The Secretary-General welcomes the generosity of donors who have responded to this and other crises this year, including the devastating floods in Pakistan,” he said in a statement.

Ban stressed the need for donors to continue to support post-quake relief and recovery efforts across Haiti, with an estimated US$450 million in additional funding still required.



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