The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew continues to put the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in Haiti in danger. UNICEF is focusing its efforts on those with the greatest need, with an emphasis on WASH and the need to avoid a major cholera outbreak, education, child protection and health and malnutrition.
According to the last figures issued by the government, it is estimated that 1,410,907 people are in need humanitarian assistance, representing 12.9% of the population of the country (10.9M), whilst 2.1 million people have been affected by Hurricane Matthew.
A total of 372 people confirmed killed by the hurricane in seven departments from south-east to north-west, according to data available at noon on 10 October. Information gathered from various sources in the field suggest that the toll (dead and injured) will continue to rise as fatalities are confirmed.
Initial supplies for 10,000 people were immediately delivered to the most affected departments of South and Grand’Anse, including blankets, buckets, water purifying equipment and cholera diagnostic kits.
Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs
As anticipated, initial needs assessments confirm that Grand’Anse and the South are the areas that were most affected by Hurricane Matthew.
Humanitarian needs include access to a sufficient supply of quality water, education, shelter, child protection, health and nutrition. Many houses, schools and hospitals have been damaged or destroyed in these areas, cholera continues to be a large concern, and emergency interventions are complementary to the existing cholera response where possible.