Haiti cholera worsens

This video says about itself:

Haitians Barricading Streets with Coffins as Protests against U.N. Continue over Cholera Outbreak.

From Al Jazeera today:

The cholera death toll in Haiti is rising daily, with official figures indicating that 3,333 people have died since the outbreak of the epidemic in mid-October.

Official sources state that, as a result of cholera, the numbers have averaged out to around 50 new reported deaths a day.

The epidemic, the first in Haiti for more than a century, has further devastated an already desolate community still recovering from the January 2010 earthquake that crippled much of the country and left some 250,000 people dead.

The total number of cholera infections has soared to 150,000; newest data from December 26 noted 432 more deaths than previous health ministry statistics.

On Thursday, authorities in the neighbouring Dominican Republic also said there had been 139 reported cases there, though none of them fatal.

The outbreak of the disease triggered anti-UN riots in the capital Port-au-Prince last month, as some Haitans turned their anger on Nepalese peacekeepers who they accused of bringing cholera into the country.

A new study has backed speculation that Nepalese troops with U.N. security forces in Haiti were inadvertently responsible for the recent cholera outbreak that’s killed more than 2,000 people. French epidemiologist Renaud Piarroux says the most likely explanation for the outbreak is the contamination of Haiti’s Artobonite River located by the Nepalese troops’ base: here.

‘Disaster capitalism’ got a hold in Haiti, says Gary Dunion: here.

One million Haitians are still living in tents a year after the catastrophic earthquake and reconstruction has barely begun, according to an Oxfam report released on Wednesday: here.

Haiti one year on – hungry masses live in tents, under threat from cholera while women face rape: here.

One year after the Haitian earthquake which killed 230,000 people and injured 300,000 on 11 January 2010, more than one million people still live in appalling conditions in tent cities in the capital Port-au-Prince and in the south of Haiti: here.

One year after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, the horrors facing its population have only deepened, with a cholera epidemic claiming thousands of lives and hundreds of thousands left stranded in fetid tent camps: here.

New York, August 3, 2011–The body of José Agustín Silvestre, a critical Dominican journalist who ran a magazine and hosted a television program, was found Tuesday morning shortly after he was seized by gunmen in the southeastern city of La Romana, according to local press reports: here.

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