A young woman walks amid the rubble of a destroyed home after Hurricane Matthew swept through Port-a-Piment, Haiti. CNS photo

Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS), the overseas humanitarian arm of the Church in Singapore, has pledged an initial US$10,000 (S$13,900) in grant aid to Caritas Haiti in response to the disaster caused by Hurricane Matthew.

The funds will be used to aid ground relief efforts – providing food, clean drinking water, hygiene kits, blankets and other necessary support to the people affected by the catastrophe.

Caritas Haiti has warned that the lack of clean drinking water increases the risk of infections.

With the threat of a cholera outbreak imminent, Caritas will also raise awareness about the increased risk of infectious diseases and prevention measures.

Haiti, the poorest country in Latin America, was hit by the hurricane on Oct 4. The Category 4 storm is the strongest to have hit the region in a decade and it is believed to have killed more than 1,000 people in the country.

Over 15,500 people have fled their homes and 350,000 are in need of immediate help as many are living in temporary shelters, hungry, and without their possessions.

The United Nations has made a worldwide emergency appeal and Caritas Internationalis is launching a Rapid Response Initiative on behalf of Caritas Haiti.

CHARIS is the umbrella body for overseas humanitarian aid by the Archdiocese of Singapore. Humanitarian situations include natural disasters and other adverse circumstances faced by the poor and needy.

For more reports, visit www.charis-singapore.org. To donate towards Haiti relief efforts and other humanitarian situations, please call 6337-4119 or email:[email protected]