Hurricane Matthew that hit the Caribbean in October 2016 has resulted in the largest humanitarian crisis in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. This is at a time when the country already faces an increase in the number of cholera cases, and severe food insecurity and malnutrition. UN needs help from the private sector to provide humanitarian relief and recovery in Haiti.
The Direction de la Protection Civile (DPC) reports up to 90 percent destruction of housing in some areas and heavy damage to harvests and roads in the Southern Departments. Debris, including from collapsed houses, roofs, fallen trees, flooded cemeteries, dead cattle, latrines, constitute a serious threat to lives and public health, and hamper humanitarian access to populations in need, notably in remote areas. Hurricane Matthew has also affected critical socio economic infrastructure and lifelines, such as farming, fishing and small scale commercial activities.
$6.1 million is required to reach 550,000 people. Priority Actions include:
1. Work closely with the Government authorities to remove debris and waste to clear access roads to communities.
2. Demolish severely damaged houses.
3. Support the authorities and communities to provide immediate income generating activities and restore livelihoods.