Haiti Hurricane

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Updated 5 December 2016 

The Situation

On 4 October, 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit the Caribbean region, and most severely affected Haiti as it claimed over 1,000 lives; thousands have also lost their homes. 
The United Nations estimates that the hurricane has affected more than 2.1 million people, with 750,000 in urgent need of assistance. Official data shows that in Jeremie alone, the hurricane has damaged or destroyed 90 per cent of homes and livestock, and has destroyed all crops. Across the country, at least 300 schools have been severely damaged, leaving more than 100,000 children without access to education.

On 4 October, 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit the Caribbean region, and most severely affected Haiti as it claimed over 1,000 lives; thousands have also lost their homes. 

The United Nations estimates that the hurricane has affected more than 2.1 million people, with 750,000 in urgent need of assistance. Official data shows that in Jeremie alone, the hurricane has damaged or destroyed 90 per cent of homes and livestock, and has destroyed all crops. Across the country, at least 300 schools have been severely damaged, leaving more than 100,000 children without access to education.

Oxfam’s Response

Our humanitarian teams have reached 61,433 people so far. We have:
- handed out emergency food to 29,415 people
- delivered hygiene kits to 10,320 people
- distributed water purification tablets to 20,667 people
- distributed construction materials to some of the most severely hit communities
- continued to move rapidly to ensure hygiene and sanitation are restored to prevent outbreaks of diarrhoea and cholera in Saint Louis du Sud, Miche, Les Cayes and Cavaillon
- continued to repair or install clean water supplies, and are planning to deliver resources to help the most vulnerable people rebuild their livelihoods

Oxfam Hong Kong allocated HK$2.96 million to respond to this emergency. We urgently need your help to do more.