Weeks after Hurricane Matthew hammered the Caribbean, the American Red Cross continues to support emergency relief efforts in communities devastated by the storm.
Heavy rainfall over the past few days is worsening conditions in storm-battered Haiti, causing further flooding in areas already ravaged by Matthew. More people are seeking shelter and additional roads have become inaccessible, making it increasingly difficult to reach hard-hit communities.
Nearly 200 American Red Cross staff members—over 90 percent of whom are Haitian nationals—continue to support global Red Cross network efforts to distribute temporary shelter supplies and other relief items, such as mosquito nets and kitchen kits. To mitigate the spread of cholera as a result of flooding, the American Red Cross is also helping to distribute hygiene kits and cholera- prevention kits, specifically targeting medical facilities.
Additionally, we’re assisting the Haitian Red Cross with logistics, communications and financial resources, as well as supporting its key coordination role with local authorities and other humanitarian organizations. And we’re offering remote information management and mapping support to assist humanitarian workers on the ground.