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Hurricane Matthew

Flooding in Cite Soleil, in the Haitian Capital Port-au-Prince, on October 4, 2016, after Hurricane Matthew

CBM planning response with partners after Hurricane Matthew crosses Caribbean

Homer, responsible for a family of eight and leader of Disabled Person's Organisation (DPO), lost the roof of his house, his garden and his cattle during Hurricane Matthew

Flooding and evacuations

Hurricane Matthew made landfall in southwestern Haiti early on Tuesday 4 October, centred some 250 miles west of the capital Port-au-Prince, causing major floods and forcing thousands to flee. News reports say nearly 900 people are known to have been killed, with up to 90% of some areas having been destroyed. Communications are still difficult with some of the hardest-hit towns yet to be reached by land.

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Disability and emergencies

The WHO estimates 15% of the global population live with disability. In any emergency or disaster, people who live with some form of disability are disproportionally affected. Reasons for this include inaccessibility of warning messages and emergency shelters, loss and damage of assistive devices, disruption of support networks and increased difficulty in accessing basic humanitarian operations (food, water, shelter, sanitation and health care services).

At the same time, emergencies can increase the number of people who experience disability, both short and long-term, due to injuries sustained and lack of effective medical services.

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