Six years ago, Haiti was left in shambles after a 7.0 magnitude earthquakes losing more than 200,000 lives and millions left homeless. The world stood by the country, but three weeks ago the country experienced yet another Mother Nature ordeal, Hurricane Mathews, with the death toll rising to 1000.
Aid continue to arrive in the country, but aid worker still faces a challenge in reaching the worst affected areas where electricity power is out with food and water remaining scarce. Desperation can be seen and felt in some communities triggering attacks which make it difficult for convoys to deliver food.
The country experienced massive crop destruction leaving 800, 000 citizens in dire need of help. Three thousand metric tonnes of food have been distributed in affected areas, but that still fall short of the country current need of food.
The first cargo of humanitarian aid arrived at port –au-prince with hygiene kits, kitchen utensil, blankets and rolls of plastic. Accessibility is difficult due to impassable roads and collapsed bridges. In such situation, food has to be airlifted by the few helicopters available.
The southern part of the Haiti is the worst hit. Approximately 90% have been wiped recording the highest number of deaths. Most people died from falling trees, flying debris and flooding rivers. Communication is down, banks offline leaving everyone shaken.
Hospitals and clinics which are still functional are overflowing with patients who are yet to be treated. Cholera has broken with the current number of death from the hygiene-related disease standing at 15. World Health Organisation (WHO) has associated this to the broken water pipelines and sewages with more than 200 cholera cases already on record. Cholera is highly contagious and fatal especially in young children killing it less than 24 hours.
Helicopters has been sent to search and rescue, others for medical evacuations and other specialising in transporting supplies. Schools have resumed in most areas, but more than a 100,000 children are unable to return due to their schools been converted into temporary shelters or destroyed.
Archie is the country biggest banana growing region. 80 percent of the plant in the region has being destroyed by winds and floods leaving people to eat anything they can find on the ground or starve.The situation is bound to remain for a while as farmers have lost tool and lack financial power to purchase other. Even when they do get back to their farms, it will take about a year for bananas to grow, with mangoes and coconut taking several years.
There have been established a joint task force to help coordinate humanitarian assistance in the country. For example, USA has helped 200 military personnel to assist in the operation. The food crisis has left the country begging for help to the other nations. Contribution by anyone, be it a government or an individual will save lives.