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.
Currently the hurricane is still affecting the central and eastern provinces, causing strong rainfall. Winds are reaching tropical-storm force and gusts could even be stronger.
No casualties have been reported.
Severe socioeconomic damage has been reported in the provinces of Guantánamo and Holguín, the most affected by Hurricane Matthew. Nearly 90 % of the houses in Baracoa have been damaged.
Five municipalities in the province of Guantánamo remain isolated.
The Cuban Civil Defense has started assessing damage and needs.
1,079,000 people affected
176,000 people isolated in the province of Guantánamo
5,560 health units are ready for the response