October 10, 2016
Today the humanitarian community launched a Flash Appeal requesting US$119,850,000 to respond to the most urgent humanitarian needs of 750,000 people seriously affected by Hurricane Matthew for the next three months. This request is in addition to the 2016 Haiti Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) launched early this year.
The appeal targets vulnerable groups in identified priority sectors, and it takes into account the national-level capacities and those of humanitarian partners on the ground. Over the next week, partners will develop individual projects in support of sector activities and financial requirements identified in this appeal, adapting the response to the most up-to-date assessment results.
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.