Haiti’s Interim President Says Country Is Facing ‘Major Food Crisis’

The international community is falling short in its commitment to Haiti’s recovery, the country’s interim President Jocelerme Privert says.

Jocelerme Privert told the BBC that devastating losses from last month’s Hurricane Matthew were equal to the country’s entire national budget.

Mr Privert said Haiti was facing a “major food crisis” and worsening levels of malnutrition.

He urged governments around the world to do more to help.

Crisis in the offing
Hurricane Matthew ripped through Haiti on 4 October.

The Category 4 storm, the strongest to hit the Caribbean in a decade, devastated large parts of the country and affected 2.1 million people.

The Haitian government estimates 1.5 million people are in need of immediate assistance, including more than 140,000 people who are living in temporary shelters.

Speaking from his home in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, Mr Privert said that he “didn’t want to see Haitian people die because of the unavailability of international assistance”.

The president warned that without immediate financial support to replant crops destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, Haiti’s situation could worsen further.

“If we don’t manage to re-launch agriculture then in three to four months we’ll find ourselves with a major food crisis,” he told the BBC.

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