Tue, 21 Sep 2021

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations and partners have managed to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of Haitians in the wake of a massive earthquake a month ago, said a UN spokesman on Tuesday.

Despite access constraints and gang violence along the main supply route, some 26 convoys from 45 humanitarian partners have reached the population in the south, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Food security partners have also reached more than 143,000 people to date with food and cash-based transfers and have served more than 130,000 hot meals in Grande Anse, Nippes and the Sud departments of Haiti, he said.

Nearly 2 million liters of safe drinking water have reached 250,000 people; 114,000 non-food items and kits have been distributed, and 11 emergency medical teams have been installed across all three affected departments, he said.

Priority is now on the most vulnerable people in rural areas, as well as the restoration of basic services, including health and education. Classes are scheduled to resume on Oct. 4 in the affected areas, said the spokesman.

A 4-million-U.S. dollar allocation from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund was approved on Sept. 9. However, the 2021 humanitarian response plan for Haiti, which seeks 235 million dollars to assist 1.5 million people, is currently only 16 percent funded, he said.

The 7.2-magnitude earthquake left 2,247 people dead, 12,763 others injured, and 650,000 people in need of emergency assistance. More than 136,000 houses were damaged or destroyed, he noted.

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