La Jornada newspaper
Thursday, September 2, 2021, p. 26
Prince Port. More than 100,000 people urgently need drinking water in Haiti, after the earthquake that affected the Sur, Nippes and Grand Anse departments, with a balance of more than 2,000 deaths, the United Nations (UN) warned.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), some 119,000 people in the affected areas need safe drinking water, while the long-term reconstruction and rehabilitation of infrastructure and critical water, sanitation and hygiene systems, which already They were weak and lacked coverage before the earthquake, they continue to be a priority, according to a balance released by the international organization.
The UN noted that access to water is crucial to prevent disease outbreaks, as well as worsening malnutrition, especially among vulnerable groups, such as children, pregnant women and infants.
Before the August 14 earthquake, only 60 percent of the South department’s sanitary facilities had access to basic water services, followed by Nippes, with 59 percent, and Grand Anse, 52 percent.
In its third assessment after the earthquake, the UN humanitarian coordination warned about the need for care for families living abroad, and the urgency of their transfer to safer temporary shelters, and if possible to their homes.
In Les Cayes, some 60,000 people had to leave their homes and go to shelters, often unsafe and without access to basic services.
In some of the more remote areas, families are building makeshift shelters with salvaged materials, raised above the ground without any foundation or platform, making them vulnerable to collapse due to high winds and increased rainfall, he warned. the organization, which warned about the current hurricane season that has not yet reached its maximum peak and puts tens of thousands of displaced people at risk.