WHO seeks $4.2 million for Haitian flood victims

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The U.N.'s World Health Organization is appealing for US$4.2 million to help treat injured and sick Haitians in the wake of a devastating string of storms.

The WHO warns of a shortage of medical supplies, especially in the flooded northern city of Gonaives. Insulin, anesthetics, surgical material, antibiotics and emergency kits are running low.

As floodwaters recede, hundreds of Haitians have made their way to mobile clinics with stomach ailments, respiratory problems and cuts and infections from days walking in flooded streets.

WHO coordinator Dana van Alphen said Friday the agency doesn't have a clear picture of the extent of the problems. Aid workers still have been unable to reach some flooded villages outside Gonaives.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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