[99] Damaged infrastructure and blocked roads prevented more expedient distribution of relief supplies,[100] leaving storm victims without food or assistance for up to two weeks in isolated areas. [3], Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, was recovering from an ongoing cholera outbreak and a powerful earthquake in 2010,[3] and many houses damaged during the earthquake were not rebuilt when Matthew struck. [49][55] Nationwide, Matthew damaged over 400 schools,[56] while 150 other schools functioned as shelters for around 16,000 evacuees. Learn how the World Bank Group is helping countries with COVID-19 (coronavirus). This meant that relief workers and supplies temporarily had to travel by air to reach the most affected areas. Cash transfers and in-kind support will also be provided to 325 micro, small and medium-sized entrepreneurs. A sharp increase in suspected cholera cases was recorded in affected departments. The Germanwatch Global Climate Risk Index ranked Haiti third in the world in 1995–2014 for impacts from climatic events, and the country is among the ten zones in the world considered most vulnerable to climate change. [41] Floods in Jérémie inundated an orphanage, forcing 123 children to be evacuated,[74] and 141 roads were damaged. Hurricane Matthew: Category Four storm pounds Haiti Hurricane Matthew continues deadly passage The most powerful Caribbean hurricane in nearly a decade has hit … The cash transfers and in-kind support will help the beneficiaries recover from losses and continue productive activities in their respective value chain, i.e., coffee (Grand'Anse and Southeast); vetiver (South); and honey (Nippes). The collapse of the Ladigue Bridge in Petit Goave has further hindered relief efforts, isolatin… [133] Due to improved road access and logistical support, the American military finished their operations by October 21. [161] A team from the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia assisted the hospital in Moron, Grand'Anse. [36] Heavy rainfall ranged from 20 to 40 in (510 to 1,020 mm) across southern Haiti,[37] with 24 hour totals of over 7.9 in (200 mm) around the Gulf of Gonâve. Photo: Logan Abassi/United Nations, Global data and statistics, research and publications, and topics in poverty and development. [64] Île-à-Vache, an island adjacent to Les Cayes, reported floods up to 4 ft (1.2 m) deep. [85] Several neighborhoods around Port-au-Prince lost power and were flooded during the storm due to the rising levels of the Rivière Grise;[86] a bridge along the river was closed due to floodwaters. [69][88] The storm also destroyed about 60% of the crops in Nord-Ouest. Early reports indicate Hurricane Matthew is resulting in significant damage, including heavy wind damage and extensive flooding, in southern Haiti. [150] Australia donated A$3.5 million to UNICEF and the IOM. [119][120] Direct Relief sent 86 pallets of medical supplies to Haiti worth $13 million. Emergency sanitation and chlorination water systems were implemented. Nearly complete crop damage occurred in Grand'Anse and Sud departments, leaving the impoverished population without a source of food. [103], Interim Haitian President Jocelerme Privert declared three days of national mourning, beginning on October 9. High-water events on the scale of Hurricane Matthew can cause changes in water quality that affect human health and the environment and result in high constituent water-quality loads by flushing large quantities of nutrients, sediment, pesticides, … [68], Grand'Anse bore the brunt of Hurricane Matthew,[6] becoming isolated after communications networks were cut. [118] Several non-government organizations worked to provide needs for storm victims, including ACTED, Action Against Hunger, All Hands Volunteers, CARE, Direct Relief, Lutheran World Relief, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Plan International, Project HOPE, Tzu Chi, World Concern, and World Vision International. Tropical Storm Matthew developed on September 28 from a tropical wave moving through the southern Lesser Antilles. [135], Outside of the Americas, the European Union provided €1.755 million in funds. In Port-a-Piment, at least 60 people were treated for the disease, with 4 dying from it. After the hurricane washed away the Petit-Goâve Bridge, southwestern Haiti was temporarily unreachable from the remainder of the country, which slowed the distribution of emergency aid. [32] Ahead of the storm, officials shut down the Hugo Chávez and Toussaint Louverture international airports,[33] causing several flights to be canceled. 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[156], Relief organizations sent doctors and medical teams to take care of medical needs, including treating for cholera. [74] Livestock were killed when farms "disappeared", according to a member of Heifer International. [16] On the same day, the government issued a red alert, advising residents to listen to instructions from authorities, secure their property, and prepare food kits. In addition, US$100 million under the IDA Crisis Response Window were mobilized for four additional financings to relaunch heavily damaged agriculture, restore connectivity through transport infrastructure and provide a robust cholera response. Finally, this rapid assessment served as an important input to the preparation of the Bank’s first financing to reach the Board post–Hurricane Matthew. During Matthew's passage, high winds, heavy rainfall, and deadly tides lashed the Tiburon Peninsula in southwest Haiti. [101][102] By October 20, nearly 806,000 people were facing critical food shortages. They cause destruction to property and loss of life every year. Children were crying and retching on the tile floor. [159] The World Health Organization flew around 1 million anti-cholera vaccines to the country. In 2008, tropical storms and hurricanes caused losses estimated at 15 percent of GDP. [1] By October 3, the hurricane was moving northward through the Caribbean around the western periphery of a large ridge, while maintaining Category 4 intensity. [107] By October 21, 80% of affected communities had road access restored. Nationwide, the hurricane nearly or completely destroyed around 200,000 homes, leaving 1.4 million people in need of humanitarian aid. Rapid response to cholera was strengthened. For others, there was serious property damage, floods, high winds and power outages. primary economic sectors on the affected islands: social, infrastructure, productive and environment. [40] Haiti politician François Anick Joseph described the storm effects in the southern portion of the country as "complete destruction". 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The number of disasters per kilometer tops the average for other Caribbean countries. [105] The Digicel network had restored 98% of the cellular network by October 15, including much of the worst hit areas. [6][50] A temporary bridge to transport humanitarian relief was constructed by October 6. Monetary damage was estimated at US$2.8 billion. [10] Following an eastward shift in Matthew's predicted track, this was changed to a hurricane watch and later warning that encompassed the entire country. Food — A large portion of Haiti’s food is produced in the south where the damage was most severe. In the nearby village of Randel, more than 100 people were infected and at least 25 succumbed to the illness. [72], In Sud, Hurricane Matthew severely damaged 15 of the 18 communes. [94] There were reports that the shelters had insufficient water or food. The United Nations estimates that around 1.4 million people are in need of humanitarian aid in the country, with relief workers struggling to reach some of the hardest-hit area where food and water are in very short supply. The Haitian government assessed the death toll at 546, although other sources reported more than three times that figure. [97] Ganthier near the eastern border with the Dominican Republic suffered famine-like conditions and little water access in the aftermath of the hurricane. While the center of the storm did not actually cross the coastline, the western eyewall of the storm paralleled the coast, with the most eastern portions receiving winds up to Category 2 strength. [42][43] Nationwide, the hurricane severely damaged about 200,000 homes,[44] with 90% of the houses along the southern coast destroyed. The rapid assessment allowed the identification of populations in need of urgent assistance, including over 30,000 children in affected schools. Food security and malnutrition, especially among children, were already a concern. 11 (15 October 2016), UNICEF Haiti: Haiti Hurricane Matthew - Situation Report #6, 10 October 2016, Situation Update: 20% of Haitian population affected by Hurricane Matthew, Haiti Hurricane Matthew Situation Report #05 (09 October 2016), Hurricane Matthew Preliminary Satellite Based Damage Assessment Report: Grand’Anse Département, Haiti, 14 Oct 2016, Haiti update: HI mobile team treat the injured, Humanity Road – Haiti – Hurricane Matthew Sitrep #1, October 4, 2016, Humanity Road – Haiti – Hurricane Matthew Sitrep #4 - (period covered: October 4-7, 2016), Hurricane Matthew Situation Report No. [91] Within six days of the storm's landfall, 175,509 people were residing in 224 temporary shelters,[93] as people left their damaged houses for safety. [29], More than 18,000 volunteers and members of the Red Cross, community intervention teams, municipal committees, and local emergency services were readied to assist residents. [7] Life-threatening rainfall was forecast to affect much of the nation,[8] with accumulations averaging 38 to 64 cm (15 to 25 in) along the southern coast with isolated peaks up to 100 cm (40 in). Hurricane Matthew struck southwestern Haiti near Les Anglais on October 4, 2016, leaving widespread damage in the impoverished nation. In addition, 16,000 student kits (bag, books, notebooks, pens), 900 teacher kits (including dictionaries, compasses, rulers, maps), and 151 school kits (including blackboards and chalk) were distributed. [62] The Port-Salut hospital received around 100 patients in the days after the storm, 85% of whom due to storm-related injuries. While the storm moves northward, the NHC reported that hurricane condit… The agriculture and housing/urban sectors were the hardest hit, with up to 90 percent of crops and livestock lost in some areas. [158] Civil Protection officials advised residents to only drink treated water, due to the potential for disease spreading by water. A full report assessing the damage and losses was delivered less than two weeks after the request, a task that usually takes at least three months. [122] By eight days after the storm, people began rebuilding their houses in Les Cayes and on the road west from the city, although the supplies were insufficient for the population. The effects of Hurricane Matthew still affect cities along the North Carolina border. 2, as of 4 October 2016 – (1700 hours EST), UNOSAT Preliminary Exposure-Impact Analysis - 07 October 2016 Tropical Cyclone Matthew-16, IOM Haiti: Hurricane Matthew Sitrep #1, 5 October 2016, Haïti Ouragan Matthew: la CRS prépare une intervention d'aide d'urgence, UNICEF Haiti: Hurricane Matthew - Situation Report #3, 5 October 2016, "Millions in US told to flee hurricane, Haiti toll over 100", "Hurricane Matthew damage tally in Haiti nearly $2 bn", Hurricane Matthew - 14 October 2016 – Report No. [21] In Ouest, which contains the capital Port-au-Prince, about 55,000 people evacuated ahead of the storm. The combined effects of wind, coastal flooding and rain caused heavy flooding, landslides, and the destruction of a great deal of infrastructure, agricultural crops and natural ecosystems. Ten hours of high wind gusts destroyed the roofs of most houses, shops, and service stations,[78][79] including the main cathedral,[41] injuring over 3,000 people. [5] Ahead of the annual hurricane season, the World Food Programme (WFP) had pre-positioned 3,410 tons of food in the form of High Energy Biscuits,[6] 30 tons of which was utilized immediately following the storm. Babies were lying catatonic with dark circles under their eyes, sprawled on T-shirts and rags, while their parents held up their bags of intravenous fluids. [121] Relief agencies were concerned that the aid would not reach those most in need, and that reconstruction would not have input from local officials. This site uses cookies to optimize functionality and give you the best possible experience. 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