Update on Hurricane Matthew
On Tuesday, October 4th, Hurricane Matthew, with torrential rainfall and damaging winds topping 230 km/h, devastated a staggering 2.1 million people in Haiti.
We are relieved to report that all children sponsored by Canadians are safe. However, massive flooding and landslides have put their lives, homes, neighbourhoods and livestock at risk. According to the Haitian government, over 1,000 people have died and at least a million are in need of urgent support.
“In some parts of Haiti you have 90 per cent of homes destroyed, plus people losing all of their crops. For them it’s not just about getting immediate relief supplies, it’s more like what happens next week, what happens next month?” said John Hasse, National Director for World Vision Haiti.
Cholera is widespread in the country following the 2010 earthquake and likely to worsen as flooding devastates already extremely poor water and sanitation infrastructure.
Relief efforts are underway as World Vision provides life-saving support to 15,000 and counting.
Young Haitian boy standing near the ruins of his house.
Emergency water supplies, tarps, hygiene kits, bed kits, mosquito nets and emergency lights have been distributed to thousands of families and World Vision plans to provide emergency food aid in affected communities over the next two months.
“In many of the new areas we reach, all of peoples' food sources are gone and they don’t have a lot stored,” said Hasse. “We’re providing meals to keep people from going hungry right now. Then as markets open back up we’ll be providing cash for them to buy the food they need. Looking ahead to the coming weeks we’ll be helping people restore their ability to do agriculture through seeds and other assistance.”
Even as media attention shifts away from Haiti, World Vision is committed to providing emergency relief as well as long-term rehabilitation and development support to vulnerable communities, families and children affected by the hurricane.
Your support remains critical.
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, here’s an overview of our work in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.