International nongovernmental organizations are calling for more emergency assistance to ease the suffering Hurricane Sandy brought to the Caribbean, particularly in Haiti, Cuba and Jamaica.
After days of rain, the government of Haiti has declared a monthlong state of emergency, Caribjournal reports. A situation report from the International Rescue Committee shows the three-day deluge has devastated “about 100 camps where some 325,000 people, still homeless from the 2010 earthquake, continue to live.” It also notes an “uptick” in cholera cases: Since Sandy, IRC and other aid agencies there have referred 50 individuals with symptoms of cholera to health facilities.
In Jamaica, meanwhile, economic losses due to Sandy were estimated at $5 billion, the Jamaica Information Service reports. Losses from the agriculture sector alone were projected at $1.5 billion. Further, Handicap International said that in Cuba, “11 people died, 15,392 homes were completely destroyed, and70% of the agricultural production in the hurricane’s path was destroyed.”
Financial assistance, kits of food supplies, basic sanitation and medicine, and shelter repair materials continue to be the region’s most-pressing needs. Organizations such as Oxfam, U.S. Agency for International Development, CARE, International Medical Corps, AmeriCares, and the governments of Japan, Germany, France and the Philippines, among others, have been providing support for the disaster-torn areas of the Caribbean. Many of them have also set up easy-to-use platforms to receive any kind of donation from the public.
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