As more information trickles in from the once out-of-reach remote areas of Haiti, the world is beginning to understand the full repercussion of Hurricane Matthew’s blow.
Cholera, once eradicated from Haiti, was introduced by UN peacekeepers after the 2010 earthquake that killed of 200,000 Haitian citizens, and is a continuing threat to Haiti in the wake of Matthew.
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“Due to massive flooding and its impact on water and sanitation infrastructure, cholera cases are expected to surge after Hurricane Matthew, and through the normal rainy season until the start of 2017,” said the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in a statement as reported by HuffPost.
According to HuffPost, since the hurricane, seven people died of cholera in the town of Anse-d’Hainault and another seventeen cases of the disease have been reported in Chardonnieres.
While there are differing death tolls being reported by various government agencies, Reuters has tallied a total of 1,000 deaths.