Hurricane Matthew - Sep 2016Ongoing
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)
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)
As of 03 June, areas worst affected by the passage of Hurricane Matthew are likely to remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) through June 2017. Starting in July, harvests of Printemps crops, associated seasonal declines in staple food prices, and agricultural labor income are expected to improve food security outcomes. Between June and September, most areas of the country will face Minimal (IPC Phase 1) or Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity outcomes, while certain households will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) in parts of the southern peninsula, upper Artibonite, and Sud-Est Department. (FEWS, 03 June 2017)
ACTED teams in Haiti have been implementing emergency water access solutions, by installing water chlorination points and water treatment plants in the areas most at risk, and by distributing water treatment tablets (Aquatabs). These emergency measures enabled to ensure access to treated water and reduce risks to human health. This contributed to stem the cholera epidemic, which has now almost disappeared from the South and Grand’Anse department, the two most affected areas. Nine months after Hurricane Matthew, the priority is to strengthen a sustainable access to safe water. In address the constraints the populations are facing in accessing water and the potential health consequences, ACTED is thus working on the construction of a new water supply system in Jérémie city (ACTED, 11 Jul 2017)
As of July 2017, OCHA states that 1.4 million people among the 2.1 million affected by Hurricane Matthew are still in need of humanitarian assistance. (OCHA, 3 Aug 2017)
- Aruba (The Netherlands)
- Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba (The Netherlands)
- Curaçao (The Netherlands)
- Dominican Republic
- Puerto Rico (The United States of America)
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- United States of America
- Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Conflicts drag down food security amid growing global food output
FAO report notes rebounding harvests in most low-income food-deficit countries
21 September 2017, Rome-- Robust harvests in Latin America and rebounding agricultural conditions in Southern Africa are on course to improve the global food supply situation, but ongoing civil conflicts and climate-related shocks are affecting progress towards hunger reduction, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – More than 4,300 animals have been treated in northeastern Haiti at mobile clinics set up by Heifer International and the Ministry of Agriculture in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Teams are preparing to care for more livestock as Hurricane Maria threatens the country.
Natural disasters can be just as hard on livestock as they are on people, and many animals have been left injured, stressed or infected with parasites after the storm.
SOS Haiti stands by to help families affected by wind and rain damage in vulnerable northeast communities.
SOS Children’s Villages Haiti is carrying out assessments in communities affected by Hurricane Irma, which spared much of the country and caused only minor damage to an SOS Children’s Village property.
Au cours des mois d’août et septembre 2017, vingt femmes entrepreneures du département de la Grand’Anse ont débuté un programme de formation pour la relance et le renforcement de leurs entreprises dans le cadre du projet “Ann Ale” mis en œuvre par le PNUD après le passage du cyclone Mathieu.
Point de situation au 8 septembre au matin
From September through November 2016, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) experienced a series of significant rainfall events beginning with the passage of Hurricane Mathew in September 2016 and culminating with the passage of two trough systems on November 9 and November 28, 2016. Due to the consistent rainfall over the period, ground conditions were largely saturated which set the stage for intense flash flooding associated with the two troughs. A single death was reported from Bequia.
I am waking up to battering rain. Irma is coming closer. Packing winds of 185mph, Irma is the most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record.
L’ouragan Irma s’apprête à passer au large d’Haïti. Avec des vents d’une violence inédite, soufflant jusqu’à 300 km/h. Irma a déjà ravagé les Petites Antilles et touché Porto Rico, et se rapproche aujourd’hui dangereusement des côtes de la République dominicaine et d’Haïti, qu’il devrait frôler jeudi 7 septembre au soir.
Concern Worldwide’s Haiti team is preparing for the potentially devastating impact of Hurricane Irma on Haiti’s poor and vulnerable communities. While the exact trajectory of the hurricane is difficult to predict, it is anticipated that Irma will hit the northern part of the country on Thursday and Friday.
On Haiti’s largest island, La Gonâve, we are compiling stocks in the event they are needed for distribution to those impacted by flooding and destruction.
This statement was originally published on September 5, 2017. It has been updated on September 7, 2017 to reflect the latest information.
Mercy Corps is monitoring the path of Irma, a Category 5 Hurricane in the Atlantic that is predicted to reach the Caribbean and United States this week. Mercy Corps emergency responders and the organization’s dedicated 63 Haiti team members are ready to respond if needed.
6 septembre 2017 – Alors que l'ouragan Irma s'est abattu sur les Antilles et les Caraïbes, le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF) a prévenu mercredi que la vie de centaines de milliers d'enfants est menacé par les dégâts dévastateurs annoncés.
Christian Aid in Haiti is bracing itself for the worst hurricane ever to be recorded in the Atlantic Ocean to hit. Hurricane Irma has been classed a category 5, the highest rating possible, which means it has the potential to cause mass devastation; destroying homes and lives in its path.
Christian Aid is preparing for Irma to strike Haiti on Thursday and Dominican Republic on Friday. It is working with local partners on evacuation plans and stockpiling provisions.
(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries are continuing to rebuild after Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 hurricane, pummeled Haiti on Oct. 4, 2016, affecting 2.1 million people including close to 894,000 children. The hurricane caused nearly 1,000 deaths and has left nearly 141,000 people still displaced, most of whom are living in temporary shelters. The Salesian-run Rinaldi Foundation of Haiti, which headed up the Salesian response to the hurricane, is also leading the rebuilding efforts.
PANAMA CITY, 5 September 2017 - In the last few hours, storm Irma has turned into a powerful Category 5 hurricane, the highest possible level in the Saffir-Simpson scale. The hurricane looks likely to be accompanied by strong winds and storms through its likely path through the Caribbean. If it continues in its current track it will bring devastating damage in the next few hours in the territories of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St Maarten, St Kitts and Nevis and the Virgin Islands.
PORT AU PRINCE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is preparing to provide emergency assistance to the people of Haiti should the country be hit by Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms ever recorded. The Category 5 storm, described as “extremely dangerous” by the United States’ National Hurricane Centre, was due to pass over the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday. It could make landfall in the US state of Florida at the weekend.
GENEVA, 28 August 2017 - The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mr. Robert Glasser today extended his condolences to the people of the US State of Texas for the loss of life in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey which has affected millions along the coastline.
WHO is the lead agency for health within the United Nations system. We coordinate the international health response to emergencies and humanitarian crises whenever a country needs assistance.
But we cannot do this work without our partners - other UN agencies, nongovernmental organizations and donors – who help us deliver health services in even the most difficult situations.
40 million meals were distributed to 400,000 school children across Haiti during school year 2016/2017
The number of children receiving a daily hot meal at school in the 2017/2018 school year will have to be reduced from 400,000 to 350,000 starting in September 2017 if no further funding is received
Agreement was reached to integrate 460,000 people from UNDP’s database into Ministry of Social Affairs’ Information System (SIMAST)
WFP finalised its emergency operation for the populations assisted by hurricane Matthew in eastern Cuba, benefitting 182,000 people.
WFP is working with government counterparts to promote nutrition for vulnerable groups and support behavioral change and nutrition education in schools.
WFP supports the strengthening of agricultural value chains by organizing service fairs to bring together producers and service providers.