Hurricane Matthew: 750,000 people need assistance

7 October, 2016
Hurricane Matthew: 750,000 people need assistance
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The UN will launch a Flash Appeal on 8 October to support response actions in Haiti. CERF has released an initial grant of US$5 million to begin life-saving response operations in the most affected areas. Earlier this week, CERF also released a loan of US$8 million dollars to UNICEF to scale up response to the worsening cholera epidemic in Haiti.

“We expect that homes, schools and cholera treatment facilities have been destroyed and that water systems, roads and bridges have been severely damaged. This is a major blow to Haiti’s reconstruction effort and the fight against cholera, so that’s why immediate CERF funds now will kick start vital life-saving assistance for Haitians caught up in this crisis.” said Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien.

The official death toll is currently 271, but there are fears this number will rise. A partial assessment of damages indicates that more than 200,000 houses were severely affected, according to humanitarian workers.

If Hurricane Matthew turns towards the south, it will interact with Hurricane Nicole and return to affect the Bahamas and Cuba with a tropical depression force by the middle of next week.

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