Haitian cholera death toll surpasses 500

The health ministry of Haiti has announced that its latest reports show that the death toll from the recent outbreak of cholera has risen from 442 to 501 in just the last three days.

The number of people admitted the hospital from the often deadly waterborne disease has risen from 6,742 to 7,359, according to ABC News.

Aid workers are now afraid that the number could rise significantly because of floods caused by Hurricane Thomas. The storm has so far left the crowded housing camps around the capital, Port-au-Prince, alone, according to ABC News. There are thought to be over one million people that were affected by January’s earthquakes residing in the camps.

Relief agencies are rushing clean drinking water and other supplies to the areas affected by the floods, ABC News reports. A Cuban doctor, Buenaventura Sanchez, who is working where the cholera epidemic began, told ABC News that the storm has already made things worse.

“The situation here after the storm has worsened,” Sanchez said, according to ABC News. “We have a higher number of cases. Right now we are seeing higher numbers of patients that in the days before. We’re also seeing cases of cholera with typhoid fever at the same time.”