Almost a week after Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, UN secretary general Ban ki-Moon has said a “massive response” is needed to help the country recover from the devastation.
The U.N. humanitarian agency in Geneva made an emergency appeal on Monday for nearly $120 million in aid, saying about 7,50,000 people in southwest Haiti alone would 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 and that 2.1 million overall have been affected by the hurricane. Some 1,75,000 people remain in shelters.
“Hundreds have died; at least 1.4 million people need assistance at this time. Some towns and villages have been almost wiped off the map; crops and food reserves have been destroyed; at least 300 schools have been damaged,” Ban said.
Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on 4th October. The category-four storm is believed to have killed as many as 900 people in the Caribbean country.