Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti October 4, the first category 4 storm to hit the country in over 50 years. The southern peninsula was the hardest hit, followed by La Gonave and Port-au-Prince. Initial assessments are reporting 80-90% of homes damaged or destroyed in the southern peninsula. On La Gonave, approximately 40-50% of houses have been damaged or destroyed, and thousands of people are injured. According to local authorities there are more than 1,000 killed.
Based on initial reports, World Vision is prioritizing its response to the hardest affected areas where vulnerable children and families are most exposed to hurricane damage and other health, protection, and food security risks that result from the hurricane. Distributions are taking place in La Gonave, Port-au-Prince and the Nippes where roads are still accessible, and we have already reached 1830 families.
World Vision plans to reach 250,000 beneficiaries with activities planned including; distribution of emergency supplies such as: hygiene kits, baby kits, kitchen sets, blankets, bed sheets, tarps, flashlights, jerry cans, and aqua tabs. Additional activities involve water purification filter distributions, hygiene promotion, water point rehabilitation, distribution of food vouchers and seeds, opening child friendly spaces, clinic rehabilitation, and school rehabilitation.