Hurricane Sandy causes food insecurity in HaitiListen /
Haiti is facing a threat of food insecurity as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, according to a senior United Nations humanitarian official in the country.
Johan Peleman the head of the Office of the UN humanitarian agency (OCHA) in Haiti says his agency is still consolidating data of the destruction cause by the storm.
He says that between 15 – and 20,000 people have seen their houses completely destroyed, damaged or flooded as a result of the storm.
Mr. Peleman told UN Radio that what worries OCHA most is that Haiti had been hit by a long period of drought this year as well as by another hurricane Isaac which hit it in August.
"Now with this new tropical storm, we fear that a great deal of the harvest which was ongoing in the south of the country may have been destroyed completely. Already, the drought and the previous storm had hit the northern part of the country very badly and we had seen the levels of food insecurity rise there. With the south being hit now, we are going to face in the next couple of months very serious problems of malnutrition and food insecurity." (Duration: 29")
Mr. Peleman says there are approximately 1.2 million people who are facing food insecurity.