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Haiti Hurricane Appeal

We urgently need your help to reach the people in Haiti who are worst affected by Hurricane Matthew, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent years. Thousands of people have lost their homes, hundreds of people have been killed.

Oxfam is there delivering clean water and providing sanitation to stop the spread of disease.

Give now. Save lives.

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Fran Afonso

A woman in Port au Prince tries to rescue and clean up her belongings after Hurricane Matthew.

We fear that the numbers are going to increase considerably as emergency teams advance. What is most urgent now is to provide safe water to prevent disease, as well as food and essential supplies. In the longer term, we fear a jump in cholera and malnutrition cases due to crop losses. Mobilisation of the international community in support of the Haitian people is urgently needed.

Jean Claude Fignole, Oxfam's Influence Program director in Haiti

The situation

Hurricane Matthew was one of the biggest storms recorded in the region and has caused the biggest humanitarian emergency in Haiti since the earthquake 6 years ago. 1.4m people or 12% of Haiti's population need humanitarian assistance now. More than 2m people have been affected. Around three-quarters of a million people need food aid now.

There are parts of the country that are still inaccessible by road, because of damage. Oxfam is concerned that hunger and malnutrition will start to be serious issues in some parts of the southern peninsula. We are especially worried about cholera with over 2,000 cases suspected so far, because water infrastructure has been so damaged and people are now exposed to dirty and contaminated water. There have been more than one hundred new cases of suspected cholera, and six cholera treatments centres were hit by the storm. They need urgent repair before they can start being used again to treat people.

More than 170,000 people have been forced into 224 temporary camps. Many more people are living in damaged homes.

Lost harvests and continued flooding make those most affected vulnerable to a food and health crisis that needs to be prevented. Haiti's West department (including the capital Port-au-Prince) is considered highly vulnerable due to its population density and high levels of poverty.

Fran Afonso

Oxfam is distributing lifesaving equipment in Haiti, including buckets.

Fran Afonso

Oxfam's response

Oxfam teams are distributing aid in the south of the county, they are distributing hygiene items and water purification tablets to prevent diseases such as cholera or diarrhoea, and also construction materials. Oxfam is also repairing and installing water tanks. We have reached over 55,000 people so far.

Oxfam has also contacted its partners and UN and government agencies at the national level in order to respond with due diligence and coordination to the aftermath.

Younes Karroum, Oxfam's Programme Manager in Haiti, said:

The first need is to save lives and to help people who are in crisis by flooding or whose homes have been destroyed. After that, the priority will be to provide safe water, food and 'first response' aid like shelters and sanitation. We are worried about potential cholera outbreaks too: with these floods there will probably be a big increase in contaminated water and possible spread of disease.

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