- Title: 'They are hungry': Haiti quake survivors demand emergency aid
- Date: 24th August 2021
- Summary: LES CAYES, HAITI (AUGUST 20, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE LOOTING AID TRUCK GRAND'ANSE, HAITI (AUGUST 23, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TENTS SET UP IN A RURAL AREA CHILD IN CAMP QUAKE SURVIVOR EVELYA MICHELE AND HER CHILDREN LEAVING TENT VARIOUS OF MICHELE AND HER CHILDREN WALKING AMONG CAMP (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) QUAKE SURVIVOR, EVELYA MICHELE, SAYING: "We are here with our children; I don't know how many, but we need to feed them, we need food, water dress. They are crying because they are hungry and thirsty. We need medication, and now we use this place as a shelter, then we really need help to feed our children ourselves." VARIOUS OF CHILDREN PLAYING CARD QUAKE SURVIVORS AT TENT MIMOSE DANGER AND HER FAMILY AT TENT CLOSE UP OF DANGER'S SON DANGER AND HER FAMILY AT TENT (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) QUAKE SURVIVOR, MIMOSE DANGER, SAYING: "Our throats are dry because we are thirsty. We have no choice but to stay here. Children crying for water and food. We stay here because there is nothing else we can do." DRONE FOOTAGE OF CAMP PEOPLE IN CAMP CHILD WITH HEAD WOUNDS QUAKE SURVIVORS AT TENT CHILD'S FEET (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) PASTOR, LINDOR OBED, SAYING: "People are in a complicated situation. It's really deplorable. Their homes are destroyed, and now they live in tents when it rains; it is catastrophic. It is terrible for them. This is not a place to live in." DRONE FOOTAGE OF CAMP CHILDREN AND WOMAN LYING ON GROUND NUMBER 42 IN A TENT TRUCK TRANSPORTING PEOPLE TRUCK DRIVING NEXT TO A LANDSLIDE ON A ROAD DRONE FOOTAGE OF LANDSLIDE ON A ROAD
- Embargoed: 7th September 2021 04:04
- Keywords: Haiti Les Cayes Peste children earthquake food medicines
- Location: GRANDâ€™ANSE, LES CAYES, HAITI
- City: GRANDâ€™ANSE, LES CAYES, HAITI
- Country: Haiti
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,South America / Central America,Earthquakes/Volcanoes/Tsunami
- Reuters ID: LVA001ERN281Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Deep in the mountains of Haiti's southern peninsula, in the department of Grand'Anse, near the town of Duchity, about a hundred farmers are living in slender tents of wooden poles and bedsheets they erected along the highway.
The quake destroyed their homes, crops, and the deep concrete-lined holes used to collect and store rainwater.
Now, with scant food and water, many of the young children suffer from hunger, fevers, and infections, said Evelya Michele, a mother of five living in the encampment.
Many survivors of an earthquake that killed more than 2,200 people in southern Haiti are worried about providing for their children, with more than half a million minors feared to be at risk from the fallout.
Over half a million children were affected by the earthquake, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said.
The temblor claimed the lives of at least 2,207 people, injured 12,268 more, and left 344 missing, according to Haitian authorities, and followed an even more destructive earthquake in 2010, which killed tens of thousands of Haitians.
Still, there are a few encouraging developments. Late on Sunday, civil protection authorities said 24 people who had been reported missing, including four children, had been found and taken by helicopter to Camp-Perrin to be looked after.
Recovery efforts have been impeded by flooding and damage to roads, feeding tensions in hard-hit areas. In the past few days, residents have looted aid trucks in several towns across the south, stirring concerns about security.
The Aug. 14 quake hammered infrastructure, destroying or damaging some 130,000 homes, cutting off roads, and pitching thousands of families in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country into an uncertain future.
(Production: Herbert Villarraga, Robenson Sanon, Liamar Ramos)
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