Haiti – EU Steps Up Support for Victims of Deadly Hurricane Matthew

The European Commission has stepped up its support with a further €1.5 million in emergency aid for those most affected by hurricane Matthew in Haiti to cover basic immediate needs. The funding comes in addition to the initial EU humanitarian assistance of €255 000 announced last Thursday.

EU Member States are offering assistance via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. A team of eleven EU civil protection experts from Denmark, Finland, France, Romania and Sweden travelled to the affected areas on Friday and arrived over the course of the weekend. They are experts in emergency coordination, logistics, water and sanitation, and health. EU humanitarian workers and its partners are already on-site providing much needed help.

France, Spain and the United Kingdom are supplying shelters, water purification modules and other flooding management items. The EU’s Copernicus emergency management service is supporting efforts with satellite maps to assess damages.

Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management said:

“In solidarity with the people of Haiti, the European Union is stepping up emergency aid at this critical time to save lives. The EU is also providing expertise to help people in Haiti to provide temporary shelters, health services, safe drinking water and sanitation. I thank all our Member States for their help through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism which coordinates a European response to natural disasters. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this natural disaster and the rescue teams helping at this time.”

Since 1994, the European Commission has granted €514.3 million in humanitarian aid to the Caribbean, of which €53 million has been allocated to help communities prepare and strengthen their resilience through Disaster Risk Reduction programmes. Hurricane Matthew is anticipated to have a high humanitarian impact on vulnerable populations, especially in Haiti which is a country at particular risk to water borne diseases.

Haiti After Hurricane Matthew Hurricane Matthew destroyed an estimated 90% of homes in Haiti's Grande Anse department.  Photo © EU Delegation to the Republic of Haiti
Haiti After Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew destroyed an estimated 90% of homes in Haiti’s Grande Anse department.
Photo © EU Delegation to the Republic of Haiti

Flood summary

Last updated: October 27, 2016
Event
Hurricane Matthew, Caribbean and USA, September to October 2016
Date
September 28, 2016
Type
Flash flood, River flood, Storm surge
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Castries, Saint Lucia (Saint Lucia)
B - Layou, St Vincent (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)
C - Les Cayes (Haiti)
D - Les Anglais (Haiti)
E - Tiburon (Haiti)
F - Jérémie (Haiti)
G - Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
H - New Providence, Bahamas (Bahamas)
I - St Augustine (United States)
J - Savannah (United States)
K - Charleston (United States)
L - Fayetteville (United States)
M - Lumberton

Magnitude

Rainfall level
319.9 mm in 24 hours
Hewanorra, Saint Lucia - September 28 to September 29, 2016
Rainfall level
134.1 mm in 24 hours
Vigie, Saint Lucia - September 28 to September 29, 2016
Rainfall level
233.9 mm in 24 hours
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - October 2 to October 3, 2016
Rainfall level
355 mm in 24 hours
Fayetteville, NC, United States - October 8 to October 9, 2016

Damages

Fatalities
1 person
Layou, St Vincent - September 28 to September 29, 2016
Fatalities
546 people
Haiti - October 3 to October 12, 2016
Fatalities
6 people
Dominican Republic - October 3 to October 5, 2016
Evacuated
175,509
Haiti - October 3 to October 11, 2016
224 shelters set up to accommodate those displaced.
Evacuated
35,019
Dominican Republic - October 3 to October 5, 2016
Evacuated
900 people
Jamaica - October 1 to October 6, 2016
900 displaced staying in shelters.
Evacuated
1,079,000
Cuba - October 3 to October 6, 2016
317,000 have been evacuated to designated protective shelters and 944,000 are staying in homes of relatives or friends.
Rescued
30 people
New Providence Island, Bahamas - October 6 to October 7, 2016
Fatalities
37 people
USA - October 7 to October 10, 2016
Deaths in North Carolina (26), South Carolina (4) Georgia (3) and Florida (4) have been attributed to the storm.