More than four million Haitians are dependent on humanitarian aid to meet their basic needs after the August 14 earthquake, the humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger warned on Wednesday.
The earthquake, which has already killed more than 2,200 people and destroyed most of the bridges and roads in the south-west of the country, severely damaged the irrigation systems of the rice fields in the region, “causing great losses in crops,” the organization said in an explanation.
“We saw the total devastation, almost all the houses destroyed,” complained the director of the Action Against Hunger in Haiti, Roseval Supreme, after a visit to the south of the country.
The organization warns that around half of those affected are children. They also highlight the impact of the disaster on the mental health of the population.
“The action against hunger on site provides the victims and the health workers working in an emergency with psychological support,” they assured the group.
“The population is in a state of shock,” added Supreme. “We saw people on the street corners looking for their belongings in the ruins,” he said.
One of the biggest challenges is still access to drinking water, which is why the organization has sent cleaning modules from Spain that can supply around 4,000 people a day, as the coordinator of the emergency team, Noelia Monge, explains.
Nonetheless, Monge warns that “the water and sanitation situation remains critical” as the earthquake completely destroyed the water infrastructure in the region.