Secretary-General statement on the impact of Hurricane MatthewOct 5, 2016
The Secretary-General wishes to convey his solidarity with the people and Governments of Haiti, Cuba and other nations in the Caribbean, affected by Hurricane Matthew.
In Haiti, the Government reports that a number of people have lost their lives and estimates that at least 350,000 people need immediate assistance. While the full extent of the hurricane's impact remains unclear, the UNDAC team on the ground is working with partners to coordinate rapid assessments, with logistical assistance from MINUSTAH.
In Cuba, more than 377,000 people were evacuated, 1,640 MT of food was pre-positioned in safe areas, and measures were taken to protect communities and infrastructure threatened by strong winds, rains, storm surge and floods. The Secretary-General lauds the preparedness efforts of the Cuban authorities, media, and civil society to protect people's lives and economic assets.
Across the region, the United Nations is in contact with the authorities and stands ready to assist with response and recovery if required.