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Cyclone Matthew in Haiti: Support Needed

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Cyclone Matthew in Haiti

Rotary New Zealand in collaboration with The Salvation Army has launched an appeal for cash donations to provide practical support for families affected by Cyclone Matthew in Haiti.

Flooding and mudslides remain a serious concern throughout the impacted region, particularly in the areas of Aux Cayes, Port-au-Prince, and Petit Goave, where a large bridge collapsed, an important thoroughfare to the capital city. In southern Haiti, where the destruction was especially brutal, Salvation Army schools and community centres opened throughout the region to host vulnerable people, many of whom lost their roofs or entire homes due to violent winds and falling trees.

Latest estimates suggest one thousand people have been killed and one and a quarter million people have been affected who are in need of immediate and ongoing humanitarian assistance.

The Salvation Army immediately responded at evacuation shelters with supplies of food, safe drinking water and clothing in addition to visiting and providing support for those who are able to remain in their homes, all needing basic supplies for their health and wellbeing at a time of physical and mental anguish.

Without the intervention from organisations such as The Salvation Army and Rotary there is a heightened risk of waterborne diseases including cholera, typhoid, hepatitis A and malaria.

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Haiti was devastated in 2010 with a 7.0 earthquake and Cyclone Matthew has dealt the people still reeling from that disaster a further serious setback.

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