Haiti: Handicap International prepares to launch response as Matthew nears landfall

Live updates on Hurricane Matthew

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Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm on the scale of hurricane intensity, is making landfall in Haiti, and will pass Cuba later today and tomorrow, affecting thousands of people. With winds predicted to reach 160 miles per hour, the hurricane could cause heavy rain, flooding and landslides in Haiti, particularly in the country’s southern peninsula, where authorities have already evacuated almost one thousand people on Sunday evening.

“Hurricanes cause casualties and damage homes, crops and roads, and generally have a very serious impact on the most vulnerable people, particularly those living in makeshift housing and in isolated regions," said Jean-François Michel, the manager of Handicap International’s operations in Haiti. “We have taken measures to shelter our teams from a potential disaster, and have maintained our response capacity in order to provide support to the victims of this hurricane. Our teams in Europe are also on stand-by if we need to deploy more emergency staff to the region.”

Keeping the most vulnerable people informed

Handicap International has implemented natural disaster risk reduction projects in association with the Civil Protection Department in several of the country’s regions for a number of years. The goal is to help the most vulnerable people prepare for the onset of a natural disaster and to protect themselves from it.

Handicap International in Haiti

Present in Haiti since 2008, Handicap International has provided support to tens of thousands of victims of the earthquake of January 2010. Learn more about our work in Haiti.