Published: Fri, October 14, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

U.S. Suspends Deportations Of Haitians After Hurricane Matthew

U.S. Suspends Deportations Of Haitians After Hurricane Matthew

He's looking at photos from the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, where he still has relatives.

Along with widespread hunger and the loss of crops, livestock and fishing boats and gear, authorities warn that cholera appears to be rising, making delivery of water purification supplies a high priority as officials consider how to help the region over the longer term.

Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti last Tuesday as a powerful category four hurricane with winds up to 145 miles per hour and leaving 1.4 million people there in need of humanitarian assistance.

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"In shock we are still trying to really grasp what happened because it's going to have a huge affect on the town for years to come", said Paul Perissien, who was in Haiti during Hurricane Matthew. "In 2016, nearly 27,000 cholera cases have been reported in Haiti, and over 240 people have died".

More than 175,500 people remain in shelters across the country, many of them in schools - which is keeping almost 100,000 children from resuming classes.

Glasser said that in 2010, when Haiti saw 223 000 people perish in a massive natural disaster, equally violent quakes caused far fewer casualties in Chile and no deaths at all in New Zealand. "So we need the worldwide support, because every family is very poor, they have no water, they have no food, they need medicine for treatment, they need good water".

Nearby, a man picked up soiled clothes with a stick and threw them into a pile to burn, helping hospital staff clean the area in exchange for free meals.

Cholera cases were rising in towns such as Anse-d'Hainault, where 2-year-old Dabens Desrosiers received rehydration fluid from an IV.

"It took a lot of misery to get here and now that I'm here, there's still misery", he said.

After three days of treatment, the boy was about to be discharged, but there was no home to return as the family's wooden shack was flattened by Hurricane Matthew.

In addition, there have been reports of assaults on women gathered in shelters, said Yolette Etienne, director for the United Kingdom -based group ActionAid in Haiti.

"It's much better to send money to some of the trusted, smaller NGOs that are operating on the ground and help these out - because these will work on getting the livelihood back into these people's hands".

According to the United Nations, an estimated 1.4 million Haitians are in need of humanitarian assistance after the Category 4 storm battered the country on October 4.

The rest of the aid announced Thursday will be used to provide relief supplies, including blankets, hygiene kits, water containers, generators and chain saws, as well as chlorine to treat contaminated water and logistics to ensure air, sea and land distribution to the hardest hit areas. "Who knows? Maybe by the time they reach here, there will be nobody left".

Associated Press reported that doctors in the far southwestern tip of Haiti are still waiting for medicine a week after the hurricane struck.

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