Haiti - Hurricane Matthew
On the 5th of October, Hurricane Matthew, a Category Four Hurricane, struck the south-western corner of the island of Haiti causing widespread damage. Many of the roads were damaged and there was widespread flooding. Reports so far suggest that over 1,900 homes, 300 schools and 19 health facilities were badly damaged. Estimates of deaths are reported to be over 900 in Haiti. More than 61,500 people have been displaced to temporary camps. Many villages cannot yet be reached due to poor logistics, and the UN estimates that over a million people are in need of assistance
A Humanity First team from the USA and Canada is on the ground working through UNDAC and co-ordinating with local authorities on needs assessment and logistics. From discussions on the ground, the main concerns are emergency water and shelter, hygiene and sanitation to combat the growing menace of Cholera. HF will be working with partners to ensure the most efficient and effective aid response. Already the WHO are setting up field operations in Les Cayes and Jeremie to enhance local public health initiatives.
Humanity First has been registered in Haiti for almost a decade, and has UN ECOSOC consultative status. HF runs a school in Baie D'Orange as well as supporting medical services in Seguin. HF has previously built a bridge in La Hatte to reconnect communities after a serious Hurricane ten years ago, and has also supported medical and education projects in the country. HF works in disaster settings with a range of partners including World Water Works Ltd, Global Medic, School in a Bag and Aquabox.