Haiti and Cuba: Hurricane Matthew

5th October 2016

Very heavy rains and floods have happened on the arrival of Matthew category 4 Hurricane (in the Saffir-Simpson Scale) currently ravaging Haiti and Cuba. The Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti early on October 4th and on the same day in the afternoon in Cuba.

 

Hurricane Matthew entered Haiti on the south-western coast on department of Grand’Anse, 230km southeast of Port-au-Prince with winds near 220 km/h causing devastating impact, violent winds, flash floods and mud slides primarily in the Southern Coast of the island, Nippes and Grand’Anse departments, although nearly the whole country has been affected. 11 communes of the Great South have already been flooded, a landslide in Anse Milieu has cut off road access, and violent winds in Pointe-à-Raquette, Gonâve Island, are causing great panic. One person has been reported dead in Port-Salut. Meanwhile 61,302 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are still living in hosting sites or camps rendering them extremely vulnerable to the violent winds and heavy rainfalls expected. Hurricane Matthew is continuing to the North affecting the Nippes, West, Artibonite and Northwest departments in particular.

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