People flee to safer areas to be with relatives, although many others, including children, sleep outdoors or in informal shelters.
Response efforts underway
A spokesperson for Stéphane Dujarric She said the newly displaced are in urgent need of assistance and protection.
“Priority needs include sanitation, housing, access to clean water and food,” he told reporters.
“Response efforts are underway to assist some 2,000 of the most vulnerable people. These efforts are led by the Municipality and the Civil Protection, with the support of the UN. ”
The violence has resulted in the death or injury of several people, as rival gangs fight to exert control over populous areas such as Martissant, Cité-Soleil and Bel Air. Hundreds of homes and small businesses were also burned down.
Police stations attacked
The latest displacement adds to the more than 4,000 people uprooted in the past 12 months due to similar incidents.
OCHA reported that national police forces are often unable to provide safety and security during clashes, leaving populations vulnerable to themselves.
Police stations were also targeted. One policeman was killed and another was injured when armed assailants attacked all three police stations in Cité-Soleil on Saturday, stealing several weapons.
“The unprecedented level of violence and subsequent displacements are creating a series of secondary problems, such as disruption of social functioning at the community level, family separation, increased financial burdens on host families, forced closure of schools, the loss of livelihoods and a general fear among the affected populations, “OCHA said in a referral situation earlier this week.
The United Nations and partners are coordinating closely with the Haitian authorities to ensure humanitarian access.