Irish charity desperate to raise funds for Haiti victims
Published 07/10/2016 | 02:30
Tens of thousands of people in Haiti have been affected by the devastating Hurricane Matthew.
Towns and villages have been submerged under several feet of rainwater and houses have been destroyed by 230kph winds.
Figures provided by the Civil Protection Department suggest 15,623 people have been evacuated and 1,855 homes have been flooded.
More than 300,000 people are in shelters across the country, the United Nations said.
Irish charity Haven has issued an urgent appeal to raise vital funds in the wake of the most powerful hurricane to hit the Caribbean in almost 10 years.
Haven's country director for Haiti, John Moore, said: "Families across Haiti are in shock after the third major natural disaster to hit the country since 2010. As well as the critical damage done to their communities as a whole, some of Haven's key livelihoods programmes have been destroyed.
"We urgently need to raise funds to push emergency relief forward and support the people of Haiti to rebuild their lives."
To donate, visit Haven's website: www.havenpartnership.com.