Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Haiti Flooding Emergency Update: MSF Is Currently Helping Thousands of People Affected by Severe Flooding after a Series of Hurricanes Hit Haiti in September. Max Cosci, MSF's Emergency Co-Ordinator, Speaks from Port-Au-Prince Two Weeks after the Hurricanes Struck

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Haiti Flooding Emergency Update: MSF Is Currently Helping Thousands of People Affected by Severe Flooding after a Series of Hurricanes Hit Haiti in September. Max Cosci, MSF's Emergency Co-Ordinator, Speaks from Port-Au-Prince Two Weeks after the Hurricanes Struck

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"A big part of town has completely gone. Around 200,000 people live in Gonaives and about 80 percent of it has been submerged. There's at least half a metre of water everywhere and it's still raining.

All the bridges have collapsed and the roads into Gonaives are impassable--even big vehicles with caterpillar tracks can't get through. So for more than three weeks the only way to get there has been by helicopter or boat.

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I was in the helicopter when we arrived on the first day. It seemed like we were the only doctors in town.

People were opening the doors of the ambulance we'd found and just putting in children with their heads cracked open and people with arms or legs broken and lots of people with bleeding wounds.

On the first day alone we did 16 surgical procedures. And then in the following days we started doing mobile clinics as well, in the shelters where people had gathered together, But there are so many shelters, so it's not easy to reach all of them--and people move from one place to another, so we don't always know where people are. …

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