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Haiti Hurricane Appeal

Hurricane Matthew was one of the biggest storms recorded in the Caribbean region and has caused the biggest humanitarian emergency in Haiti since the earthquake six years ago. It left more than 800,000 people in need.

Oxfam was there quickly delivering clean water and providing sanitation to stop the spread of disease. We aim to save the lives of vulnerable affected people and increase the resilience of 150,000 people.

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

The situation

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 was hard-to-reach areas due to lack of infrastructure

Due to lack of infrastructure, one of the biggest challenges on the ground was accessing hard-to-reach areas - some were only reachable by boat or helicopter.
There is an urgent need to increase the amount of shelter materials and provide affected communities with access to safe water. 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.

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Oxfam is distributing lifesaving equipment in Haiti, including buckets.

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Oxfam's response

Oxfam's priority has been to ensure that the affected populations are safe. Our main goals are to provide clean water and emergency food, as well as better sanitation to stop the spread of disease, shelter and hygiene kits. Oxfam worked in the departments of Grande-Anse, Sud, Anse-Rouge, as well as in slums such as Cité-Soleil in the capital of Port-Au-Prince.   


We are also working to provide support for longer-term recovery, and to help Haiti's communities prepare themselves to face future natural threats.

So far, the total number of people Oxfam has reached during the Matthew response is over 76,000.

Oxfam has distributed hygiene kits that have helped more than 11,000 people, and started to fix water supplies as the first priority.

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