The Civil Protection Directorate acknowledged this week that victims took refuge in 45 sites, many of which do not have adequate services.
“Gun violence in several neighborhoods in the metropolitan region has increasingly forced residents to seek shelter in schools, public squares and churches, among other places. They are crowded together for their lives, deprived of everything,” the entity lamented in a statement.
The Ministry of Education confirmed that at least 26 of these sites are educational centers, which identified 3,889 students and almost 300 teachers among those displaced from Port-au-Prince.
In view of this situation, Civil Protection encouraged the authorities to mobilize the necessary resources to assist vulnerable people, mainly hot meals, drinking water, hygiene and sanitation kits, canvases, mattresses, and blankets, among other supplies.
Human rights organizations warned that the deteriorating sanitary conditions at the sites could increase the risk of spreading diseases such as scabies, flu, diarrhea, cholera and tuberculosis.
(Taken from Orbe)