After cutting a deadly swath across the Caribbean region, Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 235 km/h, violently struck south-western Haiti on 4 October causing widespread damage, flooding and displacement. The poverty level of the population in this area reaches 70 per cent. Hurricane Matthew has resulted in the largest humanitarian crisis in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake at a time when the country is already facing an increase in the number of cholera cases, and severe food insecurity and malnutrition.
The Presidential elections planned for 9 October have been postponed, and the country authorities have appealed for international assistance to meet immediate humanitarian needs arising from Hurricane Matthew.
Please find here the Haiti Flash Appeal (October 2016), requiring US$119 million to bring 750,000 people affected by Hurricane Matthew life-saving assistance and protection over the next three months.