11/10/2016 10h38 - Updated 11/10/2016 10h38

ONU pede US$ 120 million in international aid for Haiti

Since the beginning of the year, They were recorded about 28 thousand cases of cholera no country, and more 240 people died due to illness.
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The United Nations (HIM) called on the international donor community gather around US $ 120 million to be given a humanitarian response to 1,4 million people affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The funds are intended to meet the needs of affected, the next three months.

The United Nations released last week, through the Central Emergency Response Fund (Cerf, the acronym), US$ 5 million to start assistance to those affected by Hurricane. The funds arrive soon after an investment of US $ 8 million received by the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) to improve the response to the worsening cholera epidemic in Haiti.

Since the beginning of the year, They were recorded about 28 thousand cases of cholera no country, and more 240 people died due to illness. The World Health Organization (WHO) It reported that a possible cholera outbreak can occur in the region due to the flooding caused by Hurricane.

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, also warned the press, in statements made yesterday (10) in New York, on the risk of the spread of waterborne diseases, including a cholera. He said that UN teams are assessing the urgent needs with local authorities.

“Hundreds of people died. At least 1,4 million people need assistance when. Some towns and villages were virtually wiped off the map. Crops and food reserves were destroyed. At least 300 schools were damaged ", said Mr. Ban told reporters at UN headquarters.

“Appeal to the international community to show solidarity and generosity and to work together, effectively, in response to this emergency”, said Secretary.

Second or Unicef, the main components of an immediate response include the purchase of water purification tablets, treatment of collective water sources and the creation of latrines in temporary shelters and informal settlements.

"I'm developing a new approach to the challenge, which includes support for cholera victims and efforts to build water systems, sanitation and health in Haiti. This latest disaster is vital the need for increased support, significantly and immediately ", said Ban Ki-moon.

Hurricane Matthew, by category 4, struck the Caribbean country last Tuesday (4), with winds 235 kilometers per hour, leaving traces of destruction across the Caribbean and Southeast US.

Source: Agency Brazil

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