As of 1100 EST on 3 October, Category 4 Hurricane Matthew was some 330 km south-east from Kingston (Jamaica) and 440 km south-west from Port-au-Prince (Haiti) in the Caribbean Sea, moving north-west at 9 km/h, with maximum sustained winds of 220 km/h, according to the National Hurricane Center (NOAA). Hurricane-force winds extend outwards up to 55 km from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outwards up to 295 km. (OCHA, 3 Oct 2016)
The powerful Hurricane Matthew directly impacted Cuba during eight hours from late afternoon on October 4th until the early morning of October 5th, with a strength of category 4 hurricane according to the Saffir-Simpson scale. First estimates indicate that 1,079,000 people are affected, and that 176,000 people are isolated in the province of Guantánamo. (UNCT, 5 Oct 2016)
In Haiti, media reports are emerging of more than 100 deaths by 6 October, as teams begin to reach isolated communities. UNOSAT analysis of the affected areas indicates more than 1 million people may have been affected by the hurricane-force winds and rain, while the Haitian Civil Protection Agency reports that 350,000 people need assistance. (OCHA, 6 Oct 2016)
On 10 October, the Flash Appeal seeking US$119 million was launched. According to the Haitian Ministry of Interior, more than 19% of the Haitian population -2,1 million persons- has been affected by the hurricane and more than 12% -1,4 million persons- are in need of urgent assistance in different departments of the country, and more specially in the South and in the Grand’Anse departments. (OCHA, 4 Dec 2016)
The Critical Needs Overview published on 5 November revised the initial Flash Appeal and increased the requirements to US$139 million. (OCHA, 5 Nov 2016)
As of 9 January, the total humanitarian funding covered 62% of the US$139 million required. (OCHA, 9 Jan 2017)
18 janvier 2017 – Trois mois après l'ouragan Matthew en Haïti, le nombre de personnes confrontées à la faim et à l'insécurité alimentaire dans les départements de Grande'Anse et du Sud - les zones les plus touchées - a diminué régulièrement, passant d'environ 1 million à 400.000, s'est félicité mercredi le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM).
PORT-AU-PRINCE – Three months after Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti, the number of people facing hunger and food insecurity in Grande-Anse and Sud - the most affected areas - has declined steadily from approximately 1 million to 400,000, a recent assessment shows.
• Since 06 January, humanitarian operations in Grand’Anse and Sud were either temporally suspended or limited in relation with the arrest of senator-elect Guy Philippe and the demonstrations and road blocks that followed.
This week, activities have fully resumed in Sud and slowly in Grand’Anse.
• As part of a Technical Assistance Project for Agricultural Assistance and in preparation for the Spring Campaign, FAO signed with the Ministry of Agriculture a seed donation agreement of 500,000 US dollars.
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
“La Résolution 46/182 des Nations Unies reste aussi pertinente et fondamentale aujourd’hui qu’en décembre 1991 et les principes d’humanité, de neutralité, indépendance et d’impartialité qu’elle contient continuent de guider une assistance humanitaire stratégique, coordonnée et efficace aux personnes qui en ont besoin”
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PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JULY 2017
2.1 million affected people, of which 894,000 are children.
1.4 million people require humanitarian assistance.
806,000 people severely food insecure.
Food distribution have been suspended in Grande-Anse due to security restrictions put in place because of demonstrations and road blocks that have been ongoing since the arrest of senator -elect Guy Philipe on 05 January.
Cuba - This week, IOM (10/1) delivered a consignment of non-food aid to communities most affected by Hurricane Matthew in Cuba’s Guantanamo province.
The aid consisted of 820 mattresses that will be distributed to the worst affected families in the coming days, according to local officials. IOM will also provide victims with 2,840 CGI roofing sheets by the end of this month.
Par UNICEF Haiti