Haiti: Hurricane Matthew - Situation Report No. 19 (2 November 2016)

Highlights

  • Of the 1.4 million people who require humanitarian assistance, 806,000 need food assistance urgently.

  • 894,000 of the 2.1 million people affected by the hurricane are children.

  • The official list of affected schools shared by the Ministry of Education has increased from the initial 230 schools to 733.

  • More than 3,700 suspected cases of cholera reported since the time of the hurricane on 4 October

Situation Overview

On 4 October, Hurricane Matthew violently struck Haiti and resulted in the country’s largest humanitarian emergency since the 2010 earthquake. It caused extensive flooding and mudslides, damage to road infrastructure and buildings, as well as electricity and water shortages. The latest figures from the governmental Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) of Haiti have so far confirmed 546 deaths and 438 injured.

Humanitarian needs are said to include access to a sufficient supply of quality water, education, shelter, child protection, health, and nutrition. The people in urgent food insecurity are in areas where over 75 per cent of the population was affected by the hurricane. These include places where livelihood activities related to agriculture, livestock and fishing have been almost completely destroyed, such as crops, farming equipment, stocks, and trade.

Of the 1.4 million people who need humanitarian assistance, more than 40 per cent are children who are mainly in the Grand’Anse and Sud Departments. Another estimated 40 per cent – approximately 546,000 people – are women of reproductive age.

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