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IT'S LIKE SOMETHING FROM A HORROR FILM; IRISH WOMAN'S HAITI HELL; Famine & disease fear after hurricane misery.

Byline: KATHY ARMSTRONG

HAITI is like "a horror movie" after Hurricane Matthew, an Irish woman living in the country has said.

The category four storm killed up to 900 people last week and there are further fears of famine and cholera.

Gena Heraty has been living in the country since 1993 and is a volunteer with the Little Brothers and Sisters orphanage in Kenscoff, around 15km from Port-au-Prince.

Gena, from Westport in Co Mayo, said: "We were very lucky but lots of our neighbours weren't, a lot of our staff are homeless after the storm.

"They've lost their livelihoods, they've lost their animals, they have lost their houses. At the same time we have many staff here that are coming from the south on a daily basis who are trying to get in touch with their families, it's absolutely horrific."

Speaking on Radio One's Morning Ireland yesterday, she said: "It took them 18 hours to get to the south and they literally had to build the road as they were going because they were blocked.

"Then we saw the pictures and the videos, it looks like something from a horror movie.

"Nearly all the trees are down and those that are not down haven't a single leaf left on them.

"So for the people the died in Matthew problem isn't the rain but the sun because they've no shelter and no shade." Gena s If you've cholera added people are now bracing themselves for a potential cholera outbreak.

She said: "The rivers are contaminated and a lot of people are telling us that access to drinking water is very difficult because wells were contaminated when the sea rose.

"Cholera is a big problem because it is very infectious and it doesn't take somebody long to die of cholera.

"If you do have cholera and you don't get access to an IV drip very fast you'll be gone.

"In these remote areas it's hard to see how these people will be able to escape cholera with the current situation.

"Imagine sitting in Westport and your and w don't family is in Cork and you don't know if they're drinking water or if they've food and they're all huddled together because in some areas there's only one house left.

"What's needed here is money and money fast because you can get a lot of supplies on the ground.

"So money and for people to invest in organisations that are doing the work on the ground and have the resources and the man power to get the aid to where it's needed."

Donations can be made to Our Little Brothers and Sisters orphanage via Sort Code: 900746 Account number: 42863621.

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900 Number of people in Haiti who died in Hurricane Matthew "If you've got cholera and you don't get access to an IV drip you will die GENA HERATY ON THE ONGOING CRISIS IN HAITI

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ANGUISH Houses are destroyed in the country

DESTRUCTION Rubble lies on the streets of Les Cayes

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Oct 12, 2016
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