Red Cross aid flight arrives to Haiti

Publié: 9 octobre 2016 20:32 CET

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has sent a major aid delivery into Haiti to support people affected by hurricane Matthew.

Hurricane Matthew made landfall on southwestern Haiti as a category 4 hurricane, becoming the strongest storm to hit the country in more than 50 years. The worst impacts have been reported in the southern departments of Sude, Grand-Anse, Nippes, Sud-Est and Ouest, as well as Nord-Ouest on the country’s northern tip. These areas have a combined population of approximately one million people. The UN estimates that 350,000 people are in need of assistance.

The deployment of aid has been managed through the IFRC’s Americas Regional Logistics Warehouse in Panama, and was delivered on a chartered plane, that arrived to Port-au-Prince at 10:00 am, local time.

This first shipment of aid includes hygiene kits, buckets, jerricans, tarpaulins, shelter tool kits and kitchen sets for approximately 1,000 families. In the coming days, the affected areas will receive the nonfood emergency items.