Hurricane Matthew has destroyed 80% of the crop in Haiti, which can cause hunger in the country, said the curator of the United Nations development programme (UNDP) in Haiti, Yvonne Helle.
It’s a disaster and it actually means that we will have famine in six months, she says.
It is reported that the storm destroyed crops such as rice, rye and beans. The disaster also caused damage to crops cocoa and coffee and fruit trees, which are the main exports of the country.
According to UN estimates, the lack of the crop due to the hurricane will lead to the starvation of more than 100 thousand children. It is noted that half of Haiti’s population suffered from malnutrition even before the country was hit by hurricane.
Hurricane Matthew has become the most powerful in the Atlantic since 2007. He collapsed to the South-East of Haiti on October 4, and became the largest humanitarian crisis of the Republic after the 2010 earthquake.
According to the UN office for the coordination of humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as of 11 October, the number of victims of the hurricane is more than 470 people. In addition, 75 of the Haitian people remain missing, and 340 as a result of the disaster and the injured. In need of humanitarian assistance more than 1.4 million people, including more than 592 of thousands of children.