On the morning of 5 October, Hurricane Matthew, the Caribbean's worst storm in nearly a decade hit parts of the Bahamas, Haiti and Cuba. Hurricane Matthew caused significant damage in the three countries, exacerbating existing vulnerabilities.
Hurricane Matthew affected 1.4million people in Haiti, and caused 336 deaths in seven departments from southeast to northwest.
Through the ‘Enabling Humanitarian Communication in Haiti’ project implemented in partnership with Internews, the WFP-led Haiti ICT Working Group is rehabilitating four community radio stations across Grand-Anse, Sud and Nippes which are being provided with basic power and Information Technology support, equipping them to receive, create and transmit content to affected communities.
The ETC has not been activated in response to Hurricane Matthew. As global lead of the ETC, the World Food Programme (WFP) convened the Haiti ICT Working Group, collaborating with government, private sector and humanitarian partners on the ground to ensure a coordinated response.
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Mobile networks are available in both Jeremie in Grand-Anse and Les Cayes in Sud, as are 2G mobile data services, however coverage varies outside of populated areas.
Power shortages are reported. Humanitarian organisations are using their own generators in the country to overcome this challenge.