ActionAid responds to hurricane as death toll rises, spokespeople available in Haiti

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew ActionAid is focussing its emergency response in the badly affected South West of Haiti in the region of Grand Anse where access has been cut off following the collapse of a bridge - the main access to the region.

Yolette Etienne, ActionAid’s Country Director who is leading a humanitarian response team on the ground in Haiti, said:

“Hundreds of thousands of people in the Grand Anse area of Haiti remain cut off from aid. With limited supplies local communities face the prospect of running out of basic essentials in the next few days.

“Diarrhoea and cholera are a looming threat with flooding causing sewage to flow into the streets. Continued rain and flooding could cause water-borne disease to spread further. ActionAid will be distributing cholera kits containing soap, chlorine tablets and hygiene kits to the worst affected areas.”

“ActionAid has despatched a response team to the area to get to the worst affected areas. It is vital we gain access  so that we can assess the needs of local people and determine what aid is needed.

Mike Noyes. ActionAid UK Head of Humanitarian response, said:

“It is now clear areas in the South West of Haiti have been devastated. The next few days are absolutely critical to saving lives and minimising the impact of this dreadful storm.

“Our team on the ground is reporting that crops have been destroyed – bananas, beans and corn almost totally wiped out. People have lost their entire food supply and face real hardship unless they get the support they need.

“We are in a race against the clock to reach communities with the food and clean water they need.”