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Specialists warn of possible humanitarian crisis in southern Haiti

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Specialists warn of possible humanitarian crisis in southern Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) Agronomist Pierre Léger on Wednesday warned southern Haiti could be facing up serious humanitarian crisis following the new rising cost of living one year after an earthquake that ravaged southern departments.
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Mr. Léger told Le Nouvelliste newspaper locals grew in the region as many Martissant residents, a poor neighborhood in the capital, fled to the south as a result of the upsurge in violence and actions of armed groups.

“The prices of agricultural products surged. This is terrible. I fear of a serious humanitarian crisis in the south of the peninsula,” Léger warned, while pointing out that the upcoming restart of the school year could be possible trigger as parents must face up expenses for the academic year.

Plus, the agronomist laid stress on how such a situation could impact on neighboring nations including the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cuba, which will have to challenge large migratory waves.

Meanwhile, the government is absent, Léger said and deplored that politicians insult poor people.

On Tuesday, the Agriculture Minister Brédy Charlot assured that as many as $7.5 million were invested for farming recovery, while Social Affairs Ministry distributed 300,000 solidarity baskets and transferred financial aid to hundreds of affected people.

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