Caribbean - Hurricane Matthew Fact Sheet #3, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017
USAID/OFDA-airlifted relief supplies arrive in The Bahamas and Haiti
USAID coordinates relief operations with host governments, USG interagency partners, and other humanitarian actors
UN estimates that 750,000 people in Haiti require humanitarian assistance
With support from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) staff in The Bahamas conducted an initial overflight on October 7 to assess the extent of hurricane-related damage. Preliminary findings suggest that Grand Bahama and northern Andros islands were hardest hit by the storm. Authorities have not reported any fatalities in The Bahamas to date.
USAID continues to coordinate with host country governments, relief actors, and U.S.
Government (USG) interagency partners—including the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—to assess the extent of hurricane-related damage, identify humanitarian needs, and mobilize response efforts following Hurricane Matthew.
On October 9, the USS Mesa Verde—a U.S. Navy ship stationed off the coast of Haiti’s southern claw—arrived in Haiti to provide transport humanitarian supplies and personnel to affected areas in southwestern portions of the country that remain largely inaccessible by road. A DART member deployed to the USS Mesa Verde to coordinate DoD support to the Hurricane Matthew response.
On October 8, the Government of Haiti (GoH) Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) reported that Hurricane Matthew had resulted in at least 336 fatalities and temporarily displaced approximately 61,500 people. In addition, approximately 750,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance—an increase of approximately 400,000 people compared to previous estimates, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).