Sarajevo, 17 November 2010
Locals in Haiti's second city of Cap Haitien have clashed with UN peacekeepers for a second consecutive day, throwing stones at patrolling teams and calling for their removal from the country. The incidents on Tuesday morning came a day after the deaths of at least two people during clashes between residents and UN troops during a protest over an outbreak of cholera that has killed at least 1,000 people, according to official figures. Some Haitians blame Nepalese peacekeepers for the epidemic. Protesters threw stones and threatened to set fire to a base in Cap Haitien on Monday, Haitian radio and eyewitnesses said.
The violence prompted Rene Preval, the president, to plead for calm barely a week before a general election that will see his successor chosen in the first poll since January's earthquake killed 250,000 people and flattened Port-au-Prince, the capital.
Bautista Rojas, the health minister, told reporters on Tuesday that a 32-year-old Haitian-born man was being treated in the eastern town of Higuey.
Poor people are all aroun Haiti and pictures that are coming from there are more than catastrophic. Probably 2010 is the most catastrophic year in the last 1000 years, and maybe ever.
Nobody pays attention to naked and sick people around. Everybody is full of personal worries and it's not so strange that people behave like nothing happens.
About 8,000 cholera patients are also in hospitals, with growing concerns that the disease has spread to the capital Port-au-Prince. An aid organisation said that it was treating at least 30 suspected cholera cases in the city.
Except diseases and all other problems, people from Haiti had to fight against hurricane, called Tomas.
President Rene Preval had earlier pleaded with people to "protect" their lives. But he acknowledged that the authorities did not "have enough places [on buses] to move everyone".
"We have two catastrophes that we are managing. The first is the hurricane and the second is cholera," the president said in a television and radio address.
Stefano Zannini, Medecins Sans Frontieres' head of mission in Haiti, described the situation as "precarious".
The US National Hurricane Center has warned of hurricane conditions - winds of 74mph or greater - for Haiti, the south-eastern Bahamas, the Caicos Islands and the Cuban province of Guantanamo.
It also issued a tropical storm warning for Jamaica and the Cuban provinces of Santiago de Cuba and Holguin. Doctors have warned that torrential rain could flood sanitary installations and contaminate drinking water, worsening a cholera epidemic in the country.
On Wednesday health officials said there had been a 40% jump in the number of new cholera cases and the death toll was 442, with 105 more deaths since Saturday.
Sources: Al Jazeera, BBC and Sarajevo-X.com, AP