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Integral Responds to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

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15 October 2016

Integral Alliance has launched a Disaster Response for Hurricane Matthew. Twelve Integral Members have opted into the response, with a further seven considering how they can be involved.

Overall it is estimated that 1.24 million people have been affected by this Category 4 Hurricane which struck the southwest coast of Haiti 0700 local time (1200 GMT) on 4 October. Currently, 350,000 people require humanitarian assistance, and 14,530 have been displaced. Priority sectors have been identified as Shelter, Health, and WASH [Source here].

Six members have existing long term work in Haiti - Food for the Hungry (USA), Medical Teams International (USA), Tearfund (UK), World Concern (USA), World Relief (USA) and World Renew (USA and Canada).  A further five Members - MAP International (USA), SEL France and Tearfund (New Zealand), Transform Aid (Australia) and World Relief (Canada), work with Haitian Partners or are supporting other Integral Members.  Medair (Switzerland) have deployed a multisectoral team for this disaster. Over the next few days coordinated assessment teams will gather information on the needs, and begin distribution of emergency supplies, including tents, metal roofing, and a two-week supply of food and clean water.

Chris Sheach, World Concern’s Disaster Response Director, says, “Of special concern are displaced people who recently arrived from the Dominican Republic who are living in tents. While we hope to get all of them into shelter, they will likely lose everything they own.”

He continues, “The fact that this is an Integral joint response means that we are able to do simultaneous assessment across all our locations in the country. We are pooling our resources in order to move faster.”

Integral Members will continue to use the Integral online platform to share photos and stories, information and plans with each other. 

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