After Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

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AFTER HURRICANE MATTHEW
Resources, Capacities, and Pathways to Recovery of Devastated Communities in Haiti
On October 4, 2016, a category-4 storm, Hurricane Matthew, devastated the southern region of Haiti. In its aftermath, the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (INURED) in collaboration with the Center for Haitian Studies (CHS) and Project Medishare (Medishare) implemented a post-disaster study in the most affected regions of the departments of Grande-Anse and Sud.

 

The objectives of this mixed methods study, which included surveys, focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, ethnographic observation, and mapping, were to determine the impact of the disaster on affected communities, assess these communities’ perceived needs, and identify and map local resources and assets that are critical for an equitable recovery and reconstruction.

The findings revealed that while disaster remains an existential threat to Haiti due to its geographic location, high levels of poverty, institutional fragility, minimal resources, deforestation, poor urban planning, limited infrastructure, and the threat of climate change, limited investments have been made in disaster preparedness.

Less than half of all survey participants reported that disaster-warning systems existed, and many of these individuals questioned their efficacy. While the Haitian government reported that there were more than 1,300 temporary shelters nationwide, survey and ethnographic data revealed that the dilapidated shelter system, which reflected poor construction practices throughout the country, contributed to the population’s vulnerability during the disaster.

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