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Hungry and angry Haitians loot food trucks

Hurricane victims in Haiti loot aid trucks in search of food as humanitarian aid is slow to arrive. Photograph: (Reuters)

Haiti, Port-au-Prince Oct 16, 2016, 06.52 AM (IST)

Hungry and angry Haitians looted a United Nations aid truck on Saturday as the UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon visited the country devastated by hurricane Matthew. 

 

The category 4 hurricane tore through Haiti on October 4, killing more than 900 people and leaving 1.4 million in dire need of humanitarian aid, according to international news agency Reuters. Flooding has also sparked fears of a Cholera outbreak. 

 

Ban Ki-Moon said he witnessed a looting incident in Les Cayes, where he has promised more aid in Haiti, BBC reported.  The police and UN peacekeepers used tear gas to disperse the crowd that attacked the truck, the report said.  

 

"We understand the impatience and the anger of the population who are waiting for emergency relief. We are doing all we can to facilitate the arrival of the assistance soon as possible," Ban was quoted as saying.  He added that the UN will mobilise resources and medical support to stop the cholera epidemic and reach out to support the families of the victims.

 

Haiti was earlier struck by a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake which had killed 220,000 people, according to Haitian government figures. 

 

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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