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UN Expressed Sadness for Poor Response in Aid to Haiti

Head of Operations of the United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Office, John Ging/Photo: Web
UN Expressed Sadness for Poor Response in Aid to Haiti

The head of Operations of the United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Office, John Ging, has expressed his sadness for the fact that only 40 percent of the 120 million dollars requested to help Haiti after the country was devastated by Hurricane Mathew, is available.

In statements to the press, Ging said that such a slow response to a financial request, after a natural disaster, is unusual.

‘It usually tends to be around 60 percent in the first month. This situation is affecting the ability of humanitarian agencies, to take care of the needs of the people,’ he stated.

‘It surprises me to see how insufficient the response is to a natural disaster that directly affected 1.4 million human beings, 175,000 of who were displaced,’ Ging stated.

The UN has helped Haiti since the first hours after the impact of the hurricane, in terms of rescue and support for victims.

The UN World Food Program has ensured that food has been able to reach the neediest people, approximately 520,000 persons of the 800,000 with the most needs, while the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have worked on preparation for the planting season, which is threatened by debris on cultivable grounds.

The head of Operations of the United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Office said that support for the Caribbean nation, is still ongoing.

Source/Prensa Latina
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