The humanitarian context in Haiti has been worsened by the hurricane Matthew, which violently struck Haiti on 4 October causing widespread damage, flooding and displacement. Nearly 2.1 million people were affected throughout the country (mainly in Grand’Anse, Sud and Nippes departments). It was estimated that 1.4 million people need humanitarian assistance. Cholera epidemic is still high with 41,421 cases registered between January and 31 December 2016. The binational mixed-migration crisis has surpassed the Humanitarian Response Plan planning figures (more than 168 thousand individuals voluntarily interviewed since June 2015). The food security situation, which improved slightly during the second half of 2016 due to strong improvement in rainfall (during spring growing season March-July), was aggravated again by Matthew with an estimated 1.5 million in food insecurity among them 280K are highly food insecure.
The overall security situation is relatively calm and WFP operations continue without incident at the moment.
Escort service provided by MINUSTAH and HNP has resumed in Jeremie and les Cayes after being on hold from 25-31 January during the election period.
General food distributions has also resumed from the 1 February in Grande-Anse and South departments.