Hurricane Matthew - Situation Report No. 6 as of 9 October 2016 (1700 hours EST)
The UN will launch a Flash Appeal on 10 October to support response actions in Haiti. The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) announced an initial grant of US$5 million to begin life-saving response operations in the most affected areas in addition to a recent loan of $8 million to UNICEF to bolster cholera prevention and treatment.
The official death toll in Haiti is currently 336, but there are fears this number will rise. The real challenge is to provide humanitarian assistance to some 1.4 million people in need.
A partial assessment of damages indicates that more than 200,000 houses were severely affected In Haiti, according to humanitarian workers. In Cuba, the storm severely damaged more than 33,000 houses in the worst affected municipalities of Guantanamo Province.
An increase in water-borne and vector-borne diseases in the affected countries is possible. Humanitarian partners are particularly concerned about a possible rise in cholera cases in Haiti.
On 9 October, the center of Post-Tropical Cyclone Matthew was located offshore of eastern coast of the United States no longer posing a threat to land. The storm was moving toward the east near 15 mph (24 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue during the next day. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will move farther offshore of the coast of the North Carolina Outer Banks today and tonight. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next day, and the low is expected to be absorbed within a frontal boundary Monday night. All Hurricane Watches have been discontinued.
In Haiti, Hurricane Matthew severely affected the Sud and Grand’Anse departments, particularly in the communes of Les Cayes and Jérémie. Approximately 2.1 million people are affected of which 1.4 million require immediate assistance. Hurricane Matthew caused 336 deaths in seven departments of Haiti from south-east to north-west, according to available data at noon on 8 October. The number of evacuees is 61,537 in 191 temporary shelters. Communications are disconnected and roads are inaccessible in the affected areas of south-west Haiti due to flooding.
In Cuba, national authorities are assessing damages; however, access remains limited to eastern parts of the country due to damage, fallen trees and flooding on roads. The storm caused severe damage in the provinces of Guantanamo and Holguin. The four most affected municipalities of Guantanamo are home to some 157,000 people. Early reports estimate 90 per cent destruction of housing in Baracoa and Maisí municipalities directly affecting some 96,000 people.
Assessments in the Bahamas are underway by national authorities by the Bahamas Red Cross. A team from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), supported by a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team, is in country and will carry out a rapid needs assessment on the islands of Andoz, Grand Bahama and New Providence. Initial reports indicate extensive damage due to high winds and storm surge. Water systems, electricity and communications are disrupted on some islands. Preliminary reports from PAHO note that up to 90 per cent of North Andros has been severely damaged by winds and storm surge.