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Haiti: Hurricane Matthew - Department Profile, Grande'Anse, 21 October 2016

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Grand’Anse is the westernmost department of Haiti, covering 1,912 square km of Haiti’s southern peninsula, including the Grande Cayemite Island off the north coast. Sud department sits to the south, across the Hotte mountain range. Neighbouring Nippes department, to the east, split from Grande’Anse in 2003 (Statoids 2016). Around 45% of the terrain is occupied by dense agro-forestry industries, particularly coffee and cocoa, which are concentrated in the west of the department (Government 2010). The department consists of 13 communes and has an estimated total population of around 468,000 (Geohive 2015). Around 34,000 people live in the department’s biggest city, Jérémie, which has been heavily impacted by Hurricane Matthew. 84% of the department’s population live in rural areas (IHSI 2009; HaitiCulture). Population density is 245 habitants per square km (MSPP 2012).