UNDP ready to support Caribbean nations affected by Hurricane Matthew

Oct 5, 2016

Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

New York, 5 October, 2016 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is ready to support the people and governments of the Caribbean countries affected by Hurricane Matthew over the last days.

Hurricane Matthew -a category 4 storm- is reported to be the strongest to hit the Caribbean region in nearly a decade, affecting mostly Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica and Dominican Republic, and now on its way to the Bahamas and the United States. UNDP is monitoring the path of the hurricane and assessing the damage and needs of the affected nations.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives and the impact on thousands of people in several countries of the region. We will work to support their prompt recovery and strengthen their livelihoods and resilience,” said UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jessica Faieta.

As stated by the Secretary-General, in Haiti the Government informed that a number of people have lost their lives and estimates that at least 350,000 people need immediate assistance. 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.

Contact information

Marcela Barrientos, Communications Specialist, UNDP, +1 212 906 6127, +1 347 923 7572 (cell) marcela.barrientos@undp.org

Adam Cathro, Communications Specialist, UNDP, +1 212 906 5326, +1 917 915 9725 (cell), adam.cathro@undp.org.

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