Haiti suf­fers un­der strain of cholera

Aid ar­rives but cholera now the big con­cern

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He­li­copters fer­ried in food and medicine to dev­as­tated south­west­ern Haiti and aid of­fi­cials said they were try­ing to get it to in­creas­ingly des­per­ate com­mu­ni­ties still iso­lated al­most a week after being hit by Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

Power was still out, wa­ter and food were scarce, and of­fi­cials said that young men in vil­lages along the road be­tween the hard-hit cities of Les Cayes and Jeremie were put­ting up block­ades of rocks and bro­ken branches to halt con­voys of ve­hi­cles bring­ing re­lief sup­plies.

One con­voy car­ry­ing food, wa­ter and med­i­ca­tions was at­tacked by gun­men in a re­mote val­ley where there had been a mud­slide, said Fred­nel Kedler, co­or­di­na­tor for the Civil Pro­tec­tion Agency in the GrandAnse depart­ment that in­cludes Jeremie. He said au­thor­i­ties would try to reach ma­rooned and des­per­ate com­mu­ni­ties west of Jeremie.

The Na­tional Civil Pro­tec­tion head­quar­ters in Port-au-Prince raised its of­fi­cial na­tion­wide death toll to 372, which in­cluded 198 deaths in Grand-Anse. Lo­cal of­fi­cials have said the toll tops 500 in Grand-Anse alone.

UN of­fi­cials said that at least 1.4 mil­lion peo­ple across the re­gion need as­sis­tance and that 2.1 mil­lion over­all have been af­fected by the hur­ri­cane. Some 175,000 peo­ple re­mained in shel­ters.

Con­cern also was growing that the hur­ri­cane’s dev­as­ta­tion has caused an in­crease in in­crease in cholera cases and deaths in the coun­try, where an on­go­ing cholera out­break has al­ready killed roughly 10,000 peo­ple in the coun­try and sick­ened more than 800,000 since 2010.

Roo­sevelt Zamos, an of­fi­cial with the Civil Pro­tec­tion Agency, said that there were 40 cases of cholera in Jeremie alone. He said eight peo­ple have died of cholera in the Grand-Anse depart­ment since the storm.

Dr. Thiery Fran­cois, lead doc­tor at the cholera cen­tre at Jeremie’s main hos­pi­tal said he didn't know how new cholera cases had been caused by the storm na­tion­wide. “Cer­tainly there are cases we don’t know any­thing about,” he said.

‘Cer­tainly there are cases we don’t know any­thing about’ – Dr Thiery Fran­cois on Haiti’s growing cholera con­cerns

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