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UNSG Guterres reiterates solidarity with Haiti

United Nations, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) UN Secretary-General (UNSG) António Guterres on Wednesday doubled down on his solidarity with Haitian people amid a complex situation after being hit by an earthquake and tropical storm Grace drawing near.

The United Nations team on the ground will continue to scale up its response to the hardest-hit areas even as Tropical Storm Grace draws closer Haiti with its threat of pelting rainfall and flash floods.

As assessments reveal the level of suffering, the scale of humanitarian need in Haiti continues to grow, Guterres said, while calling on all UN member states to mobilize efforts to support Haiti in averting a humanitarian disaster.

¨I have a message to the people of Haiti: you are not alone. We will stand by your side and support you every step of the way out of this crisis.¨

The earthquake has destroyed or damaged thousands of homes, as well as hospitals and schools, churches, bridges and roads, Guterres regretted.

The United Nations team on the ground is working with the Government to help ensure humanitarian aid and personnel can reach people in need. UN agencies and partners are mobilizing resources and personnel in support of the Government response.

Staff from the United Nations disaster assessment and coordination teams are on their way to support coordination and assessments.

The UN has allocated $8 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to provide essential health care, clean water, emergency shelter and sanitation for all affected Haitians.

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