UPDATES: Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Fund

Early Tuesday morning, Hurricane Matthew hit western Haiti with extremely dangerous winds of 145 mph and heavy rain.

According to BBC, Hurricane Matthew is one of the most powerful east coast hurricanes in recent years. “We’ve already seen deaths. People who were out at sea. There are people who are missing. They are people who didn’t respect the alerts. They’ve lost their lives,” Interim Haitian President Jocelerme Privert said at a news conference.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.  The New York Times reported, “Haiti still is recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake, with 55,000 people living in shelters. A cholera epidemic that followed the earthquake has persisted, and it spiked in 2016. Partners in Health, an aid agency that has long worked in Haiti, says there have been 26,000 cholera cases this year.”

Hurricane Matthew is expected to hit other Caribbean nations such as the Dominican Republic.

People clean the coastline of Santo Domingo, near the Port of Haina on October 3, 2016 as strong winds and heavy rain are expected in the next few hours in Dominican Republic. Hurricane Matthew claimed its first victims, officials said Monday, leaving one dead and one person missing in Haiti as it churns through the Caribbean as the most menacing storm in nearly a decade. / AFP / afp / ERIKA SANTELICES (Photo credit should read ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)In times of such disasters, The Resource Foundation quickly mobilizes resources and reaches out to its local network to assess the situation as well as local needs and responses to determine where donors’ support can be best invested. The Resource Foundation partners with local non‐profit organizations that provide long‐term reconstruction and recovery assistance in areas afflicted by natural disasters. The Resource Foundation collaborates with local NGOs because they have a greater understanding of the social, cultural and economic situation, and thus can develop effective interventions. These organizations can quickly assess needs on the ground and develop programs that provide effective long‐term assistance so that victims can rebuild their homes, reestablish their businesses, and restore their livelihoods.

 

TOPSHOT - Clouds cover the mountains of Petion Ville rain fall in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, on October 3, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has left one person dead and another missing in Haiti, officials said Monday, as it churns through the Caribbean as the worst storm in nearly a decade. / AFP / HECTOR RETAMAL (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Clouds cover the mountains of Petion Ville rainfall in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, on October 3, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has left one person dead and another missing in Haiti, officials said Monday, as it churns through the Caribbean as the worst storm in nearly a decade. Photo: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images

How You Can Help

Donate to the relief efforts in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Jamaica through the Hurricane Matthew Disaster Disaster Relief Fund at TRF. Donations to The Resource Foundation in support of disaster relief are tax deductible to the highest extent allowed by law.

UPDATES

10/5: While it’s difficult to determine the Hurricane’s impact because of power outages in affected countries, the Dominican Republic and Cuba experienced dangerous winds and rain Monday evening. For more info see The Weather Channel’s latest report here.

10/7: The hurricane has left at least 478 people dead in its wake across the Caribbean, officials said. According to figures reported by the UN and its partners, in Haiti 1,855 houses have flooded, 500 houses have been heavily damaged and 348 houses have been destroyed.

10/9: Hurricane Matthew claimed hundreds of lives, left hundreds of thousands without power and displaced residents across the southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean as it brought its destructive wind and rain to the region.

Haiti experienced most of the destruction, with more than 800 lives lost and more than 60,000 in shelters, according to Reuters. The storm also heavily impacted Cuba and the Bahamas.