Teenage girl dies amid aid distribution chaos in Haiti

National police fires live ammunition on a crowd demonstrating over the slow pace of aid.

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Brazilian peacekeepers walk on a road to clear a barricade set up by residents to protest and demand aid for their neighborhood after Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, October 21, 2016.

A teenage girl was killed and three people wounded by gunfire Tuesday in Haiti when chaos broke out during humanitarian aid distribution to hurricane victims, the UN mission here said.

The much-needed aid was being unloaded from a Colombian ship at the port in the southwestern town of Dame-Marie when a stampede occurred on the dock in the afternoon.

"The Brazilian peacekeepers who were there supporting the Haitian national police fired rubber bullets and two tear-gas grenades," Mourad Wahba, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Haiti, told AFP.

People make a line as they wait for food to be handed out after Hurricane Matthew hit Jeremie, Haiti, October 19, 2016. (Reuters/Archive)

National police fired live ammunition on the crowd demonstrating over the slow pace of aid some three weeks after Hurricane Matthew struck southern Haiti, killing at least 900 people and leaving 175,000 without homes.

The girl who died was struck in the chest by a bullet and three other victims suffered gunshot wounds, Wahba said, adding that a UN investigation was under way.

The exact circumstances surrounding the death, however, were not immediately clear.

A spokesman for Haiti's national police said he was unable to confirm details surrounding the fatality.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recently voiced distress and disappointment at scant emergency aid reaching the struggling nation.