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Desperate Haitians loot United Nations truck

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
UN peacekeepers stand guard after troops clashed with rock-throwing neighborhood residents in Les Cayes, Haiti
UN peacekeepers stand guard after troops clashed with rock-throwing neighborhood residents in Les Cayes, Haiti

A United Nations truck has been looted by desperate Haitians.

The incident occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and just hours before UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived for a visit.

The Category 4 hurricane tore through Haiti on 4 October killing about 1,000 people and leaving more than 1.4 million in need of humanitarian aid.

An estimated 175,000 people were made homeless.

The storm also disrupted power, communications and transport links.

"We will mobilise all the resources to help you," Mr Ban told a handful of residents gathered at a local school being used as a shelter for hurricane victims.

"Tensions are high in Les Cayes and elsewhere in Haiti's southwest region because help has yet to reach many families whose crops and water supplies were destroyed, increasing the risk of cholera and malnutrition.

A coordinator for the American wing of the World Health Organisation said the UN base was shut down after looting of two World Food Programme food containers outside the base yesterday.