Victims of hurricane in Haiti get assistance from UN relief agency

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Tropical Storm Isaac hits Haiti – a woman wades through flood waters UN Photo/Logan Abassi

Close to 14,000 people have been evacuated in Haiti which was hit by Hurricane Isaac over the weekend, according to the United Nations relief agency (OCHA).

The hurricane killed at least six people including an eight-year-old girl and affected thousands of others.

OCHA says that the damage caused by the storm is still being determined but it appears that the south-east and west of the Caribbean country were most affected.

Vanessa Huguenin of the OCHA office in Geneva says a lot of work had been done to help people living in the highest risk zones in Haiti even before the storm.

"We have evacuated close to 14,000 people in several temporary shelters. People are receiving assistance in the camps, food distribution, potable water, but even now that the storm has passed we still need to be able to assist people. Some people have taken refuge or shelter in schools. The school is supposed to resume in September so we need to work to be sure that people can return."

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About 400,000 people who were displaced by the deadly earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 are still living in camps.

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