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Carribbean – Hurricane Matthew (ECHO) (ECHO Daily Flash of 22 October 2016)

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◾In Haiti, heavy rains are reported in the Lower Northwest department. Baie de Henne is flooded and at least 300 houses have been affected with five people reported dead and 1 missing. Road stretches are also cut off. In Anse Rouge, 115 houses have been damaged and losses in livelihoods are reported, mainly in plantations and livestock, both already decimated by Hurricane Matthew.

◾In Les Cayes, floods have been reported, both in the urban area and around the access from route nationale 2. More rain is expected to fall in the coming hours.

◾Since the last 48 hours, humanitarian aid consisting currently mainly of tarpaulins, food, water and medicine is carried by sea and air. Two Dutch navy vessels, with 10 speedboats on-board; 1 vessel from the Colombian navy with 1 helicopter on board as well as 2 other helicopters are available to deliver aid. A team of Canadian and French Red Cross medical and emergency response specialists and 15 tonnes of supplies to operate mobile medical clinics have arrived in Port-au-Prince on the 20 October to support local Red Cross efforts to deliver urgent health services in isolated storm-hit communities.

◾The Prime Minister of Haiti, accompanied by a high-level delegation, will participate in a meeting at the UN HQ to discuss the situation of Haiti after the passage of Matthew.

◾In Cuba, the UN launched an Action Plan for USD 26.5 Million to cover basic needs of 661,606 people and provide a critical response in the coming 6 to 18 months. The UN is calling for international solidarity with Cuba after damages caused by Matthew.

◾DIPECHO partners have been able to immediately contribute to the response in highly affected area (specifically in Baracoa, Guantanamo province).