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More Than 1.5M Haitians Affected By Hurricane Matthew, Deadly Cholera on the Rise

In the most affected areas, people are in need of food, water and clothes/GETTY IMAGES
In the most affected areas, people are in need of food, water and clothes./GETTY IMAGES

Haiti is facing a surge in cholera cases in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, doctors warned as the death toll on the devastated island climbed past 1,000.

U.S. Marines delivered badly-needed food aid Sunday, after Haiti’s government said more than 1.5 million people had been affected by the storm and 350,000 of those were in need of immediate assistance.

Ninety percent of crops have been destroyed in worst-hit areas of the country, according to U.N. World Food Program officer for Haiti, Lorene Didier.

Throughout Haiti’s southwestern peninsula, people were digging themselves out from the wreckage of the storm, which also brought flooding and at least 21 deaths to the United States.

Haiti’s National Civil Protection agency in Port-au-Prince said Sunday that its official death toll for the country was 336, which included 191 deaths in Grand-Anse. However, a tally of numbers from local officials, compiled by Reuters, put the number at more 1,000. NBC News could not independently confirm that figure.

At the Port-a-Piment hospital, survivors carried in a string of weak and severely sick patients with symptoms of cholera.

Missole Antoine, the hospital’s medical director, said the number of patients admitted with cholera symptoms had doubled to 60 during Sunday and that four people had died of the waterborne illness.

“That number is going to rise,” she told Reuters as she rushed between patients laid out on the hospital floor.

The hospital lacks an ambulance, or even a car, and Antoine said many new patients were coming from miles away, carried by family members.

Inside the hospital, grim-faced parents cradled young children whose eyes had sunk back and were unable to prop up their own heads.

“I believe in the doctors, and also in God,” said 37-year-old Roosevelt Dume, holding the head of his son, Roodly, as he tried to remain upbeat.

In the nearby village of Labei, locals told Reutersthe river had washed down cadavers from villages upstream. With nobody coming to move the corpses, residents used planks of driftwood to push them down the river and into the sea.

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  I saw that on the news and it is sooooooooo sad for Haiti.  First the earthquake and now the flooding.  It is heartbreaking.  Especially where it is doesn't seem to stand a chance.  I wonder where is all that money from the earthquake?  Surely they could have been in a better position and more prepared.  Now they are even more devastated as why cholera keeps coming back.  We all should pray and cry for Haiti at the same time.  The small island has been through so much since it's win in battle against the French.  Cuz the island should have been restructured like the rest of the slave ports now resort getaways.  It's a reason why it is kept in social/climatic chaos.  But!


Yes, we ALL should pray for Haiti, after all the little nation has been through and all it's been taken through.

I to, am still wondering what happened to all that money donated [$13 BILLION DOLLARS] to the Haiti Earthquake, that the Haitian people have yet to see ANY of. 

I've also continued to wonder how could an EARTHQUAKE devastate just the HAITIAN side of the same damn island.

Oh, and where is "THE BLACK CHURCH", where are BLACK American politicians, and why is PRESIDENT OBAMA silent on a disaster in a country so close to America, instead of publicly extending a offer to help, like during Mexico's natural disaster(s), and where are the African American 'Elite', rich, wealthy, etc., etc., etc.


Hurricane-battered Haiti waiting for more help

Haiti desperate for help after Matthew 02:24

Story highlights

  • A week after the hurricane made landfall, aid workers say there are communities still cut off
  • Hospital director says no humanitarian assistance reached the hospital in the week after the storm

Jeremie, Haiti (CNN)Imagine the terror whenHurricane Matthew's 130 mph winds ripped the roof off of Tuman Saint-Plux's two-room house.

The 35-year-old squats in the corner of his bedroom with his arms over his head, re-enacting how he, his wife, two children and elderly father cowered as nature unleashed its fury.
"For hours," he says. "In the rain, in the wind."
Disaster divided: Two countries, one island, life-and-death differences
Today, the family is sleeping in a shelter on the other side of town, their 11-year old daughter sick with a fever she contracted after the storm.
In the meantime, Saint-Plux, who made a living as an English interpreter, is trying to figure out how to scrape together enough money to rebuild the roof of his house and keep his two children in school. It's a challenge facing nearly everyone in this devastated coastal town.
"This same thing happened to all my neighbors," he says, pointing across the street.
Women walk past a large tree which crashed onto a parked truck.

'Three days of terror'


It's all part of the "apocalyptic situation" Haiti finds itself in, interim President Jocelerme Privert said.
"Unfortunately, once again, nature has unleashed her fury and Haiti has lived through what I can characterize as three days of terror," he said.
In addition to destroying homes and schools and devastating Haiti's natural resources, the hurricane accelerated the rate of cholera propagation and postponed the presidential election. Privert was appointed after the presidential election, scheduled for October 2, was postponed.
"With the very little time I have left in this office, I have only two priorities," he said. "The Haitian government must demonstrate its willingness, not only to urgently address their commitment to the victims of the hurricane that demand urgent attention, but also we need to reinforce our institutions."

'We haven't gotten anything'

Wind alone caused almost all the damage here.
The trees were the first casualties. Entire forests on the mountainous northern coast of Haiti's Tiburon peninsula have been leveled.
A week after the hurricane made landfall, aid workers say there are communities still cut off from the outside world because of roads blocked by debris.
For that reason, doctors at Saint Antoine Hospital in Jeremie are expecting many more patients in the days ahead, as people injured in the deadly storm trickle in from the countryside.
Hurricane Matthew destroyed the top floor of the Saint Antoine Hospital in Jeremie, which was built in 1923. Lower floors were inundated with water, destroying medical equipment.
The hospital is struggling to operate. The hurricane decimated the top floor of the main building, which was constructed in 1923. An inch of water stands in the main hallway, amid scattered hospital gurneys and ruined medical equipment.
"We need antibiotics and anesthetics," says the director, Conception Panfille.
She says no humanitarian assistance reached the hospital in the week after the storm.
"We see lots of planes," she says, as a pair of US military helicopters buzz overhead. "But we haven't gotten anything."
The crude airstrip for Jeremie is about 20 minutes' drive from the town, past a twisted landscape of felled trees, partially collapsed houses, and Haitian families trying to recover their rain-soaked belongings from the ruins of their homes.
US troops unload plastic tarps for emergency shelters and rice from two US Army Chinooks outside the hurricane-stricken town of Jeremie.
On Monday morning, two double-rotor US Army Chinooks roared onto the airstrip. Accompanied by armed Haitian police officers, US soldiers hauled huge bags of rice and boxes full of waterproof plastic tarps off the aircraft.
US cargo flights have delivered 480 metric tons of relief supplies to the island nation since Saturday, while the United Nations says it is moving food rations, water purification kits andvaccines for cholera to the stricken area.
But the assistance is a drop in the bucket. The World Food Program estimates the storm destroyed 100% of the crops in this agricultural area. There are more than 468,000 people living in and around the storm-tossed town of Jeremie. The Haitian government estimates two million people have been affected by the hurricane.
Further complicating matters, tempers are starting to flare.

Rebuilding begins


CNN witnessed frustrated Haitians setting up a barricade on the main road between Jeremie and the airstrip. Several angry young men refused to let vehicles through, claiming aid organizations were shipping humanitarian assistance but not sharing it with residents.
There have been many reports of similar roadblocks affecting aid convoys in other parts of the Tiburon peninsula.
"You have to pass through different places where a lot of the population has been affected very hard by Matthew," explains Massimo Miraglio, an Italian priest who has lived for a decade in Jeremie.
"They will stop the trucks and they will ask to have all the aid," he adds.
But most survivors don't appear to be waiting for help from the outside world.
Local police work alongside volunteers cleaning up debris left by Hurricane Matthew along the waterfront in the town of Jeremie.
On the town's waterfront, women in floral dresses joined alongside dozens of silver-helmeted police officers, sweeping up debris.
After the most powerful hurricane this country has seen in generations, the grassroots effort to recover and rebuild has already begun.


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Haitians Urge People Not to Donate to Red Cross and Help Local Companies Instead

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As the death count after Hurricane Matthew approaches 900 and reports of deadly cholera outbreaks begin to surface, Haitians have sent out desperate pleas for help.

Government officials estimate at least 350,000 people needed assistance after the devastating storm.

Yet accompanying many requests for aid comes a warning – do not give your money to the American Red Cross (ARC).

Trust in the ARC, and in foreign aid more widely, has been badly shaken by a 2015 report that found donations had been squandered.

Despite collecting nearly half a billion dollars to provide relief after the 2010 Haiti earthquake and pledging to build 700 permanent homes, the ARC has been accused of only building six.

“In the coming days, many of you are going to write and ask me how you can ‘help Haiti’,” one woman said on Twitter after the hurricane, “Do not give to the American Red Cross.”

She asked people to give instead to Haitian organizations and requested people not send goods that could be sourced locally.

The joint investigation by ProPublica and NPR found rampant mismanagement at the heart of the ARC and charged it with consistent misrepresentation of the success of its projects, particularly in housing.


The group has also been implored to hire more Haitians in its highest ranks.


Responding to the report, the American Red Cross said in a statement it was “disappointed, once again, by the lack of balance, context and accuracy in the most recent reporting by ProPublica and NPR.”
unation-minThe allegations against the ARC came amid complaints against the failure of the entire international community to manage the 2010 Haitian disaster.

After the earthquake, over $9B was pledged to help the country in its recovery.

Yet critics argue that the money was not used so Haiti could be “built back better,” as officials had promised.

Instead, an estimated 55,000 Haitians are still living in tents or other makeshift shelters and few advances in disaster planning have been implemented.

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday said it has temporarily suspended deportations of Haitians after Hurricane Matthew ravaged the Caribbean nation last week, killing at least a thousand people and leaving 1.4 million in need of humanitarian assistance.

“We will have to deal with that situation, address it, be sympathetic to the plight of the people of Haiti as a result of the hurricane,” U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said at an event in Mexico City.

“But after that condition has been addressed, we intend to resume the policy change,” he said, without specifying a time frame.

Nearly a week after the storm smashed into southwestern Haiti, some communities along the southern coast have yet to receive any assistance.

The policy change Johnson referred to took place last month when the United States announced that in response to a surge in Haitian immigration across the Mexican border, it would end special protections put in place after a 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti.

Thousands of Haitians are currently massed in Tijuana and other Mexican border towns, and Mexico says 300 more arrive in the country every day.


Hillary, her foundation and her brother need to send that money back to Haiti they stole. All that money would get those people in houses with running water and soap, like their white butts have.

If white people paid black people all the money they've stolen over the centuries, we'd be the Kings and Queens of the world like we were meant to be. 300 - 400 years of free labor must amount to trillions.

Imagine how wealthy the Original Natives of this joint would be if they could get Turtle Island back now, after everything white including the dogs and cats went back to the Caucasus Mountains. No Dakota Pipeline fight; no more Orange Pussitologist's oogly face, (he could fly to his relatives in GERMANY, throw a hand salute to Hitler's spirit); no more white people fights. It would be H.E.A.V.E.N. for all.

The entire world needs a BREAK from EUROPEANS BIG TIME, before they kill everything/everyone and turn this planet into PLUTO.

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