Caribbean - Hurricane Matthew Fact Sheet #4, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017
GoH increases death toll to 473, estimates 1.4 million people require humanitarian assistance
GoH, CDC, USAID, UN, and NGOs coordinate efforts to reduce risk of cholera transmission
USAID/OFDA relief commodities reach hard-hit communities in Grand’Anse and Sud
The Government of Haiti (GoH) Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) confirmed 473 hurricane-related deaths as of October 11 and estimates that Hurricane Matthew affected 2.1 million people in Haiti, with 1.4 million people—nearly 13 percent of the country’s population—requiring humanitarian assistance.
On October 11, USAID partner the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other relief actors distributed USAID/OFDA relief commodities to affected populations. The USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), in conjunction with U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), non-governmental organization (NGO) partners, and other relief actors, continues to coordinate the transportation and distribution of airlifted and pre-positioned USAID relief commodities in Grand’Anse and Sud departments, where 60 percent of Haiti’s hurricane-affected population resides.
Preliminary assessments indicate that 35 of 197 health care facilities—including clinics, cholera treatment centers (CTCs), and hospitals—in Grand’Anse, Nippes, Nord-Ouest, Sud, and Sud-Est departments sustained storm-related damage, contributing to concerns that diminished health care capacity and disruptions in disease surveillance systems, among other factors, could contribute to an uptick in cholera transmission in affected areas. Relief actors, including USAID, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the UN, and NGOs are mobilizing efforts to mitigate the risk of increased transmission and ensure adequate treatment capacity of suspected cases.-