The UN will launch a Flash Appeal on 8 October to support response actions in Haiti. CERF has released an initial grant of US$5 million to begin life-saving response operations in the most affected areas.
The official death toll is currently 271, but there are fears this number will rise.
A partial assessment of damages indicates that more than 200,000 houses were severely affected, according to humanitarian workers.
If Hurricane Matthew turns towards the south, it will interact with Hurricane Nicole and return to affect the Bahamas and Cuba with a tropical depression force by the middle of next week.
Hurricane Matthew is heading over the coast of Florida, USA, as a Category 3 hurricane. Forecasters are watching for the hurricane’s potential return to the Bahamas as a tropical storm. Hurricane Nicole is headed north-east and could affect Bermuda.
Assessments in the Bahamas started today by the Red Cross and national authorities. A team from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), supported by a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team, will arrive today to support coordination, assessment and information management.
At least 25 per cent of Haiti has been impacted by Hurricane Matthew (Handicap International). The departments of Sud, Sud-Est, Grande’Anse, Nippes, Nord-Ouest and Ouest are the most affected. Between 3 million and 5 million people are affected in Haiti, with 468,000 affected people in Grand’Anse and 775,000 in Sud, including 522,000 children (ECHO 6 Oct; UNICEF 4 Oct). Wind speeds of 230km/h affected approximately 630,000 people in Sud, Nippes and Grand’Anse (UNITAR 6 Oct).
According to available data at noon on 7 October, Hurricane Matthew has caused 271 deaths in seven departments from the South-East to the North-West. The number of wounded people is also on the rise and could emerge as a key concern following the hurricane. Communications are disconnected and roads are inaccessible in the affected areas of south-west Haiti due to flooding.
An estimated 750,000 people need assistance (DPC Haiti). At least 15,623 people have been displaced and over 21,000 have been evacuated to temporary shelters (UNICEF 5 Oct).
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
- To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.