Haiti, Cuba – Hurricane Matthew (ECHO, Ministry of Education of Haiti, CNM) (ECHO Daily Flash of 21 October 2016)

  • According to the Minister of Education of Haiti, over 400 schools were damaged by hurricane Matthew. Rehabilitation and reconstruction are already on-going. A third team of the Ministry’s engineers are deployed on the field to assess all schools located in the affected departments.
  • The National Meteorological Centre (CNM) of Haiti is issuing an alert for rains affecting the Grand’Anse and South departments. These rains are expected to last until 21 October, and could provoke landslides and floods in areas already hit by Hurricane Matthew.
  • In Cuba, the UN system has presented the Plan of Action for Hurricane Matthew for a total of USD 26.5 million required to cover the basic needs of 661 606 people, and to provide a critical response over the coming 6 to 18 months. The UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has approved a contribution of USD 5.1 million.
  • Maisi and Baracoa are the most affected municipalities of Cuba, where at least 90% of houses have been damaged, requiring urgent temporary solutions for housing while reconstruction is under way. Providing safe water is also a challenge in isolated areas of Maisi.