Haiti: Hurricane Matthew - Situation Report No. 5 (as of 9 October 2016)



  • According to the last figures issued by the government, it is estimated that 1,410,907 people are in need humanitarian assistance, representing 12.9% of the population of the country (10.9M).

  • According to the last figures issued by the government, it is estimated that 2.1 million people have been affected by Hurricane Matthew.

  • A total of 336 people were killed by the hurricane in seven departments from south-east to north-west, according to data available at noon on 8 October.

  • UNICEF and IBESR have assessed 19 residential care centers in Les Cayes, totaling 1.112 children (423 girls), 14 out of the 19 centers have suffered damages.


After the passage, on October 4th, of category 4 Hurricane Matthew, Haiti is facing the largest humanitarian event since the earthquake six years ago. 336 fatalities were confirmed until 8th of October by the Directorate for Civil Protection. A total of 211 people are injured and four remain unaccounted for. The number of people in the 191 temporary shelters is 61,537. More than 1,410,907 are in people need of immediate assistance in the departments of Grand’Anse, South, Nippes, South East, West, Artibonite and North West. An estimated 2.1 million people have been affected in the same departments, according to the latest estimation released by the DPC.

A Flash Appeal will be launched tomorrow in Geneva to respond to the most urgent humanitarian needs of 750,000 seriously affected people (targeted population) for the next three months. The appeal targets vulnerable groups in identified priority sectors and takes into account the capacities at national level and those of humanitarian partners on the ground. Over the next week, partners will develop projects according to the sector activities and financial requirements identified in this appeal, adapting the response to the most up-to-date assessment results.

UNICEF has announced that 3,000 blankets, 4,000 buckets without retainers, 60 drums of HTH (chlorine), 100,000 soaps, 350 boxes of Aquatabs, 350 SRO Boxes, and 2,000 Lactated Ringer boxes are scheduled to be sent to the departments of South and Grand’Anse as soon as loading is complete Sunday. Supplies will be distributed by OXFAM, ACTED, DINEPA and Ministry of Health (MSPP).


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