In October 2016, Haiti was whipped by Hurricane Matthew's winds blowing gusts of up to 265 km/h with the eye of the hurricane passing over the southwest coast of Haiti. The scale and impact of the hurricane has been devastating for many Haitians, particularly in the southern peninsula of the country. In this area, 80 per cent of the population relies on subsistence agriculture to feed their families and make a living. But the storm has ruined crops, drowned animals, and destroyed farms.
One of the biggest challenges on the ground were hard-to-reach areas due to lack of infrastructure: some of these areas were only reachable by boat or helicopter.
There is an urgent need to increase the amount of shelter materials and access to safe water to affected communities. An estimated 750,000 people require safe water for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene.
1.4m people or 12% of Haiti's population need humanitarian assistance.
The Haitian government reported 546 deaths. Oxfam is now concerned about rising cases of severe acute malnutrition reported by the WHO, notably in Grande-Anse due to all the crops that have been destroyed.
During the crisis, more than 170,000 people were forced into 224 temporary camps. At least 300 schools have been damaged. There are currently about 11,300 people that are staying in school buildings, leaving an estimated 16,000 students without access to education (OCHA). Many people are still living in damaged homes.