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Haiti: Teams reach hurricane-affected areas and find needs for clean water and medical care

11.10.16
 MAMADOU CISSE

10 October 2016 - Teams are continuing their assessments of areas of Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew on the Tiburon Peninsula, as well as the Artibonite and Northwest departments.

In Jérémie, MSF found that the reference hospital has suffered damage and lacks water and electricity. There are a significant number of hurricane survivors with infected wounds, and also cholera cases. The MSF team carried out 250 medical consultations this weekend.

In Port-à-Piment, people are drinking water from untreated sources, and there are cases of cholera. Yesterday, an team brought medical supplies to the town and treated 39 cholera patients.

In Petite Rivière de Nippes, an MSF team carried out about 200 medical consultations in the last two days. There is a fairly high number of people with foot wounds from walking in flooded areas, and reports that many people are drinking river water because of the lack of clean water.

An MSF team that travelled to the Artibonite and Northwest departments found that several health centres and cholera treatment centres were damaged, as were wells and water networks. Many farms are also damaged. The population is collecting water from rivers and other untreated water points.

MSF teams are working to reach more affected areas in the southwest. Access remains difficult due to damage to bridges and roads. There are also plans to assess the needs in nearby mountainous areas in the coming days.