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In the eye of the hurricane. Responding to Matthew in the Caribbean.

Mon, 2016-11-07 16:20 /

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One month on, 17 Partners moved 430MT, from Dubai and Panama hubs, of shelter, hygiene kits, medical equipment, blankets, cooking sets, water purification units, tarpaulins, and mosquito nets worth 2.3 million US dollars. Hurricane Matthew made heavy landfall, and high waves in West Haiti and then headed to Cuba and the United States. In Haiti alone 1.4 million needed urgent lifesaving assistance.

WFP immediately dispatched to Haiti, via a UPS special, flight 30MT of High Energy Biscuits (HEBs). Additionally the UPS Foundation generously provided three additional airlifts from the depot in Panama to Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. These flights carried about 220 MT of critical relief items from multiple Partners including ADRA International, Catholic Relief Services, Handicap International, IFRC, Irish Aid, Solidarities International, WHO, and World Vision International. What is more, additional items were delivered thanks to a special flight, generously provided from the IHC by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

The UNHRD's Rapid Response Team (RRT) was deployed to Jérémie – in the most affected region – to support the set-up of a 10,000 square meters staging area. The Team working day and night in harsh conditions, have completed and secured the logistics hub with 9 MSUs (2 reserved for water plants) and a helipad area with jet fuel storage.