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Haiti: Humanitarian Snapshot (October 2017)

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In September 2017, Haiti witnessed the passage of Hurricane Irma and Maria. Even though the impacts of the hurricanes were less than expected, they still reminded the humanitarian community of the vulnerability of Haiti to natural disasters. The IPC report for the period of October 2017 to February 2018 revealed that about 1.32 million people are facing severe acute food insecurity. The Department of Nord-Est, one of the departments most affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria, was classified in crisis phase. In the same vein, 1 million out of the 2.1 million people affected by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 are still in need of humanitarian assistance. On a good note, the downward trend of cholera continues - between the period of January and October 2017, 11,916 suspected cases were recorded in the country which is a significant decrease of 66% compared to the same period in 2016. The binational situation between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, however, continues to generate movements back to Haiti. Between July 2015 and October 2017, 230,299 Haitians have returned to Haiti (deported and voluntary return) from the Dominican Republic

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