Ministers Flanagan and McHugh announce additional €1.5 million humanitarian funding for Haiti

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from Government of Ireland
Published on 21 Oct 2016 View Original

Minister Flanagan and Minister of State McHugh announce additional €1.5 million in humanitarian funding for Haiti in response to Hurricane Matthew

- Brings Ireland’s total funding to the Haiti hurricane response to €1.7 million

- Funding is being provided to experienced NGO partners

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D. and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D. today announced that the Government is to release €1.5 million of humanitarian funding for Haiti in response to Hurricane Matthew.

Announcing the funding today, Minister Flanagan stated:

“Today’s announcement brings Ireland’s total funding to the Haiti hurricane response to €1.7 million through funding to NGO partners and provision of emergency stocks. I am very pleased that my Department, through Irish Aid working with partners, was able to respond to the initial stages of the crisis quickly with pre-positioned stocks and funding.

“The hurricane has hit Haiti at a particularly vulnerable time, with the country already experiencing an increase in cholera, food insecurity and malnutrition. The impact of the hurricane will have repercussions for many months to come and it is imperative that the international community works quickly and effectively with the local community to prevent further suffering”.

Minister McHugh added:

“I am particularly concerned about people’s immediate and long term access to clean water and food. The funding of €1.5 million is being provided to experienced NGO partners, who will be responding to people’s needs including shelter provisions for temporary accommodation and rehabilitation of existing dwellings, water, sanitation and health activities to ensure access to safe drinking water, and distribution of food or cash with which families can support their own needs.”.

Minster McHugh added:

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and hope to airlift further supplies into the country in the coming days.”