By Dialogo October 03, 2011 The United Nations aid chief called for continued humanitarian assistance to Haiti, stressing the crisis in a country still reeling from last year’s monster earthquake. Visiting the country during a two-day evaluation mission, Valerie Amos said the 600,000 people still living in camps have urgent needs for basic food, water, sanitation and housing services. “I visited camps and see for myself the difficult conditions. I was told about significant deterioration of hygiene and sanitation since the departure of many NGOs which have run out of money,” Amos told reporters. The humanitarian situation has been further aggravated by a cholera epidemic, food insecurity for 4.5 million people and an active hurricane season that has already destroyed homes and crops. “It’s clear that here in Haiti there are still significant unmet needs in water and sanitation, food insecurity persists and of course this is a country which is vulnerable to further outbreaks of cholera and to recurring natural disasters,” Amos said. She warned that while Haiti has made progress since the January 2010 earthquake that leveled the capital, killed more than 225,000 people and left one in seven homeless, “much more needs to be done.” An ensuing cholera epidemic left over 5,000 people dead. “As the focus now moves on to the longer term sustainable development of Haiti, we also need to remember those still in humanitarian need,” the relief chief added, adding that she was concerned about the situation of women exposed to violence and insecurity. Amos met with Haitian President Michel Martelly and held talks with the heads of groups working on the ground. She noted that Martelly has publicly expressed disapproval for forced evictions of people living in camps while waiting to find solution to relocate the homeless.
“We had a really good week of training,” said head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “It was a cold week for South Carolina with cold temperatures and wind just about every day. Not ideal conditions. Didn’t miss anytime though so that was good.” Photo Gallery Drake officially opens the spring season at Kansas on March 25. Print Friendly Version Drake shared the water with numerous other collegiate programs, who expected to have a week of warm temperatures and ideal water conditions. The Bulldogs overcame the adversity and really put together a good week heading to the first official race next weekend. Drake defeated Marist and Purdue in both varsity 8+ 2,000-meter races and in the 2nd varsity 8 1,000-meter race. Story Links “Lot of good technical work and good improvements. Rowed really well on Friday night against Marist. Stayed competitive with them, who I consider one of the best and fastest in the conference (MAAC). We have a long way to go, but it is always good to be close to the fastest team in the conference. The team liked the way they rowed and had a good week of training. Excited to get home and prepare for our next race in Kansas.” CLEMSON, S.C. – The Drake University rowing team defeated Marist and Purdue in a trio of races in a scrimmage to end its week-long spring break training trip in Clemson, S.C. Drake, which arrived in S.C. on March 10, spent the week on Lake Hartwell. The team battled unusually cold temperatures for the state, but managed to never skip a day on the water despite tough cold and windy conditions.