U.N. seeking $40 million for Haiti hurricane recovery

The United Nations and the Government of Haiti are seeking close to $40 million in extra funding for humanitarian needs in the Caribbean nation in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.

“An additional $39.9 million is required to address rising food insecurity, and provide shelter, health services and potable water for more than a million people,” the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said, citing the amount added to more than $110 million sought before Hurricane Sandy struck.

“Of this, $23.2 million is needed to meet the most urgent needs in 2012,” the agency added.

The increase brings the total amount sought to meet Haiti’s humanitarian needs over the next year to a little more than $151 million, according to the “Emergency Revision of the Haiti Consolidated Appeal: Needs Arising from the Impact of Hurricane Sandy, released Monday in Geneva.

Beginning as a tropical storm in late October in the Atlantic Ocean and then evolving as it progressed, Hurricane Sandy grew into what some media reports described as a “once in a generation” storm, causing death and destruction across the Caribbean region and the eastern seaboard of the United States.

In the Caribbean, five million people were affected and 72 people died. In Haiti alone, 54 people died, and hundreds of thousands of people were hit by floods and heavy winds. Along the U.S. eastern coastline and the New York metropolitan area, more than 100 people lost their lives.

Haiti’s Government says that Haiti’s agricultural sector has “cost a third of its annual production because of the combination of impacts by Sandy, Isaac and the drought, according to U.N. agency.

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