UN / HAITI UPDATE

16-Sep-2021 00:02:34
“The resilience of the Haitian people has really been pushed to the brink,” the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti said on Thursday, calling for “the sustained action and attention” in the years to come, to help the Caribbean nation recover from the devastating earthquake that shook Haiti last month. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / HAITI UPDATE
TRT: 2:34
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 16 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

16 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room with briefers on screen
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Bruno Lemarquis, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti:
“The search and rescue operations have been closed now, they have been concluded and the final the final count is 2200 people have died, and over 12,700 people have been injured. At least 800,000 people have been affected, among which 650,000 in need of assistance. There has been more than 137 houses, damaged or destroyed, 900 schools, 56 have structures damaged and destroyed, and the list goes on.”
4.Wide shot, press room with briefers on screen
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Bruno Lemarquis, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti:
“In the mountainous area there has been an incredible number of landslides - over 1000 landslides, and this is having a direct impact on people livelihood, on farming, on livestock. People are very, very hard at work, to, to rebuild to restart the life to get on to move on, and there is a lot of solidarity in all the villages and towns we've visited.”
6.Cutaway, reporters
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Bruno Lemarquis, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti:
“The resilience of the Haitian people has really been pushed to the brink, and we must ensure that Haiti does not become one small forgotten crisis in the context of this earthquake. So, the sustained action and attention are needed now for the humanitarian response but also for the years to come, to support the effort of the Haitian people, but also to support the longer-term recovery and post-earthquake reconstruction.”
8.Cutaway, reporters
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Bruno Lemarquis, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti:
“So, the focus needs to be kept on Haiti, as many of the urgent humanitarian needs are still not being met. And as we are transitioning now to a more sustainable recovery phase.”
10.Wide shot, press room with briefers on screen
11.SOUNDBITE (English) Giuseppe Loprete, Chief of Mission in Haiti, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM):
“Many of these areas were already difficult to access, even before the earthquake, because there are no roads, and some municipalities are really far away and out of reach, not only because of the earthquake, but because of, in general, the situation in these departments are very difficult. So we're really doing our best to reach everyone as soon as possible.”
12.Wide shot, press room with briefers on screen
STORYLINE
“The resilience of the Haitian people has really been pushed to the brink,” the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti said on Thursday (16 Sep), calling for “the sustained action and attention” in the years to come, to help the Caribbean nation recover from the devastating earthquake that shook Haiti last month.

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck in the southwest of Haiti on 14 August. The final toll is 2200 people dead and over 12,700 injured. At least 800,000 people have been affected, among which 650,000 in need of assistance. More than 137 houses are damaged or destroyed, as well as 900 schools, according to Bruno Lemarquis, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti who was briefing the reporters in New York via videolink from Haiti on Thursday (16 Sep).

“In the mountainous area there has been an incredible number of landslides - over 1000 landslides, and this is having a direct impact on people livelihood, on farming, on livestock,” Lemarquis said. “People are very, very hard at work, to, to rebuild to restart the life to get on to move on, and there is a lot of solidarity in all the villages and towns we've visited,” he added.

The international community needs to remain committed to support the longer-term recovery and post-earthquake reconstruction, he said.

“So, the focus needs to be kept on Haiti, as many of the urgent humanitarian needs are still not being met and as we are transitioning now to a more sustainable recovery phase,” Lemarquis said.

Among the issues facing humanitarians is the access to some 400 000 vulnerable people mostly living in the hard-to-reach area.

“Many of these areas were already difficult to access, even before the earthquake, because there are no roads, and some municipalities are really far away and out of reach, not only because of the earthquake, but because of, in general, the situation in these departments are very difficult. So we're really doing our best to reach everyone as soon as possible,” said Giuseppe Loprete, Chief of the IOM in Haiti.
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