Haiti: Hurricane Matthew - Situation Report No. 8 (12 October 2016)



  • 2.1 million people, including 894,057 children, are affected.

  • 1,410,774 people (12.9% of the population), including 592,581 children, need humanitarian assistance.

  • 750,000 people, including 315,000 children, need urgent humanitarian aid for the next three months.

  • 473 people dead, 75 missing, and 339 injured, according to official data available on 11 October.

  • 510 cholera cases have been reported.

Situation Overview

Category 4 Hurricane Matthew violently struck parts of Haiti on 4 October, causing the largest humanitarian emergency since the 2010 earthquake. As of 11 October 2016, the Directorate of Civil Protection of Haiti had confirmed 473 deaths, 339 injuries and 75 people missing.

The number of evacuees is estimated at 175,509 people from four departments: Grand’Anse (99,400), Nippes (7,866), Ouest (3,877), and Sud (64,366). They are now living in some 224 temporary shelters. Among the approximate 2.1 million people affected, UNICEF estimates that 894,057 are children. Nearly 1,410,774 people need humanitarian assistance, including 592,581 children.

Humanitarian needs include access to a sufficient supply of quality water, education, shelter, child protection, health and nutrition. Many houses, schools and hospitals have been damaged or destroyed in the affected areas. Cholera continues to be a large concern and emergency interventions are complementing the existing cholera response where possible. Preliminary reports from the Emergency Food Security Assessment indicate that the North-West Department is severely affected, where 60 to 90 per cent of crops are lost.


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