IOM Haiti: Hurricane Matthew Sitrep #3, 7 October 2016

from International Organization for Migration
Published on 07 Oct 2016


  • 1 flight landed in Jeremie with NFI (bladder, water treatment, hygiene kit) to be distributed

  • 34 multi-sectorial (CCCM/DRR/ Protection) IOM emergency staff are carrying out rapid assessments of the situation in Jeremie and Les Cayes

  • 3 multi-sectorial IOM teams continued to carry out initial evaluations and needs assessments in Camps. As of today, 24 IDP camps have been assessed in Port-au-Prince, Leogane and Gressier (77% of remaining open sites)

Situation Overview

On the morning of Tuesday 4 October, Hurricane Matthew, the first Category 4 to hit the country in the past 52 years with winds up to 150 mph (240 km/h) barreled into southern coastal towns including Jeremie, Les Cayes, Port Salut, Damie Marie and Jacmel, causing major damage to homes, schools and other public buildings.

  • 70,000 needs urgent assistance ; more than 1,5 million estimated affected people (UN)

  • Estimated casualties range from 271 deaths according to the Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) up to 842 deaths according to international media (The Telegraph)

  • 80% of electricity network destroyed in the Southern peninsula (Le Nouvelliste)

  • Communication networks with the Grand Anse departments remains entirely down since Tuesday morning and phone lines with Nippes department are heavily affected

  • Land access to the most affected areas remains extremely difficult

  • 192 temporary shelters are housing 61,537 displaced individuals according to the DPC

  • In the Southern peninsula, 90% of houses along the coast are destroyed (UNEP)

  • 279 latrines destroyed or damaged in Camps in Port-au-Prince, increasing risks of cholera epidemic

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