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In the wake of Hurricane Matthew

From Haiti to Florida to the Bahamas, Red Cross is helping families devastated by Hurricane Matthew.

Monday October 10, 2016

Haiti aftre Hurricane Matthew
The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. Photos: Jethro J. Sérémé/American Red Cross

The Caribbean's worst hurricane in recent memory has killed more than 900 people in Haiti and left widespread destruction from the Bahamas to the United States.  

Red Cross teams are active in all affected countries. They are distributing relief supplies and working with local authorities to assess damage, help people in evacuation centres, and prevent the spread of water-borne diseases such as cholera.

Hurricane Matthew brought torrential rains and wind, destroying homes and buildings, collapsing bridges and flooding towns.

Haiti was hit hardest, with the death toll over 900 and still rising. More than one million people across the country were affected. A Red Cross aid flight has now arrived in Haiti with further relief supplies: hygiene kits, tarpaulins for shelter, tool kits and kitchen sets. More supplies are on their way.  

Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the Bahamas also sustained significant damage.  

The hurricane reached the United States of America over the weekend, triggering severe floods in four states. At least 15 people have been reported dead and hundreds more were rescued by emergency services.  

How to help:
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched a Hurricane Matthew Appeal to provide medical assistance, shelter, water and sanitation services in Haiti. Make a donation (not tax deductible if made in Australia).  

British Red Cross has also launched a Hurricane Matthew Appeal covering Haiti and other affected countries. Donations made in Australia are not tax deductible.