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)
Six months after Hurricane Matthew, WFP is phasing out its emergency response operation which reached more than 100,000 in March 2017 and more than 900,000 people since October 2016, and is planning the transition to recovery programming starting in April. With this transition, WFP will implement targeted seasonal food assistance for 127,000 people and supplementary feeding programme to prevent chronic malnutrition in children in Grande Anse and Nippes during the lean season from April to June. (WFP 31 Mar 2017)
On 12 April, FAO-Haiti announced the spring season (January to March 2017) distribution of: 205 tonnes of agricultural seeds and 10.3 million tonnes of cassava cutting and sweet potatoes to 17,300 households or 86,500 persons; 21,500 farmers received 1,300 kg vegetable seeds and 6,500 of them received agricultural tools. Also announced were the March to June 2017 cash-for-work activities in the South, South East and Grand'Anse departments. More than 2,000 temporary jobs in plant nurseries for the production of 1.8 million seedlings are expected. In addition, 3,670 temporary jobs will be also created by cleaning primary, secondary and tertiary irrigation canals (33 km), agriculture land and watershed. (FAO, 12 Apr 2017)
The Haitian Red Cross Society set up an online platform for information management with support from the IFRC Information Management (IM) Team. This platform is built for information and documents dissemination: Operation: Hurricane Matthew Dashboard. Initially dedicated to common vulnerability analysis, monitoring process and evaluation for all members of the RCRCM, the platform evolved to serve operational and coordination purposes. The backend tool also helped to define the budget and human resources (stored job descriptions) for each sector. Furthermore, the sectors of intervention that have been retained for the recovery phase of the operation (Health, WASH, Shelter, and Livelihoods) are planned and will be implemented in an integrated manner. (IFRC, 18 Apr 2017)
Suite à l’ouragan Matthew, qui a frappé Haïti le 4 octobre 2016 et a affecté des milliers de personnes, Handicap International a mobilisé des physiothérapeutes afin d’aider les personnes blessées par la catastrophe. L’association a notamment permis à plus de 240 personnes de bénéficier de séances de réadaptation. Carole et Lorestal, deux victimes de l’ouragan, témoignent.
Cancún, 24 de mayo de 2017
La Comisión Europea ha anunciado hoy una financiación de 14.3 millones de euros para apoyar a los países afectados por desastres naturales e invertir en la reducción del riesgo de desastres y la resiliencia en América Latina y el Caribe en 2017.
El anuncio lo ha hecho el comisario europeo de Ayuda Humanitaria y Gestión de Crisis Christos Stylianides quien participa en la Conferencia de las Naciones Unidas sobre Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres en Cancún, México, junto con el Presidente de México y los líderes de América Latina.
Today the European Commission announced new funding of €14.3 million to support countries affected by natural disasters and invest in disaster risk reduction and resilience in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The announcement coincides with Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides participation in the UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico, together with the President of Mexico and leaders from Latin America.
The third and fourth of October of 2016 the category four hurricane, Matthew, hit Haiti. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Matthew affected 2.1 million of persons; population that represent in about 19% of the Haitian inhabitants .
In terms of number of affected population, the most affected departments were the Sud, Grand’Anse, West and the Nippes Departments , with 775 thousand , 468 thousand, 222 thousand and 205 thousand affected persons, respectively (OCHA, 2017) .
Port-au-Prince, le 22 mai 2017. La Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI) a signé aujourd'hui un accord de prêt d'un montant de 3 millions d'euros avec Action pour la Coopération avec la Microentreprise (ACME) afin d’élargir l’accès aux financements pour les femmes et les emprunteurs des régions rurales, ainsi que pour la population vivant dans les zones touchées par l’ouragan Matthew. La ligne de crédit de la BEI permettra de financer jusqu’à 20.000 micro prêts en Haïti et de donner accès au crédit à des populations défavorisées dans tout le pays.
The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is an indicator of vegetation health. NDVI is calculated from the visible and nearinfrared light reflected by vegetation. Healthy vegetation absorbs most of the visible light that hits it, and reflects a large portion of the near-infrared light. Unhealthy or sparse vegetation reflects more visible light and less near-infrared light. The time frame has been chosen to compare vegetation health before and after Hurricane Matthew.
Heavy rains have fallen uninterrupted since 16 May, affecting areas still recovering from the passage of Hurricane Matthew on 4 October 2016 in the South, Grand’Anse, South-East, West and North-West departments, but also in other areas located in Artibonite and Centre departments. Several municipalities present soils 100% saturated. This has caused massive fast flooding episodes and multiple landslides.
Haiti is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries and the poorest in the Western Hemisphere.
Hurricane Matthew made landfall on Haiti on 4 October, 2016, more than six years after an earthquake flattened its capital, Port-au-Prince, and impacted three million people. Hurricane Matthew affected 1.125 million people in rural areas along the country’s southern coast, killing more than 500 and destroying livelihoods.
Reconstruyendo mejor Guantánamo, con techos seguros agrupa varios proyectos de colaboración de la carpeta de Riesgo y desastres del PNUD en Cuba. Esta iniciativa de cooperación se realiza con el apoyo de fondos propios de PNUD y COSUDE, y en estrecho vínculo con el gobierno local guantanamero, atendiendo al Plan de Acción de Naciones Unidas para la recuperación de viviendas tras el paso del huracán Matthew.
Le contexte humanitaire en Haïti demeure difficile car le pays continue d'être affecté par une convergence de crises humanitaires encore aggravée par l'ouragan Matthew et qui a gravement affecté la situation humanitaire préexistante. Malgré la réponse humanitaire immédiate fournie jusqu'à présent, les besoins humanitaires post-Ouragan Matthew sont encore élevés, avec environ 1,4 million de personnes ayant besoin d'aide humanitaire. En outre, 2.3 millions d'Haïtiens vulnérables sont actuellement en insécurité alimentaire.
The humanitarian context in Haiti remains challenging as the country continue to be affected by a convergence of humanitarian crises further aggravated by Hurricane Matthew and which has severely impacted the pre-existing humanitarian situation. Despite immediate humanitarian response provided so far, post Hurricane Matthew’s humanitarian needs are still high with an estimated 1.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Additionally, 2.3 million vulnerable Haitians are currently food insecure.
P-au-P, 15 mai 2017 [AlterPresse] --- Le Ministère de l’agriculture, des ressources naturelles et du développement rural (Marndr) et l’Organisation des Nations-Unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (Fao) viennent de lancer un projet de fourniture de matériels de pêche et une assistance technique à 2,500 pêcheurs, affectés par le cyclone Matthew, en octobre 2016.
La distribution de matériels de pêche, qui a débuté, ces derniers jours, dans la commune de Saint-Jean du Sud, se poursuivra dans 20 autres communes, selon les informations communiquées à AlterPresse.
In October of 2016, Hurricane Matthew devastated the southwest region of Haiti, leaving at least 1,000 dead and 1.4 million in need of humanitarian aid. Tzu Chi Foundation deployed its volunteers to implement its post-disaster recovery programs in the most devastated cities of Jérémie and Les Cayes. Two of these programs were the cash-for-work and hot meal services. The cash-for-work programs, instituted in Jérémie, tasked willing locals with either cleaning city streets or assisting with the assembly of temporary shelters with home-repair materials provided by Tzu Chi.
In humanitarian crises, women and girls are disproportionately affected. But far from being passive victims, women are amongst the first responders these emergencies, bringing vital skills and knowledge to help save lives and livelihoods. Louisiane Nazaire is one of these women. When Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti in October 2016, she and other members of a women-led cooperative leapt into action. Louisiane explains why women's leadership is essential in emergencies.
by Sebastien Malo | @SebastienMalo | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 17:58 GMT
U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Secretary John Kelly must decide by May 23 whether to prolong Haiti's Temporary Protected Status
By Sebastien Malo
NEW YORK, May 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Activists on Wednesday urged U.S. authorities to extend a special immigration status for 50,000 refugees from earthquake-hit Haiti, fearing they may be thrown out of the United States.
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR NOVEMBER 2017
$90.3 MILLION IN FUNDING FROM USAID
The ETC Services for Communities project in Haiti was successfully concluded on 29 March. This project included the restoration of 4x radio stations in the most affected areas of Grand’Anse and Sud, improving the ability of community radio stations to transmit important, localised messages and invite increased community dialogue on humanitarian issues.
The Haiti ICT Working Group was officially deactivated at the end of March 2017.