The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported Wednesday that 1.5 million Haitians are suffering from "food insecurity." At a daily news briefing here, deputy UN spokesman Eduardo del Buey cited OCHA information, saying 1.5 million people continue to have severe food insecurity in Haiti and nearly 82,000 children under five are malnourished. The dire situation is a result of drought and the impact of Hurricanes Issac and Sandy, both tropical storms that blasted through the Caribbean country last year, del Buey said.
Tropical storm Sandy hit the small island country late last October and destroyed thousands of homes, leaving many people in camps, and further damaging the economy. Last month, Nigel Fisher, acting special representative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and interim head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), said the high unemployment rates were compounded by two severe tropical storms and regional droughts that exacerbated the high levels of food insecurity facing many households.