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UN reinforces response after attacks on Delma commune in Haiti

United Nations, May 9 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations (UN) is reinforcing on Thursday its humanitarian support in Delmas commune, in Haiti's capital, following lately attacks on the town.

As part of the response, the agency is providing meals, shelter and other supplies to those affected by the violence in the area, the Deputy Spokesperson for the UNSG António Guterres, Farhan Haq assured on Thursday.

According to the spokesperson, the UN expects to surge this assistance as security permits.

Meanwhile, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is expanding its support for water distribution in Port-au-Prince, a task that guarantees access to the vital liquid for 30,000 displaced Haitians.

Since the outbreak of violence, UNICEF and the National Directorate of Water and Sanitation have provided over 2.6 million liters of water to children and families in 20 sites hosting displaced people.

‘Without safe water and adequate sanitation and hygiene facilities, displaced children are exposed to waterborne diseases, more specifically a widespread outbreak of cholera,’ Ruben Um Bayiha, head of the agency’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme warned.

According to the envoy, the environment in the country is as unsafe and volatile as navigating a war zone every day.

Despite the challenges, the Children’s Fund and partners are stepping up their efforts to protect children and families and provide desperately needed life-saving support, he detailed.

Agencies such as the World Food Programme (WFP) are adding to the work with people forced to flee their homes in shelters and schools.

This week, WFP distributed food to 264,000 schoolchildren and over 5,600 displaced people in Port-au-Prince.

WFP further brought supplies to 26,000 people over the past few days in Cite Soleil, one of the most insecure neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince.

In total, over 680,000 Haitians have received food from WFP since the beginning of March, over 94,000 of them displaced in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area.