Rainy Season Increases Misery Level for Children and Families, Adds Risk of Waterborne Illnesses
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti (Vocus) March 12, 2010 -- Two months after Haiti was devastated by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake, thousands of children and families who were already facing a daily struggle to recover from the disaster now must contend with the rainy season. Save the Children is working to assist survivors and support children as they attempt to rebuild their lives.
The January 12 quake affected 3 million people, killing more than 220,000 people and leaving more than 1 million homeless and living among the ruins of Port-au-Prince, Logne and other shattered towns and villages.
Save the Children is continuing to provide emergency assistance to save lives, alleviate suffering and assist in the recovery of 800,000 people, among them 470,000 children, affected by the earthquake in Haiti. Of particular concern is the health and well-being of children as the rains have begun, swamping temporary settlements and increasing the risk that infectious diseases may take hold among vulnerable populations.
"The rains are only increasing the misery level for children and families," said Bruno Oudmayer, Save the Children's emergency team leader in Haiti. He added, "Displaced children were already vulnerable to disease, malnutrition and exploitation. Now they face the potential for waterborne illnesses and other dangers if their living conditions deteriorate. We must continue to support their health and protection needs as we also work to ensure that families have sufficient shelter and improved sanitation within the settlements to help them through this next potential crisis."
Shelter Kits Delivered to Thousands:
Save the Children has provided shelter materials to more than 7,500 households. The organization will continue to provide shelter kits — containing household items
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