UN chief saddened by loss of life in rainstorm in Haiti

09:24, September 26, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday was saddened by the loss of life and damage caused by a Sept. 24 rainstorm in the small island country of Haiti, which is still recovering from the January earthquake, and the United Nations is assessing the damage on the ground, a UN statement said.

The statement, issued by Ban's spokesman here, said, "The secretary-general is saddened by the loss of life and damage caused by the sudden rainstorm in Haiti on Sept. 24, 2010. He extends his deepest condolences to the families of those who have died."

The sudden and powerful storm left five people dead, reports said. The storm ripped through the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, where more than 1.3 million people live eight months after the massive earthquake destroyed their homes.

"The United Nations is responding to the situation," the statement said. "More than 40 teams composed of staff of the United Nations, aid agencies and the government of Haiti are currently assessing the damage, and an aerial assessment is being conducted with the government."

"MINUSTAH's (United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) forces are deployed throughout the city and are helping people who have been trapped or are in need of medical assistance," the statement said. "The aid community has adequate supplies in place to respond, including tarpaulins, hygiene hits, blankets and food. "

"The secretary-general welcomes the generosity of donors who have responded to this and other crises this year, including the devastating floods in Pakistan," the statement said. "The secretary-general stressed the importance of the need for continued support for Haiti where 450 million U.S. dollars are still required to meet ongoing needs."

Source: Xinhua


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