Update: On the ground assessing Hurricane Matthew damage

Haiti, October 5, 2016

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  • Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, triggering floods and forcing thousands to flee the path of a storm that has already claimed three lives in the poorest country in the Americas. Photo: HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images

Mercy Corps teams in Haiti are out in communities today working to better understand the extent of damage and needs following Hurricane Matthew.

Because of limited communications and flooded and washed out roads and bridges, the full extent of the damage is not yet known. Access to the hardest-hit areas of the country is especially limited. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 350,000 people in Haiti are in need of assistance.

Mercy Corps is committed to empowering people around the world to survive through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good.

Recognized as a leader in delivering rapid, lifesaving aid to hard-hit communities, Mercy Corps has responded to almost every global emergency in the past 20 years, including the Nepal earthquakes (2015), Philippines typhoon (2013), the Japan earthquake and tsunami (2011), Horn of Africa drought and hunger crisis (2010) and Kashmir earthquake (2005).

Mercy Corps was also one of the first responders to the Indian Ocean tsunami (2004) and Haiti earthquake (2010).

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