Go to main content

Hurricane Matthew: Handicap International to send emergency teams to support relief effort

Emergency
Haiti

As Hurricane Matthew moves through the Caribbean, Handicap International plans to deploy an emergency team to Haiti in support of teams already present in the country. The team will assess needs and support people affected by the disaster. It is expected to leave within 48 hours, once affected areas become accessible again. 

A woman pushes a wheelbarrow while walking in a partially flooded street, in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, on October 4, 2016.

© Hector Retamal / AFP

As Hurricane Matthew moves through the Caribbean, Handicap International plans to deploy an emergency team to Haiti in support of teams already present in the country. The team will assess needs and support people affected by the disaster. It is expected to leave within 48 hours, once affected areas become accessible again.

An initial team of eight emergency specialists will be sent to Haiti to support teams already on the ground. Handicap International’s initial response will focus on providing logistics support to help conduct the first situation and humanitarian needs assessments, at the request of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC).

“Given the scale of the disaster and its probable impact, some inhabitants may have lost everything and must been given assistance,” explains Hélène Robin, Handicap International’s emergency response manager. “They need emergency material assistance to meet their basic needs.”

In addition to the distribution of basic needs items, Handicap International will provide emergency rehabilitation care and psychosocial support to injured people and affected families.

Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Caribbean hurricane in nearly a decade, made landfall on the south-western tip of Haiti, bringing 145 mph winds, heavy rain and dangerours storm surges.

At least 5 million people in Haiti may be affected and more than 300,000 may need immediate assistance, according to the United Nations and Haiti’s Civil Protection Department. In response to the disaster, the Haitian government has already called on humanitarian actors to provide international assistance. 

Emergency appeal

Handicap International UK has launched an emergency appeal to support disabled and vulnerable people affected by the disaster in Haiti.

Please donate online now or text HIUK01 £5 to 70070.

Where your support helps

Read more

Torrential rain in Bangladesh: more than 9,000 Rohingya refugees affected
© HI
Emergency Rehabilitation

Torrential rain in Bangladesh: more than 9,000 Rohingya refugees affected

More than 9,000 Rohingya refugees have been affected by floods and landslides in Bangladesh since June. HI’s teams continue to assist affected populations.

Invisible: Disabled people fleeing South Sudan violence tell of significant challenges in Uganda refugee camps
© Giles Duley/HI
Emergency Inclusion

Invisible: Disabled people fleeing South Sudan violence tell of significant challenges in Uganda refugee camps

Renowned British photographer Giles Duley visited Omugo, Uganda, to document the stories of disabled refugees fleeing violence in South Sudan.

Blog: World Refugee Day – No refugee should be left behind
© Ryan Duly/HI
Emergency Inclusion

Blog: World Refugee Day – No refugee should be left behind

On World Refugee Day, Aleema Shivji, Executive Director of Humanity & Inclusion UK, calls for more action to ensure that disabled refugees can access the support services they need.