Hurricane Matthew Cuba - October 2016
Hurricane Matthew - Cuba
Humanitarian assistance provided:
non-food items, hygiene support and access to safe drinking water to reduce risk of water-borne diseases
Hurricane Matthew sweeps through Cuba
On October 4 and 5, Hurricane Matthew hit Cuba, in particular Guantanamo province, which experienced 200-250 km/h winds, heavy rain for eight hours and a sea level surge in the range of 6-8 metres. Approximately 90% of the Cuban population affected by the category 4 hurricane are from this province.
Guantanamo province sustained considerable damage to its housing and water infrastructure. Close to one million people were evacuated, with the majority (93%) finding refuge with host families. More than 176,000 were isolated due to the heavy road damage and fallen bridges in some areas.
Proposed Humanitarian Response
Meet basic shelter needs, increase access to safe drinking water, improve hygiene practices and provide protection for most vulnerable people affected by the hurricane, particularly women and children
Distribution of Funds
Global Affairs Canada $202,500
Humanitarian Coalition $27,000
Oxfam Canada $40,500