Almost three years after an earthquake devastated Haiti, the country now faces another threat after Hurricane Sandy: rising food prices and an increase in cholera cases in Caribbean nation where storm killed 52 people.
The UN is warning that flooding and unsanitary conditions could lead to a sharp increase in cases of cholera, while aid workers are worried that extensive crop damage will mean that food prices will rise.
Extensive damage to crops throughout the southern third of the country, as well as the high potential for a surge in cases of cholera and other water-borne diseases, could mean Haiti will see the deadliest effects of Sandy in the coming days and weeks.
Haiti has reported the highest death from Sandy so far, as swollen rivers and landslides claimed at least 52 lives, according to the country’s civil protection office. The Washington Post reports that Hurricane Sandy rendered 18,000 of the estimated 370,000 families living in tent camps homeless. The Bri Kouri Nouvèl Gaye (Noise Travels, News Spreads) team went into one of the camps to see the situation of the people living there.
“We are hungry, things for me are bad, our tarp is torn,” a woman tells the camera in the video below. “It’s misery.”
Since October 2010, a cholera outbreak has hit almost 600,000 people and killed more than 7,400 in Haiti.
Sandy also destroyed banana crops in eastern Jamaica as well as delete the coffee crop in eastern Cuba.