Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Update on Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

Five months ago, a category-4 hurricane struck Haiti and created a devastating humanitarian emergency, affecting 2.1 million in the country. Emergency response has provided over 1 million people with food assistance, although there remain many critical needs that must still be addressed. Now, emergency response is coming to an end and shifting its focus to promote recovery in all sectors.

Part of the report is shown below. Click HERE for the original report.

Hurricane Matthew – Situation Report No. 35 (04 March 2017)


March 4, 2017

Situation Overview: Category-4 Hurricane Matthew violently struck southwestern Haiti on 4 October 2016 bringing heavy rainfall in the south, southeast and the north-west, and creating the largest humanitarian emergency in the country since the 2010 earthquake. It caused considerable damage to housing and agricultural sectors. The Directorate of Civil Protection of Haiti (DPC) reported that over five hundred people lost their lives and hundreds were injured. As of 10 October 2016 an estimated 175,500 people were displaced and scattered in 224 temporary shelters and other buildings. Of the 2.1 million people affected by the hurricane, nearly 1.4 million were considered to be in need of humanitarian assistance, including 800,000 children (UNICEF) and 364,000 women and girls (UNFPA). In close coordination with the Government of Haiti and other partners, the Haiti Humanitarian Country Team launched a Flash Appeal on 10 October 2016 seeking US$139 million in emergency funding to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of 750,000 people, including 315,000 children, for three months.

Almost five months after the hurricane, the emergency response is phasing down. Despite the challenging context, in the first five months after it struck humanitarian partners reached over 1,000,000 people through food and Non-Food Items (NFI) distributions, water and sanitation services, health care, the rehabilitation of schools, and economic revitalization and cash for work activities, among other response efforts.

The response to outstanding needs and early recovery activities has been incorporated into the Haiti 2017-2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) framework launched on 6 February 2017. The HRP seeks US$297.5 million to assist 2.4 million people with critical needs, including 1.4 million people affected by Hurricane Matthew (55% of the HRP budget).

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