The United Nations has confirmed five cases of cholera in Haiti's capital after a sudden epidemic of cholera in northern and central Haiti killed 220 people, according to a U.N. report seen on Sunday.

U.N. health officials said on Saturday that cholera had reached the capital Port-au-Prince, as officials scrambled to contain a wider outbreak 10 months after an earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation.

The U.N. Organisation for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a situation report that all those cases in the quake-torn capital involved people who had travelled from the affected Artibonite and Central areas.

“These cases thus do not represent a spread of the epidemic because this is not a new location of infection,” the U.N. body added, saying it was “not unexpected.”

OCHA said the humanitarian community was ramping up its aid to fill “key gaps in prevention and response”. — AFP