Hurricane Matthew Updates

Please see the main Hurricane Matthew page to learn more about USAID's response and how you can help those affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Last updated: April 06, 2017

February 7, 2017

The number of food-insecure people in Haiti’s hurricane-affected areas has decreased from approximately 1 million people as of late October to an estimated 400,000 people as of late December, according to the UN World Food Program (WFP)-led Emergency Food Security Assessment (EFSA) conducted from December 2–20. The EFSA also found a significant decline in the proportion of households adopting negative coping strategies due to food insecurity, with a 74 percent decrease in Sud Department, a 58 percent decrease in Grand’Anse Department, and a 54 percent decrease in Nippes Department.

January 25, 2017

Immediately after a disaster, access to safe drinking water is crucial to protect the health of affected populations and prevent water-borne disease outbreaks. After Category 4 Hurricane Mathew made landfall in southwestern Haiti on October 4, 2016, severely damaging water and sanitation infrastructure, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) prioritized the fast provision of safe drinking water throughout acutely affected areas.

January 6, 2017

Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm, struck the central Caribbean on October 4-6, 2016. In advance of the storm’s arrival, USAID activated a regional Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) on October 3. The DART – which at its height comprised of more than 70 people—led the U.S. humanitarian response efforts in coordination with affected governments. The majority of the U.S. response was focused on Haiti, which sustained the most damage from hurricane.

December 21, 2016

WFP continues second-round food distributions in hurricane-affected areas of Haiti. Response actors coordinate assistance for families vacating temporary shelters. USAID/OFDA shelter partners launch “build back safer” initiative.

December 14, 2016

WFP reaches 99 percent of Haitians in need of emergency food assistance. Relief actors facilitate access to safe drinking water for an estimated 744,000 people Number of suspected cholera cases reported in Grand’Anse and Sud continues to decline.