Washington, D.C. 9 Nov. 2010 - As of November 6, the Ministère de la santé publique et de la population (MSPP) reported 8,138 hospitalized cases and 544 deaths due to the cholera outbreak. Five departments (Artibonite, Centre, Nord, Nord-Ouest, and Ouest) have registered cases. The Department of Civil Protection reported 6 deaths as a result of Hurricane Tomas. Over 18,000 people evacuated their homes preemptively, including over 14,000 people who evacuated to hurricane shelters. Initial assessments suggest the agriculture sector is the most strongly affected by Hurricane Tomas; however, an increase in the number of cholera cases remains a key concern of the humanitarian community.