UNICEF Haiti: Hurricane Matthew - Situation Report #3, 5 October 2016


Haiti is facing the largest humanitarian event since the earthquake six years ago.

  • The state of the damage was heavy in the departments of the Grand Sud particularly the Grande Anse department, but assessments have only just begun because of weather conditions and lack of access. The North-West department was also impacted.
  • At least 11 municipalities were victims of flooding in coastal areas in the Grande Anse, Nippes and South departments. Towns of les Cayes, Torbek and Acquin were heavily flooded
  • To this day at least 30 have been reported in the department de Sud. Early reports from first mobile team suggest 70 per cent of houses damaged. Figures are very preliminary
  • The bridge in Petit Goâve de la Digue had collapsed during the day on October 4th cutting off road access from Port au Prince to the south
  • Phone communication with the Grand Anse department remains very limited. Better but still limited connection with the Sud and Nippes departments.
  • In total 15.623 displaced people throughout the country were brought in 152 shelters. 2000 children have been reportedly evacuated from residential centres
  • In (Cité Soleil), 130 children were evacuated to the Lycée Fritz Pierre Louis including 23 babies and 17 with disabilities from the orphanage "pye dous."21 disabled people were evacuated to the Philippe Guerrier School in Les Cayes.
  • The Ministry of Health and Population has conducted internal evacuation of the hospital immaculée conception in Les Cayes.
  • The SEMANAH (Maritime and navigation Service of Haiti) prohibits all operations in coastal areas of the country. Vessels must stay in their home port or in sheltered areas until further notice.
  • Road Access in the rest of the country continues to be asssed by MINUSTAH
  • Centres Operation D’Urgences National (COUN) and Departmental COUD are operational. Thematic working groups under government leadership to coordinate sectors are planned for coming days starting Thursday.
  • Airport has reopened and authorities working on rapid customs clearance.
  • Elections scheduled for Oct 9 have been postponed.