UN migration agency launches $15M appeal for Haiti
(United Nations News) The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday launched a $15 million appeal to support some 137,000 families affected by the deadly earthquake that rocked southern Haiti just over a week ago.
The funding will be used to help the Haitian authorities with housing, temporary shelter, mental health support and COVID-19 prevention in the aftermath of the disaster, which left 2,207 dead and more than 12,000 injured, according to official figures. Nearly 53,000 buildings collapsed, while another 77,000 were severely damaged.
“For the first months alone, we need at least $15 million to provide housing support, help affected Haitians return to their homes, and ensure they have essential means for subsistence,“ said Federica Cecchet, IOM‘s Deputy Head of Mission in Haiti.
The 7.2-magnitude quake struck on 14 August, the latest crisis in a nation where nearly half the population, or 4.4 million people, were already finding it hard to get enough to eat. Days later, it was followed by which brought heavy rains, flash floods and landslides.
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