East Lancashire Charity respond to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

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Local Charity Al-Imdaad Foundation have sent response teams to Haiti after the recent devastating Hurricane Matthew caused devastation through the Caribbean, destroying homes and communities in its path.

The category 4 storm hit Haiti with 145mph winds and torrential rains. It is the most powerful storm to affect the island in more than 50 years.  Haiti is one of the world’s poorest countries and is only just starting to recover from the catastrophic earthquake. Many homes are made from flimsy materials that can’t withstand extreme weather.

The level of damage is not yet known, as some parts of the country are totally cut off, with no means of communication, but initial reports suggest that at least 350,000 people have
been affected by the hurricane.  The death toll is over 1,000 people, while an estimated 90% of buildings have been levelled in the south of the country.

Al-Imdaad Foundation teams have responded with emergency aid and projects coordinator Zubair Valimulla who is on the ground stated “Our teams have been on the ground assisting thousands of families in Jérémie with food aid and water purification tablets, we are now seriously concerned about an epidemic of cholera, and that’s why the Ministry of Health with our assistance is taking all measures possible to avoid that happening,”

According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) situation report on Wednesday, 510 suspected cholera cases have been reported in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. Meanwhile, PAHO said in a statement today that “unofficial field sources indicate that some 477 suspected cholera cases were reported in the Southern Peninsula in the last 4 days.”

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To donate a food parcel with water purification tablets it costs only £30 which consists of rice bags, pasta cases, cooking oil, sugar, tuna, milk, tomato paste & beans, this can be donated at www.justgiving.com/haiti16 or at www.alimdaad.co.uk – For LIVE updates from the ground please call +447500 846688.

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