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Haiti - FLASH : Hurricane Matthew en route to Haiti, first effects tonight
Matthew is moving toward the northwest near 5 mph (7 km/h). A turn toward the north-northwest is expected tonight, followed by a turn toward the north on Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday. Maximum sustained winds are near 145 mph (230 km/h) with higher gusts. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane into Tuesday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km). At wind level, Hurricane conditions are expected to reach Jamaica and Haiti on Monday, and eastern Cuba Monday night. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach Jamaica and Haiti tonight, and eastern Cuba early Monday.
The department should be most affected are the South, Grande Anse, Nippes, South East, West, and North West.
The Haitian Government inform to have in advance, undertaken numerous actions to reduce the vulnerability of communities and strengthening the response capacity of the different actors involved in the disaster, including the National Police, the Haitian Red Cross, the civil protection structures. Arrangements are already being taken to provide access to flood areas and facilitate the passage of humanitarian convoys.
A Government Emergency cell is represented at the National Emergency Operations Centre (COUN), in support of local authorities and civil protection to ensure a bond, sharing information, and maximum coordination support efforts.
In preparation to the consequences that can result from the passage of this major hurricane, shelters are in stock in the country, and evacuation sites have been identified, together with local authorities in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince and in other parts of the country.
The Government decreed the permanence and will have to accompany the population, while reiterating to the latter its call for caution and vigilance.
People can count on 60 members of the Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) and the COUN, 381 firefighters, 20 communication units, the 250 members of the departmental committees of risk management and disaster, 3,500 members of municipal committees of communal committees of risk management and disaster, the 5,250 members of local committees of risk management and disaster, the 3,000 volunteers of the Haitian Red Cross, the 2,008 brigadiers volunteers, the 10 members of rapid evacuation cells and the 3,700 members of Community intervention teams.
Also the country has 1,300 temporary shelters ready to accommodate 340,000 people, 576 of these shelters are in the Great South. Also there exists a cellular network connected to the central level with 10 departmental technical coordinators of civil protection, there are 163 nalog and digital radio communication, and the DPC has 3 satellites suitcases and a satellite phone.
In total, 18,196 people are ready to help the population without counting the citizens in solidarity.
PNH 114/122 ou 3838-1111
Red Cross 118
Firefighter 2945-1111 ou 115
For any emergency during Hurricane Matthew, only in case of emergency if you have information about people who are in urgent need of rapid assistance, please contact quickly the resources of the Centre for Departmental Emergency Operation, which are responsible for the Civil Protection cells in the country :
Moise Jean-Pierre Central Coordinator Civil Protection Emergency 48980453 (Port-au-Prince)
Nadia Lochard 48980305 (West)
Jean Henri-Petit 48980306 (North)
Faustin Joseph 48980319 / 33734496 (Upper Artibonite)
Luckecy Mathieu 48980318 (Lower Artibonite)
Ronald Delice 48960565 / 48409696 (South East)
Rethone Jose 48960564 (North West)
Raymonde Jourdain 48980310 (Centre)
Fidele Nicolas 48980309 (Nippes)
Sylvera Guillaume 48980308 (Grand-Anse)
Tony Denis 48980307 (North East)
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