Haiti: Hurricane Matthew Logistics Working Group - Situation Update (21 October 2016)

Situation Report
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Situation Overview

 Hurricane Matthew made landfall near Les Anglais (south-western Haiti) on 4 October at 11:00 UTC, as a very intense Category 4 Hurricane. It then crossed the department of Grande Anse (south-western Haiti) provoking severe damage to road and ICT infrastructures.

  • In the last three days torrential rains, particularly concentrating on the department of Nord Ouest are aggravating the situation of the communities affected by the hurricane and hampering the efforts to bring humanitarian aid by slowing air operations. Furthermore, severe flooding is impeding road movements.


 The Logistics Working Group has now established coordination setups in Port au Prince, Les Cayes and Jéremie with dedicated staff.

Air Transport

 The Logistics Working Group has been coordinating the use of WFP air assets (1 helicopter 9-seater, 0.7 mt cargo) for responding organisations to transport personnel and light cargo to the areas affected by Hurricane Matthew. The service has been available since the first days of the response; the first flight was on 8 October. To date, 124 passengers were transported in 14 rotations - PaP-Les Cayes-Jéremie.

  • WFP deployed an additional cargo helicopter to be based in Les Cayes to support the response. The Bell 212 (4 Pax + 1.5 MT cargo, sling capacity) reached Les Cayes on 19 October to serve the area. Requests for cargo movements are managed by the Logistics Working Group. A first flight was performed on 19 October on behalf of WHO to transport cholera kits to Randel. Three more rotations were completed on 20 October, to transport on behalf of Finnish Church Aid 150 food kits, 150 hygiene kits and 150 shelter kits to Grosse Cayes and Camp Perrin and, on behalf on WHO, 4 medical staff and additional cholera kits to Randel.

  • The UPS flight from Dubai landed in PaP on 20 October, with 73 mt of shelter, health and non-food items on behalf of ADRA, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Handicap International, IFRC, Solidarities International, www.logcluster.org/sector/hurrimat16 UNDP, WHO, WFP and World Vision. The relief items will be shunted to the interagency warehouse sponsored by Agility in PaP for forward transport in the coming days.