Message: The islands of The Bahamas and Haiti suffered severe impact from the passage of Hurricane Matthew, the 5th named Hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season. As a result, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) through the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) facilitated the coordination and deployment of regional specialized response teams to provide operational support and damage/needs assessments in the most affected areas in Haiti and The Bahamas. The Caribbean Community will also make targeted relief interventions in the affected Member States.
(Note: CDEMA CU Situation Reports present official data as issued by the National Emergency Operations Centre of an affected State. Data and information presented by the press, social media and other unofficial sources may differ.)
The latest Damage and Injury Report (as of 13th October 2016 at 7:00PM) from the NEOC in Haiti indicated the following:
Dead: 546 (confirmed). These numbers are expected to increase as assessments continue.
People evacuated and in shelter: 175,509 in 4 Departments –Grand Anse (99,400), Nippes (7,866), Ouest (3,877) and Sud (64,366)
People sheltering with friends and family: 589
Shelters opened: 224
Flooded houses: 2,381
Houses highly damaged: 25,160
Houses destroyed: 500
Families affected: 115,000
Health institutions affected: 53% of health facilities in Grand’Anse are usable and 6 Cholera Treatment Centres ( CTC) are damaged. In the South, approximately one third of the 15 hospitals are unusable, 3 of the 4 CTCs are destroyed. 34 (16%) of acute diarrhea treatment centres have been affected; cases of cholera have been increasing rapidly. According to the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) and partners Over 510 cases of cholera were reported as of 12 October, 2016.
Schools affected: 178
Telecommunications: Severely damaged or destroyed. No cell phone access.
Roads and Bridges damaged: Roads damaged in Gonaives, Terre-Neuve, Miragoane, Mombin Crochu, Vallieres, Fond-Verrettes, Petit-Goâve, Anglais, Maniche, Torbeck, Cayes-Jacmel. Road access is gradually improving with the exemption of some that are only accessible by all terrain vehicles (ATVs).
Agriculture: This sector has been highly impacted. Preliminary reports indicate that almost 100% of crops in the Grand Anse area were destroyed.
Human Impact: need for psychosocial support in affected areas in the south.