Haiti Needs ‘Massive Response’ to Halt Cholera Crisis After Matthew: U.N.

By | October 11, 2016

Many parts of Haiti devastated by Hurricane Matthew were still without aid early Tuesday, as the U.N. launched an emergency appeal for almost $120 milion in life-saving help for 750,000 survivors at risk of starvation or cholera.

Aid is trickling into the impoverished nation, where hundreds of people were killed by last week’s 145 mph winds and at least a dozen more have died from disease.

“Some towns and villages have been almost wiped off the map,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters late Monday. “Tensions are already mounting as people await help. A massive response is required. U.N. teams are working with local officials to assess needs.”

In total, the U.N. says 1.4 million Haitians are in need of assistance out of 2.1 million affected by the hurricane. (NBC News)

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