Message: The islands of The Bahamas and Haiti suffered severe impact from the passage of Hurricane Matthew, the 5th named Hurricane of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season. As a result, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) through the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) facilitated the coordination and deployment of regional specialized response teams to provide operational support and damage/needs assessments in the most affected areas in Haiti and The Bahamas. The Caribbean Community will also make targeted relief interventions in the affected Member States.


(Note: CDEMA CU Situation Reports present official data as issued by the National Emergency Operations Centre of an affected State. Data and information presented by the press, social media and other unofficial sources may differ.)


The latest Damage and Injury Report (as of 13th October 2016 at 7:00PM) from the NEOC in Haiti indicated the following:

  • Dead: 546 (confirmed). These numbers are expected to increase as assessments continue.
  • Missing: 128
  • Injured: 439
  • People evacuated and in shelter: 175,509 in 4 Departments –Grand Anse (99,400), Nippes (7,866), Ouest (3,877) and Sud (64,366)
  • People sheltering with friends and family: 589
  • Shelters opened: 224
  • Flooded houses: 2,381
  • Houses highly damaged: 25,160
  • Houses destroyed: 500
  • Families affected: 115,000
  • Health institutions affected: 53% of health facilities in Grand’Anse are usable and 6 Cholera Treatment Centres ( CTC) are damaged. In the South, approximately one third of the 15 hospitals are unusable, 3 of the 4 CTCs are destroyed. 34 (16%) of acute diarrhea treatment centres have been affected; cases of cholera have been increasing rapidly. According to the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) and partners Over 510 cases of cholera were reported as of 12 October, 2016.
  • Schools affected: 178
  • Telecommunications: Severely damaged or destroyed. No cell phone access.
  • Roads and Bridges damaged: Roads damaged in Gonaives, Terre-Neuve, Miragoane, Mombin Crochu, Vallieres, Fond-Verrettes, Petit-Goâve, Anglais, Maniche, Torbeck, Cayes-Jacmel. Road access is gradually improving with the exemption of some that are only accessible by all terrain vehicles (ATVs).
  • Agriculture: This sector has been highly impacted. Preliminary reports indicate that almost 100% of crops in the Grand Anse area were destroyed.
  • Human Impact: need for psychosocial support in affected areas in the south.

UPDATES: CARICOM Operational Support Team (COST)

The COST continues to provide support to the effective operation of the EOCs of (i) Jeremie, (in Grande Anse) and (ii) Les Cayes, (in the South). The COST also continues to collaborate with the Mayor of Les Cayes to coordinate the relief and response efforts.

Emergency Operation Centre (EOC):

The EOC in Les Caye is designated as the central coordinating area for all relief supplies. All humanitarian actors are expected to register with the EOC and channel their relief supplies through the EOC.

Schools and Shelter:

Schools were to re-open on Tuesday, October 18 however; they continue to be used as shelters even though some are damaged.


The CARICOM sponsored emergency relief supplies were delivered to Haiti today, Wednesday October 19, 2016. Approximately USD$ 53,000 worth of supplies was transported from Jamaica to Haiti including tarpaulin, water, protein, starch, hygiene products and supplies for babies.

The shipment was organized by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), through the collaborative efforts of the CDEMA Coordinating Unit and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Jamaica, and transport of the relief items was facilitated into Haiti by the Government of the United States of America.

The Regional Security System and the Government of Jamaica is also deploying a CARICOM Contingent comprising the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) accompanied by members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). The contingent will coordinate humanitarian relief operations and distribution of relief supplies to the affected population in Les Cayes.

Please click here for Appendix 1 which summarises pledges and donations of support to Haiti and The Bahamas as of 6:00PM October 19, 2016.

CDEMA continues to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.

CONTACT DETAILS: The CDEMA CU 24-hour contact number 1 (246) 434-4880