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Haiti: Safe Drinking Water Provided to Thousands in Need

Haiti’s capital has been plagued by violence perpetrated by criminal gangs for several years. About two months ago, a coordinated attack by criminal gangs paralysed a large area of ​​Port-au-Prince.

From then onwards, United Nations Children’s Fund In collaboration with the National Directorate for Water and Sanitation in Haiti, it has provided 2.6 million litres of safe drinking water to displaced children and their families in 20 locations.

The recent surge in violence has exacerbated the situation, and vulnerable families and children do not have access to the support and services they need.

This year’s rainy season has added to their misery, with the capital’s low-lying areas flooded extensively and a surge in cholera cases.

Ruben Um Bayiha, UNICEF Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, said that due to lack of access to drinking quality water and sanitation, displaced children are facing water-borne diseases.

UNICEF officials said working in such an unsafe environment is like spending every day in a war zone.

Support for displaced families

Despite these challenges, UNICEF and its partner organizations are scaling up their efforts to protect children and their families and provide them with life-saving support.

UNICEF has provided safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services at centres for displaced people in Haiti.

These include supply of water through trucks, purification of piped water, repair of water supply systems, construction of temporary toilets and provision of hygiene materials, among other services.

According to UNICEF, these efforts have resulted in progress in March. 2.6 million liters of chlorinated water has been distributed to displaced families and children.

Fear of situation getting worse

The United Nations Children’s Fund reiterates its commitment to deliver assistance to those in need as the situation changes, especially with the possibility of cyclones in the coming days.

UNICEF official Ruben Um Bayiha warned that the crisis could get worse if relief efforts are not scaled up.

Currently, UNICEF aims to provide quality water to 88.4 million people in Haiti this year to meet their drinking water and domestic needs.

Also, it is important to maintain cleanliness and hygiene.

David Dass
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