Hurricane Matthew has struck Haiti causing death and destruction. With at least 136 deaths and rising, it is estimated that 14,500 people have been displaced and 350,000 people are in immediate need of emergency assistance. Several cities have flooded, bridges have collapsed, and many homes and schools have been destroyed. ActionAid is responding right now, providing families with basic necessities and long term support. We aim to reach 50,000 people in the SW of Haiti.
Hurricane Matthew brought a devastating storm and the after effects of flooding and landslides proliferate the danger to communities. Not only are families grappling with displacement and injury, the risk of the exacerbating pre-existing epidemics like cholera, zika, and dengue fever is greater than ever. With widespread damage, families living in coastal regions are especially affected by this disaster.
ActionAid has trained a number of amazing women in Haiti to be leaders in emergency response. They were quick to spring into action, going tent to tent and door to door - identifying those who are most in need of support. We aim to reach up to 50,000 people - mainly women - currently in shelters in Grand Anse in the Southwest. Clean water and public education are of the utmost necessity. We will be providing emergency food and water to people currently in evacuation shelters.
By providing life-saving support today you can help ensure that people are able to recover faster. ActionAid's work in the aftermath of this disaster will help to save lives, and offer long term recovery and support. As with all our emergency response, we prioritizes the most marginalized people such as women, children, and people with disabilities. We do not discontinue our work after the immediate needs of communities are met, but rather we stay in the affected areas long term to rebuild.