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|October 28, 2008|
HELP HAITI IF YOU CAN
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes said yesterday that he was willing to make an additional allocation from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to meet urgent needs. CERF has already allocated $4.3 million to three UN aid agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), but that was more than a month ago.
Haiti remains in desperate need of support after four hurricanes and tropical storms Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike lashed the country between mid-August and mid-September, killing nearly 800 people and affecting an estimated 1 million people.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that only $24.8 million has been received of the $106 million requested by aid agencies to help with relief and recovery efforts.
Mr. Holmes, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, toured the northern seaside city of Gonaives, considered the hardest-hit city. Living conditions inside Gonaives have been made more difficult by large volumes of stagnant water and mud.
There are many organizations providing relief to Haiti, among them UNICEF, the World Food Program, CARE, Save the Children, Americares, American Red Cross and Yele Haiti.