With the rainy season bearing down on Haiti, the recent storms have shown how fragile the situation is on the island. Homes only just scraped together from nothing have been washed away, inadequate sanitation overflows, and the misery deepens.
That is why the United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has launched the organisation’s biggest-ever emergency aid call – over a billion euros.
“The rainy season is coming to Haiti. then it will be extremely important for us to provide on a priority basis, like shelter and sanitations and all other necessary humanitarian assistance,” he said.
Over a million people are living like this in Haiti, and now they will have thick, clinging mud to contend with as they struggle to pick themselves up.
“I am living on the ground but the rain came all last night. The rain is here now and I don’t know what to do, everyone is in the same situation,” said one man.
The airport has reopened partially, with Air France restoring a two flights a day, five days a week service. Tourists are starting to return, but the Haitians face a race against time to prepare for the floods to come.
UN launches record aid appeal for Haiti