Situation in numbers
4.615.468 Population less than 18 years old
1.300.000 Estimated affected population
500,000 Children affected in the Grand South
750.000 people In need of immediate assistance
Estimated UNICEF Funds required
7.3 million USD needed to cover immediate life-saving needs
After the passage on October 4 of Category 4 Hurricane Matthew, Haiti is facing the largest humanitarian event since the earthquake six years ago.
OCHA estimated 1.3 million people living in the hardest hit areas. 750,000 people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance. These figures may increase once figures from the Northwest, Ile Gonaves are included.
Department de Grand Anse reports (COUD): 475 dead, 58 missing, 358 injured, 99.400 displaced families, 66.166 houses destroyed, 6614 houses slightly damaged, 20.057 houses heavily damaged.
NGOs and MSPP EMIRA responded to large reported case of cholera in Randel by helicopter provided French Embassy. WASH mobile rapid response teams to be strengthened.
According to the Ministry of Education, 300 schools have been affected nationally mostly in the Grand South Departments (Grand Anse, Nippes, and South), or 100.000 students.
In the department of Artibonite, the most affected communes are St. Marc,
Grande Saline and Anse Rouge. Gonaives has been relatively spared. About 4, 000 families are affected, 750 are displaced and homes of 1 350 households were flooded. Road sections are damaged or impassable. Hygiene kits, kitchen sets, food aid and rehabilitation of homes and schools are required for immediate assistance. Priorities for reconstruction will be to give assistance to farmers, growers and salt marsh workers.
Road between Jérémie and Les Cayes is now open. Access to remote communities, especially in the mountain areas remain limited.
Since Wednesday 5 October UNICEF has 6 staff members from Emergency,
WASH, Education and Protection sections deployed in the field in les Cayes,
Jérémie and Gonaives. Staff are assisting partners with distribution and conducting rapid needs assessment. UNICEF looking for office space in Les Cayes.
A large number of health centres in the most affected areas have been damaged. Information gathered from various sources in the field suggest that the human death toll (dead and injured) will be heavier than the current official figures.