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Half of Haiti’s Earthquake Victims Still Have Not Received Assistance, U.N. Says

The Miami Herald
A man stands in front of a damaged school in Corail, Haiti, in the Grand’Anse region. Many structures in this small fishing village were damaged or destroyed by the earthquake.

A month after a deadly earthquake devastated communities along Haiti’s southern peninsula, many of the urgent humanitarian needs continue to go unmet, with some people yet to receive any aid, the United Nations said Thursday.

Of the 800,000 people estimated to have been affected by the powerful 7.2 magnitude temblor, which damaged or destroyed thousands of homes, schools and churches in three regional departments of southern Haiti, about 400,000 are still in need of some initial assistance. Some have not yet received aid because they live in remote areas. Others still lack access to potable drinking water or need help to return to school because so many schools were destroyed, said Bruno Lemarquis, the U.N.’s resident and humanitarian coordinator in Haiti.

“The resilience of the Haitian people has really been pushed to the brink,” he said. “We must ensure that Haiti does not become one small forgotten crisis in the context of this earthquake.”

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.