2016 Hurricane Matthew Crisis Response Archive

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The powerful weather system Hurricane Matthew made landfall across the Caribbean in the fall of 2016, causing serious damage and resulting in a rising number of casualties. It was the third strongest hurricane ever recorded in Haiti and the first category 4 to hit the country in the past 52 years. It was also the strongest hurricane in the Caribbean since Hurricane Felix in 2007.

On Sept. 28, the then-tropical storm impacted Barbados, Dominica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines. Then on the morning of Oct. 4, Hurricane Matthew made landfall in the Grand Anse and southern peninsula of Haiti as a category 4 hurricane, with heavy rain, strong winds and flooding. Winds up to 150 mph (240 km/h) barreled into southern coastal towns including Jeremie, Les Cayes, Port Salut, Damie Marie, and Jacmel causing major damage to infrastructure. Between 20 and 40 inches of rain were recorded across the southern peninsula, which combined with storm surge, caused major flooding across the entire region. Initial aerial assessments of the damage in Haiti that excluded the department of Grande Anse, which was indirect eye of the storm, indicated that 14,500 people had been displaced and 1,855 homes flooded.

According to early estimations, the hurricane claimed at least 800 lives in Haiti. As of late fall, emergency relief operations and assessments remained hindered following the collapse of a bridge cutting off the main road linking Port-au-Prince to the peninsula that makes up southern Haiti. In addition, overflowing rivers complicated efforts by assessment teams. The government of Haiti preliminarily announced that at least 350,000 people were in need of some kind of assistance following the disaster.

Hurricane Matthew also struck Cuba on Oct. 4 as a category 4 hurricane, primarily affecting the eastern areas of Guantanamo and Holguin. UN agencies in country worked with the government of Cuba to determine what assistance was needed. As of Oct.7, the government of Cuba had not requested international assistance.

The above numbers were estimates, based on information collected from Oct. 3 – 7, 2016.


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Action Against Hunger USA

In response to Hurricane Matthew, Action Against Hunger has conducted rapid assessments in targeted areas in Northwest Haiti and in Artibonite to determine people’s most...

ActionAid International USA

ActionAid has worked in Haiti since 1997, working with communities to run emergency and long-term programs. Right now we’re working with local partners to send food, clean water...

Airlink

Airlink is responding to Hurricane Matthew. We are experiencing strong demand for transportation assistance from our NGO network. Together with Avianca, JetBlue, and United, 16...

All Hands Volunteers

All Hands Volunteers' DART team has arrived in Fonds-des-Blancs, Haiti, where the team is coordinating with the St. Boniface Hospital and hospital foundation to provide immediate...

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

In the immediate wake of Hurricane Matthew's widespread destruction in Haiti, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) activated its vast network of local...

American Jewish World Service

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is supporting trusted Haitian and Dominican aid and human rights organizations that are working with survivors to rebuild damaged homes and...

American Red Cross International Services

In order to ensure that the response can ramp up quickly, the American Red Cross has committed an initial $500,000 to the operation. As of October 8, three disaster response...

AmeriCares

Americares is delivering critically needed medicine and relief supplies for families in Haiti and the southern U.S. affected by Hurricane Matthew. In Haiti, Americares emergency...

Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT)

After Hurricane Matthew hit, AMURT and AMURTEL mobilized their existing teams in Northwest Haiti to assess the most critically impacted communities of Coridon, Point-des-Mangles,...

Association of Volunteers in International Service, USA

In response to Hurricane Matthew, AVSI Foundation has already conducted a series of rapid assessments in the South department of Haiti and also in Cite Soleil and Martissant,...

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

In response to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, which has been long active in the country since before the earthquake in 2010, will activate its...

Build Change

We have been working in Haiti since 2010 as a leading implementer in homeowner-driven retrofitting and reconstruction. Our Haiti team is now conducting damage assessments in...

CARE

CARE began distributing food and clean water to people in Jeremie before the hurricane hit, having delivered 12,000 hot meals to emergency shelters in Grand Anse, Port-au-...

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services has been active in Haiti since 1954 with offices in some of the communities hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew including Les Cayes, Jeremie, and Jacmel. In...

Church World Service

CWS is helping to rebuild infrastructure that was damaged or destroyed in the storm. That includes animal shelters, seed distribution, and grain storage, repair of rural access...

CONCERN Worldwide U.S., Inc.

Concern Worldwide is directly responding to Hurricane Matthew in La Gonâve, Cite Soleil and in a constortium, continuing protection activities in camps in Port-au-Prince. In La...

Episcopal Relief & Development

In Haiti, Episcopal Relief & Development is providing direct assistance for food, water and shelter to church partners and displaced families sheltering in Petit Trou de...

Giving Children Hope

Giving Children Hope has medcal supplies, clean-up supplies, hygiene items, beds, shoes, food, and emergency medical relief items ready to send to our partners on the ground in...

Global Links

Hurricane Matthew devastated countries in the Caribbean especially Haiti and Cuba, where approximately 300,000 people have been affected, with the provinces of Guantanamo and...

GlobalGiving

Donations to GlobalGiving's Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund support vetted, locally-driven nonprofits responding to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, and The...

Heart to Heart International

Heart to Heart International (HHI) is in full disaster response mode in Haiti. We responded immediately and have deployed humanitarian aid and medical support to areas hardest hit...

Helping Hand for Relief and Development

Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) has been in Haiti since 2010. HHRD's Hurricane Matthew emergency response includes: food distributions, repairing roofs, medical...

International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps’ emergency response team is on the ground in southwestern Haiti, providing relief and assessing conditions in some of the communities hardest hit by...

International Orthodox Christian Charities

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding to the crisis in Haiti with an emergency distribution of food for vulnerable families. IOCC, an ACT Alliance member...

Life for Relief & Development

Life for Relief and Development staff in Haiti has been working since Hurricane Matthew struck to distribute hygiene kits, bedding, and blankets to displaced famililes in Grande'...

Lutheran World Relief

Lutheran World Relief has staff on the ground in Haiti and is coordinating with key partners and the Haitian government to best direct an emergency response to Hurricane Matthew...

Operation USA

Operation USA has worked in Haiti since 2008. In Jacmel, where conditions are still weakened since the 2010 earthquake, we continue to support Ecole Nationale JM Henriquez, a...

Pan American Development Foundation

The Pan American Development Foundation is distributing emergency relief supplies to at least 50,000 people affected by Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean, particularly in...

Plant With Purpose

Plant With Purpose has begun cash-for-work rehabilitation of the main road up to Grande Colline.  Soil conservation projects will be the main emphasis as Plant With Purpose...

Save the Children

Save the Children has worked in Haiti for more than 40 years and currently supports 131 schools, including 27 in Sud and Grand'Anse, areas hard hit by Hurricane Mathew. Our...

SOS Children’s Villages -- USA

Since 1978, SOS Children’s Villages has built families for orphaned, abandoned, and other vulnerable children in Haiti. In Les Cayes, Haiti, one of the areas hit hardest by the...

World Concern

World Concern is responding to assist survivors of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. With a 30+ year history in Haiti, World Concern is active in the south and southwest regions of...

World Hope International

 Due to the severe damage and loss of homes from Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, an outbreak of cholera, a deadly diarrheal illness that spreads through contaminated water, has...

World Renew

World Renew in-country, international, and partner staff are making plans to begin shelter-building projects in Haiti, work with local farm families to rebuild homes, and supply...

World Vision

Within hours after Hurricane Matthew’s wind and rain subsided, World Vision staff in Haiti began distributing blankets, toiletries, and bottled water to Port-au-Prince families...