On 4 October, Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti, devastating coastal areas in the north-west, south-west and south of the country. The capital, Port-au-Prince, was spared the hurricane’s full strength, but the western area of Grand’Anse was in its direct path. The cities of Les Cayes and Jérémie experienced extensive flooding, mudslides, and severely damaged roads and buildings. Government and international relief efforts are underway to provide food, water and shelter to affected people.
On 10 October, the humanitarian community launched a Flash Appeal requesting US$119,850,000 to respond to the most urgent humanitarian needs of 750,000 people seriously affected by Hurricane Matthew for the next three months. This request is in addition to the 2016 Haiti Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) launched early this year.
On 5 November, the appeal was revised to request an additional $19 million - for a total of US$139,000,000 - to adequately support the Haitian government in meeting the critical needs of affected populations in priority areas including food security, access to safe water, shelter support, health care, protection and adequate sanitation to prevent the outbreak of water-borne infectious diseases. Children and women, particularly pregnant women, are among the worst affected by the hurricane and a particular emphasis on their needs is critical.
*NOTE: All figures are subject to change as the information comes though, assessments are done and operations scale up.
Hurricane Matthew has ravaged Cuba's eastern provinces. In some territories like the municipality of Maisí, in the province of Guantánamo, the center of the hurricane pounded the area for a consecutive 5 hours. Hurricane Matthew is considered the strongest recorded hurricane ever to hit Guantánamo. The UN system in Cuba has appealed for $26.5 mil to cover basic needs of 661.606 people in the coming 6 to 18 months.