I share the Secretary-General’s sadness at the loss of life and immense destruction in the Caribbean region, as Hurricane Irma continues on its devastating path.
As Emergency Relief Coordinator, I commend the respective Governments of the region for their leadership in preparedness and response for the millions of people that are and will be affected by the category 5 storm.
In the days preceding the storm’s landfall yesterday, humanitarian agencies began to pre-position supplies and technical experts to support national and regional relief efforts.
Hurricane Matthew has precipitated the worst humanitarian crisis in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. Since the Category 4 storm rolled across south-western Haiti with winds of 235 kilometres per hour on 4 October, Haitian authorities have reported a death toll of well over 300. Hundreds more people are feared dead as rescue workers access more areas.
(New York, 16 May 2016) My thoughts are with the people of Ecuador today as they mark one month since the earthquake devastated towns and villages in central and coastal provinces, killing nearly 700 people and destroying homes, schools and hospitals. Hundreds of thousands of people remain affected.
(New York/Washington DC, 17 April 2016) I am saddened by the loss of life in central Ecuador where yesterday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake has claimed over 230 lives, injured more than 1,500, and has affected more than one million people. I offer my heartfelt concern for all who have been caught up in this disaster.
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I’ve just come back from a two-day visit to Haiti and want to give you an update on the humanitarian situation there.
In Port-au-Prince I met people who are still living with the impact of last year’s earthquake and ongoing cholera epidemic. I also met Haitian government officials, representatives of humanitarian organizations and donors.
(New York, 10 December 2010): Recent violence is severely impeding access to the lifesaving medical assistance people need to combat cholera. The civil unrest has also hampered health promotion work and water distribution, which is critical to reducing infection and mortality rates.