10 October 2016
Haiti: Hurricane Matthew
A woman named Celine (holding her baby) looks towards where her home in Roche a Bateau was destroyed. Roche a Bateau,
a town roughly 30 miles south of Les Anglaise where the eye of Hurricane Matthew struck, has very few homes standing. Photo by Marie Arago for Catholic Relief Services
Haiti, the poorest country in Latin America, was hit by Hurricane Matthew on 4 October 2016. The Category Four storm is the strongest to have hit the region in a decade and it is believed to have killed as many as 900 people in the country to date. Over 15,500 people have fled their homes and 350,000 are in need of immediate help as many are living in temporary shelters, hungry, and without their possessions.
A home destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Roche Ë Bateau, Haiti. Roche a Bateau, a town roughly 30 miles south of Les Anglaise. where the eye of Hurricane Matthew struck, has very few homes standing. Photo by Marie Arago for Catholic Relief Services
The United Nations has made a worldwide emergency appeal and Caritas Internationalis is launching a Rapid Response Initiative on behalf of Caritas Haiti. Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS), the overseas humanitarian arm of the Church in Singapore, has pledged an initial USD 10,000 in grant aid to Caritas Haiti in response to the disaster caused by Hurricane Matthew. The funds will be used to aid ground relief efforts – providing food, clean drinking water, hygiene kits, blankets and other necessary support to 13,500 people affected by the catastrophe. Caritas Haiti has warned that the lack of clean drinking water increases the risk of infections. With the threat of a cholera outbreak imminent, Caritas will also raise awareness about the increased risk of infectious diseases and prevention measures.
CHARIS will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on the response from its Caritas counterparts. For more detailed reports on the disasters, visit Haiti: Hurricane Matthew
If you wish to donate towards these relief efforts and other humanitarian situations, please call 6337 4119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.