ternational aid organizations are gearing up for a massive relief operation in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew killed at least 1,000 people and left 1.4 million in need of humanitarian assistance. But foreign aid groups are now trying to avoid mistakes made in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake when some $9.5 Billion did not get to where it was needed most.
And the focus this time is on tackling the spread of cholera. Reuter's correspondent McKenney Bryce is in Haiti. So what we're seeing is a lot of aid organizations coming in with medicine. Many health centers were destroyed. Many doctors and nurses were unable to reach the facility In which they work for quite some time.
And obviously we've seen a cholera epidemic be exacerbated in the region. We're seeing towns that had no cholera cases for months now need to portend once again with outbreaks.>> Cholera was first introduced in Haiti after the earthquake when Nepali peacekeepers accidentally emptied sewage into a river. The disease has now killed more than 9,000 people, including up to 173 in the past week when the hurricane churned human waste with river and well water.
Now the Haitian government is stepping in.>> We are seeing the government be very proactive, and they are coordinating and implementing response. This is a storm that didn't necessarily batter Port au Prince, and so as a result, the central government is able to act and respond to the crisis in a way that it wasn't necessarily able to for the earthquake.
>> While, this time, foreign aid is being coordinated by the Haitian government, the approach is not without its pitfalls. Some experts are concerned that Haiti's struggles with bureaucracy and corruption could slow down the urgent process of getting aid to the needy before it's too late.