Hurricane Matthew - Situation Report No. 3, as of 5 October 2016 – (1700 hours EST)
This report is produced by OCHA in collaboration with humanitarian partners and with inputs from official institutions. It covers the period from 4 to 5 October 2016 at 17:00 hours. The next report will be published on 6 October 2016.
• Initial assessments are taking place today in Haiti over the affected areas in south-west, north-west and central departments.
• Cuba’s preparedness measures included the evacuation of over 1 million people. Homes, livelihoods and infrastructure have already been damaged.
• Damage assessment teams are being deployed to Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas.
350,000 PEOPLE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE*
15,623 DISPLACED PEOPLE
- 1,300,000 PEOPLE EVACUATED*
The full extent of the damage in Haiti following the passage of Hurricane Matthew will be assessed today, as the Government and the UN are planning initial assessments. Affected areas in south-west Haiti are effectively cut off, with communications disconnected and roads inaccessible due to flooding. Initial coordinated assessments are being organized in the south-west, north-west and central coast (Artibonite).
The eye of the hurricane made landfall over Cuba on Tuesday night. Matthew may intensify again over the Bahamas and its warm waters. Hurricane conditions will diminish in Cuba, continue over the south-eastern Bahamas, and then spread over the central Bahamas later today and north-western Bahamas tonight.
High waves combined with excessive rainfall, hurricane-force winds and a storm surge could cause extensive damage, including flooding and landslides, in southern and north-western Haiti, the south-western Dominican Republic and eastern Cuba. An additional high storm surge of 4 to 5 m in western Bahamas and 5 to 6 m in northern Bahamas might create dangerous conditions for the rather flat islands.