Nearly a week af­ter hurricane hit Haiti, UN ap­peals for aid

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

MARFRANC, HAITI >> At a cramped po­lice sta­tion serv­ing as a makeshift clinic, Dar­line Derosier fas­tened IV drips to jail cell bars, wiped the brows of cholera pa­tients and tended to the wounds of those in­jured when Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti’s south­west­ern penin­sula.

She was the only health worker help­ing about 40 pa­tients Mon­day in­side the sta­tion bereft of po­lice as she waited for help to ar­rive in the hard-hit town of Marfranc nearly a week af­ter the Cat­e­gory 4 storm struck Oct. 4.

“Peo­ple will die soon if we don’t get some aid,” an over­whelmed Derosier told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The U.N. hu­man­i­tar­ian agency in Geneva made an emer­gency ap­peal Mon­day for nearly $120 mil­lion in aid, say­ing about 750,000 peo­ple in south­west Haiti alone will need “life-sav­ing as­sis­tance and pro­tec­tion” in the next three months. U.N. of­fi­cials said ear­lier that at least 1.4 mil­lion peo­ple across the re­gion need as­sis­tance.

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