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Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

Tuesday, 04 October 2016

Type of Event:
Ocean Storm - Hurricane
Location of Event:
Haiti
Date of Charter Activation:
03 October 2016
Time of Charter Activation:
22:00:00
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+02:00
Charter Requestor:
-USGS on behalf of Pacific Disaster Center
-COGIC
-UNITAR-UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA
Project Management:
Pacific Disaster Center

Description of the event

Hurricane Matthew, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent years, is causing havoc as it tears through the Caribbean. It has claimed over 170 lives in Haiti and affected tens of thousands of people.

Matthew, a Category Four storm, made landfall near Les Anglais on Haiti's west coast on 4 October. It brought winds in excess of 230km/h (145 mph) and heavy rain which has caused flooding. Tens of thousands of homes were destroyed, and some villages and towns were entirely destroyed. Thousands of people have been left homeless and while many survivors are being provided with tents and relief centres are being established, there are reports of hundreds of people seeking shelter in nearby caves while they wait for aid to arrive. It is estimated that more than a million people are affected.

Southern Haiti has also been left isolated after the La Digue Bridge - which connects the region to the capital city of Port-au-Prince - collapsed in the storm. The port of Les Cayes in the nation's southern region has reportedly suffered "catastrophic" damage and the entire town of 70,000 people has been inundated. With the primary access route severed, it is not known when the people affected in the southern region may receive aid from elsewhere in the country.

Famine poses an additional concern in the wake of the disaster. Many crops were destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, and the interim president of Haiti has stated that the county could be facing a famine in the next few months unless the situation changes.

Cases of cholera have risen since the storm, with more than 200 reported since Matthew hit the island. Doctors fear that there may be an epidemic without adequate supplies of vaccines and clean water.

The disaster has been described as the worst that Haiti has suffered since the devastating earthquake in 2010, from which the island nation was still recovering.

Hurricane Matthew has affected 16 countries in the Caribbean. While Haiti has suffered the worst of the damage, it also impacted the neighbouring Dominican Republic and moved north to affect Cuba, the Bahamas and the United States.

Preliminary damage assessment report of Grand Anse, South and Nippes in Haiti

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Source: Pleiades / WorldView-1, -2 and -3
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 08/12/2014, 28/11/2014, 01/05/2015, 09/05/2015, 14/06/2015, 16/06/2015, 17/10/2015, 17/07/2016
Post-disaster: 07/10/2016, 09/10/2016, 12/10/2016, 17/10/2016, 09/11/2016

Copyright: Report produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Situation in Les Cayes West, Haiti on 07/10/2016

Source: WorldView-2 / Pleiades
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 28/11/2014
Post-disaster: 07/10/2016

Copyright: WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe 2016
Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by ITHACA

Situation in Les Cayes North, Haiti on 07/10/2016

Source: WorldView-2 / Pleiades
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 28/11/2014
Post-disaster: 07/10/2016

Copyright: WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe 2016
Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by ITHACA

Situation in Les Cayes Centre, Haiti on 07/10/2016

Source: WorldView-2 / Pleiades
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 28/11/2014
Post-disaster: 07/10/2016

Copyright: WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe 2016
Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by ITHACA

Situation in Petit Goave, Haiti on 07/10/2016

Source: GeoEye / Pleiades
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 12/10/2010
Post-disaster: 07/10/2016

Copyright: GeoEye © DigitalGlobe 2016
Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by SERTIT

Situation in Grand Goave, Haiti on 07/10/2016

Source: WorldView-2 / Pleiades
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 12/10/2010
Post-disaster: 07/10/2016

Copyright: WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe 2016
Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by SERTIT

Situation in Les Cayes, Haiti on 07/10/2016

Source: WorldView-2 / Pleiades
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 28/11/2014
Post-disaster: 07/10/2016

Copyright: WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe 2016
Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by ITHACA

Situation in Les Cayes, Haiti on 07/10/2016

Source: WorldView-2 / Pleiades
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 28/11/2014
Post-disaster: 07/10/2016

Copyright: WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe 2016
Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by ITHACA

Hurricane Matthew Preliminary Satellite Based Damage Assessment Report: Grand South departments (Grand'Anse, South and Nippes), Haiti

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Source: Pleiades / WorldView-1 / WorldView-2 / Worldview-3
Acquired: Pleiades: 12/10/2016 / WorldView-1: 08/12/2014, 01/05/2015, 09/05/2015 and 16/06/2015 / WorldView-2: 9/10/2016 & 17/10/2016 / WorldView-3: 17/10/2015

Copyright: Report produced by: UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment overview of Tiburon Commune, Sud Department

Source: WorldView-1, 2 and 3
Acquired: WorldView-1 / 2 / 3: 16/06/2015, 17/07/2016, 17/10/2015
WorldView-2: 09/10/2016 and 17/10/2016

Copyright: Worldview © DigitalGlobe 2016
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment of Tiburon town and surroundings

Source: WorldView-2
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 17/07/2016
Post-disaster: 17/10/2016

Copyright: WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe 2016
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Hurricane Matthew preliminary satellite damage report - Grand'Anse Département, Haiti - Update 1

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Source: Pleiades: 07/10/2016 and 12/10/2016
WorldView-1: 01/05/2015, 09/05/2015 and 08/12/2014
WorldView-2: 17/07/2016
Copyright: Report created by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment for Jeremie Airport

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 07/10/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Hurricane Matthew preliminary satellite damage report - Grand'Anse Département, Haiti

Download the full report

Source: Pleiades / WorldView-1
Acquired: Pleiades: 07/10/2016
WorldView-1: 01/05/2015 and 08/12/2014

Copyright: Report produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Situation map as of 07 Oct 2016, Jeremie Airport, Haiti

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 07/10/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by SERTIT

Situation map as of 11 Oct 2016, Bonbon, Haiti

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 11/10/2016

Copyright: Pleiades: © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by SERTIT

Satellite detected waters in Corail and Pestel Communes, Grande Anse, Haiti

Source: RADARSAT-2
Acquired: 08/10/2016

Copyright: RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (2016) - All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official trademark of the Canadian Space Agency.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment in Jeremie City

Source: WorldView-1 / Pleiades
Acquired: WorldView-1: 01/05/2015
Pleiades: 07/10/2016

Copyright: Worldview-1 © DigitalGlobe 2016
Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment in Marfranc village and surroundings

Source: WorldView-1 / Pleiades
Acquired: WorldView-1: 01/05/2015
Pleiades: 07/10/2016

Copyright: Worldview-1 © DigitalGlobe 2016
Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment of Grande Anse and Jeremie Airport, Haiti

Source: WorldView-1 / Pleiades
Acquired: WorldView-1: 01/05/2015
Pleiades: 07/10/2016

Copyright: Worldview-1 © DigitalGlobe 2016
Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Situation map as of 07 Oct 2016, Les Cayes Seaport, Haiti

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 07/10/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by Pacific Disaster Center

Situation map as of 07 Oct 2016, Les Cayes, Haiti

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 07/10/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by Pacific Disaster Center

Situation map as of 07 Oct 2016, Les Cayes Airport, Haiti

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 07/10/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by Pacific Disaster Center

Situation map as of 07 Oct 2016, Les Cayes West, Haiti

Source: Worldview-2 / Pleiades-1A
Acquired: Worldview-2: 28/11/2014
Pleiades: 07/10/2016

Copyright: WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe 2016
Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by ITHACA

Situation map as of 07 Oct 2016, Les Cayes North, Haiti

Source: Worldview-2 / Pleiades-1A
Acquired: Worldview-2: 28/11/2014
Pleiades: 07/10/2016

Copyright: WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe 2016
Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by ITHACA

Situation map as of 07 Oct 2016, Les Cayes Centre, Haiti

Source: Worldview-2 / Pleiades-1A
Acquired: Worldview-2: 28/11/2014
Pleiades: 07/10/2016

Copyright: WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe 2016
Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by SERTIT

Situation map as of 07 Oct 2016, Grand Goâve, Haiti

Source: GeoEye / Pleiades
Acquired: GeoEye: 12/10/2010
Pleiades: 07/10/2016

Copyright: GeoEye © DigitalGlobe 2016
Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by SERTIT

Situation map as of 07 Oct 2016, Petit-Goâve, Haiti

Source: GeoEye / Pleiades
Acquired: Pre-disaster: 12/10/2010
Post-disaster: 07/10/2016

Copyright: GeoEye © DigitalGlobe 2016
Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by SERTIT