Haiti - Hurricane Matthew – Humanitarian assistance (October 6, 2016)
France has decided to respond immediately to the appeal for humanitarian assistance launched by the Haitian authorities following Hurricane Matthew which hit the southwestern tip of Haiti on October 4.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development’s crisis and support center is coordinating French humanitarian assistance and offering the Haitian authorities its expertise in the areas of aerial reconnaissance and needs assessment.
Within the framework of the partnership between the ministry and the Airbus Helicopters Foundation, two helicopters will conduct reconnaissance missions in order to assess the damage. Two French sécurité civile [emergency services] officers are also involved in the European needs assessment mission. France extends its wholehearted solidarity with the Haitian government and people at this difficult time.