(Vatican Radio) In Haiti, over 2.1 million people were affected by Hurricane Matthew at the end of last month when torrential downpours and strong winds felled trees, swept away people and animals, and destroyed up to 90 percent of homes in some areas of the southwestern peninsula.

Caritas Internationalis, the Catholic Church’s humanitarian agency is on the ground focusing on ensuring Haitians have food, clean water and hygiene items and shelter.

It has launched an international appeal for 250,000 euros in the attempt to provide assistance to the most vulnerable and isolated who have been affected by the disaster.

Clean water is in short supply and poor sanitation threatens to trigger another outbreak of cholera, a disease that has killed some 10,000 since the 2010 earthquake.

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