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As Dan Irving, World Hope International’s country director in Haiti, explains that “the lack of access to municipal water systems, most of the population in the affected area capture and store water when it rains,” however, with the recent earthquake, people are unable to store rainwater as cisterns have been shattered, and with the disruption of springs, ravines, and other water sources, the southwest of the country is facing a water crisis.
Continue reading about the “efforts to improve access to water” and “sustaining such efforts beyond immediate relief”.
Additionally, the “UPS Foundation’s non-profit partners in Haiti include: Haitian Global Health Alliance in support of GHESKIO, The Salvation Army, SOS, CARE, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Reach Out America, World Hope International, CORE, WORK and United Nations World Food Programme.”
In Les Cayes, Haiti, the epicenter of Saturday’s earthquake, hospitals have become “so overwhelmed with patients that many had to lie in patios, corridors, verandas and hallways”, according to the Bloomberg report. With the tropical storm rolling in Monday night, hospitals were forced to relocate the patients as best as they can.
According to Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency, the death toll has risen to 1,419 and 6,000 injured, “many of whom have had to wait under the burning heat, even on an airport tarmac, for help” due to hospitals being overcapacity.
“To initially support relief efforts on the ground,” Amazon.com reports that “Amazon’s disaster relief and response team has donated more than 35,000 emergency items such as shelter equipment (including tarps, tents, sleeping bags, hammers, utility gloves, ladders, and more), collapsible water containers, cleanup supplies, and medical equipment. Amazon will donate more relief supplies as community partners assess needs and request additional support.”
“Amazon is teaming up and coordinating donation efforts with its humanitarian community partners— Americares, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) Response, Global Empowerment Mission (a Good360 partner), World Central Kitchen, and World Hope International—who will distribute the relief supplies to those in need in Haiti.”
The mayor of a harbor town, Mari-Helen L’Esperance, told Haiti’s Pacific Radio on Monday: “Every house was destroyed, there’s nowhere to live, we need shelters, medical help and especially water…” and that the prospect of the storm has “spread fear through residents who had nothing left but to pray.”
The earthquake in Haiti has “flattened churches, homes and government buildings” and trapped many people in the rubble. As the Haitians continue to deal with the aftermath of the earthquake, they must “brace for the likely impact of Tropical Storm Grace, which appears to be headed toward it and could bring heavy rains and strong wind this week.”
The earthquake was followed by a series of aftershocks and Haiti’s Civil Protection service told Reuters that in addition to the preliminary death toll of 304, at least 1,800 people are injured and more are unaccounted for.