UN and Government of Haiti seek 120 million dollars for relief following Hurricane MatthewOct 10, 2016
2.1 million people have been affected, up to 90% of livelihoods destroyed
Port-au-Prince – The UN, including the UN Development Programme, and the Haitian Government made an appeal today for financial aid to provide urgent relief for people affected by Hurricane Matthew that struck Haiti last Tuesday.
The appeal, for US$ 120 million, aims to support the Government in addressing the most critical needs for shelter, water and sanitation, emergency health, food, protection over the next three months.
Of that, US$ 6.15 million will be used for early recovery activities to restore essential services and facilitate continued humanitarian assistance to up to 550,000 affected people. These efforts will focus on debris removal and restoration of livelihoods through cash-for-work projects that will provide jobs and money to help affected communities support their families.
Immediate waste management and debris clearing activities are critical to reduce threats to lives and health risks due to prolonged exposure to unsanitary environmental conditions.
“It will take Haiti years to recover from the impact of Hurricane Matthew,” said Yvonne Helle, UNDP Senior Country Director in Haiti. “While life-saving efforts remain a priority right now, we have to make sure that we build Haiti back smarter - national and international response partners working hand in hand - ensuring that the country will rise stronger out of this disaster.”
The hurricane caused widespread damage across the country. So far, 372 people are reported dead, 246 injured and at least 175,000 people are in shelters, cities are flooded and over 25,000 houses are damaged or destroyed. Rivers are choked with debris and some communities have lost up to 90% of their livelihoods to strong winds and flooding, which will have a devastating effect on long-term food security. A total of 1.3 million people have been affected and 750,000 are in need of immediate assistance.
Haiti’s local authorities are on the frontlines responding to the disaster, and UNDP stands ready to support them. UNDP has already deployed early recovery experts and committed $650,000 in seed funding and is focused on supporting coordination of early recovery efforts through the Directorate for Civil Protection and the Ministry of Planification and External Cooperation, emergency livelihoods, debris management and community infrastructure, plus enterprise recovery and national recovery planning.
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UNDP Country Director Yvonne Helle and other UNDP experts are on the ground in Haiti and available for interviews in English, French and Spanish. To arrange an interview please contact:
Silke von Brockhausen, UNDP First Responder Haiti on +11 509 3499 3188 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, @svbroc
Marcela Barrientos, UNDP New York on +1 347 923 1572 or at email@example.com
Adam Cathro, UNDP New York on +1 917 915 9725 or at firstname.lastname@example.org