IOM Haiti: Hurricane Matthew Sitrep #7, 20 October 2016

Situation Report
Originally published



  • IOM launched USD 20 Million appeal for Hurricane Matthew response

  • Another 7,244 households are currently receiving NFIs in ongoing distributions that have been allocated to partners and to the Government

  • 21,179 households in the South, Grande Anse, Nippes and Ouest departments have received NFIs from the IOM-managed pipeline

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, Dame Marie and Jacmel, causing major damage to homes, schools and other public buildings.

  • 1.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance ; 2.1 million individuals have been affected (UN-OCHA)

  • Estimated casualties range from 546 deaths according to the Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) up to over 900 deaths according to international media (The Telegraph)

  • 80% of electricity network destroyed in the Southern peninsula and 90% of homes in the South and Grande Anse department have been damaged or destroyed by the Hurricane

  • Land access to the most affected areas remains difficult and remote rural areas are slowly being assessed

  • 175,000 displaced people are living in 307 temporary shelters (UN-OCHA)

  • 34 Cholera Treatment Center have been entirely destroyed

  • Important damages were reported to makeshifts tents housing returnees/deportees from the Dominican Republic in Anse-a-Pitres (Belle Anse)