Haiti faced the brunt of the massive category four hurricane, resulting in the loss of more than 1,000 lives and some US$1 billion in damage.
Thousands of Haitians are in shelters as hundreds of homes were destroyed in the Caribbean nation. It is expected the estimates in loss of life will rise as more reports come in.
Among the affected cities and towns were Cote de fer, Les Anglais, Tiburon, Roche à Bateaux, Dame Marie, Fond des Negres, Les Irois, Anse d'Aineaux, Cayes and Jeremie in Haiti's southwest region.
There are concerns that the cholera disease, which had affected the country before the hurricane, will become more widespread and severe.
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Banzaid is the international aid and development department of the New Zealand Baptist Missionary Society (NZBMS).
A world without poverty and oppression, in which all people and communities experience sustainable livelihoods and well-being, empowered to care for each other and the earth, encouraging peaceful and just relationships.
As followers of Jesus, Banzaid works to restore life and transform communities, by partnering with the poor and marginalised to alleviate poverty, facilitate sustainable development, capacity build local development initiatives and advocate for peace and justice.
Banzaid works to restore life of the world's poor by
- supporting and funding aid and development partners in developing countries, while
- creating awareness in New Zealand people about aid and development issues, motivating them to share their lives and resources.