Update: Hurricane Matthew
The Red Cross is providing emergency assistance following Hurricane Matthew, a category four hurricane that created a havoc in the Caribbean region with significant damage and loss of life in Haiti.
“Our staff and volunteers had to wait for storm conditions to calm before heading out to assess the devastation and start delivering assistance, but they have been deployed and are out there trying to reach people in need,” said Inés Brill, working with the Red Cross in Haiti
The category-four storm brought heavy rain and winds of up to 145mph (230kmh) as it made landfall over the south of the country last week.
More than 1.24 million people have been affected in the Grand Anse and Sud regions of Haiti, including an estimated half a million children.
Haitians have been left in extremely vulnerable conditions after the hurricane passed, with early heavy flooding and extensive damage to housing, infrastructure and crops.
Widespread flooding means there is a potential risk of waterborne diseases and life-threatening mudslides.
The Red Cross has dispatched international health, sanitation and emergency experts to Haiti to support the Haiti Red Cross teams.
Ahead of the storm, Red Cross teams in Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Colombia ran preparedness activities with local communities including the evacuation of people living in areas most exposed to floods and landslides.
Hurricane Mathew has also caused significant damage in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Red Cross teams are assessing the damage caused and needs of those impacted.
We continue to monitor the situation as this hurricane continues to make its way through the Caribbean. Red Cross teams in the region are coordinating and stand ready to activate emergency response units.