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Más de 4 millones de niños en riesgo por el impacto del Huracán Matthew en Haití, según UNICEF

On 3 October 2016, a boy and his brother rest in a church in Croix des Bouquets, a neighbourhood on the east of Port-au-Prince where they are staying to find some protection from hurricane Matthew. The hurricane is expected to hit the neighbourhood where they live, Cite Soleil, which is a populated slum area right by the ocean in Port-au-Prince with houses made out of shacks and canals filled with garbage. On 4 October 2016, more than 4 million children may be exposed to the damage of Hurricane Matthew, UNICEF said as the Category 4 storm made landfall on the impoverished Caribbean island. Strong winds and torrential rains are battering the island, raising the risk of floods and landslides. The airport remains closed and children have been told to stay home from school – particularly as many schools are being used to shelter evacuees.  Haiti is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake, with 55,000 people still living in shelters. The southern coast, where the storm is expected to hit the most, is one of the poorest and most densely populated parts of the country. In a country where less than 1 in 5 people in rural areas have access to improved sanitation and 40 per cent of people use unsafe water sources, it is feared that the hurricane will worsen an already precarious situation. Cholera is endemic and with more than 27,000 suspected cholera cases reported already this year – an estimated one third of them children – any damage to water and sanitation infrastructure or largescale displacement could put children and families at greater risk of infection. UNICEF is working to support the Government’s humanitarian response. Life-saving supplies for 10,000 people are in place and ready to be distributed to the most affected families in the worst hit areas. They include water bladders and chlorination tablets, hygiene kits and mosquito nets.
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On 3 October 2016, a boy and his brother rest in a church in Croix des Bouquets, a neighbourhood on the east of Port-au-Prince where they are staying to find some protection from hurricane Matthew. The hurricane is expected to hit the neighbourhood where they live, Cite Soleil, which is a populated slum area right by the ocean in Port-au-Prince with houses made out of shacks and canals filled with garbage.
On 4 October 2016, more than 4 million children may be exposed to the damage of Hurricane Matthew, UNICEF said as the Category 4 storm made landfall on the impoverished Caribbean island. Strong winds and torrential rains are battering the island, raising the risk of floods and landslides. The airport remains closed and children have been told to stay home from school – particularly as many schools are being used to shelter evacuees.
Haiti is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake, with 55,000 people still living in shelters. The southern coast, where the storm is expected to hit the most, is one of the poorest and most densely populated parts of the country. In a country where less than 1 in 5 people in rural areas have access to improved sanitation and 40 per cent of people use unsafe water sources, it is feared that the hurricane will worsen an already precarious situation. Cholera is endemic and with more than 27,000 suspected cholera cases reported already this year – an estimated one third of them children – any damage to water and sanitation infrastructure or largescale displacement could put children and families at greater risk of infection.
UNICEF is working to support the Government’s humanitarian response. Life-saving supplies for 10,000 people are in place and ready to be distributed to the most affected families in the worst hit areas. They include water bladders and chlorination tablets, hygiene kits and mosquito nets.

Más de 4 millones de niños pueden quedar expuestos a los daños que ocasione el Huracán Matthew, mientras la tormenta de categoría 4 toca tierra en la empobrecida isla caribeña, según anuncia hoy UNICEF.

“Esta es la peor tormenta que Haití ha visto en décadas. Los daños serán, sin duda alguna, importantes”, afirmaba Marc Vincent, representante de UNICEF en Haití. “Las enfermedades transmitidas por el agua son la primera amenaza para los niños en estas situaciones, nuestra primera prioridad es asegurar que los niños tienen suficiente agua potable”.

Fuertes vientos y aguas torrenciales golpean la isla, aumentando el riesgo de inundaciones y deslizamientos de tierra. El aeropuerto permanece cerrado y se ha pedido que los niños se queden en casa sin ir al colegio, especialmente desde que muchos colegios están siendo usados como refugios de evacuación.

Haití está todavía recuperándose del terremoto de 2010, con 55.000 personas que aún viven en refugios. La costa sur, donde se espera que la tormenta golpee con más fuerza, es una de las zonas más pobres y densamente pobladas del país.

En un país donde menos de 1 de cada 5 personas en las áreas rurales tiene acceso a un saneamiento mejorado, y el 40% de las personas hace uso de fuentes de agua no seguras, se teme que el huracán empeore una situación de por sí precaria.

El cólera es endémico en Haití, y con más de 27.000 posibles casos de cólera registrados ya este año, con estimaciones de que 1/3 son niños, cualquier daño contra las infraestructuras de agua y saneamiento, o desplazamientos a gran escala podrían poner a los niños y las familias en un riesgo mayor de infección.

UNICEF está trabajando para apoyar la respuesta humanitaria del Gobierno. Los suministros para salvar la vida de 10.000 personas están ya sobre el terreno y listos para ser distribuidos a las familias más afectadas en las zonas más golpeadas. Estos suministros incluyen bidones de agua y pastillas potabilizadoras, kits de higiene y mosquiteras.

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