On 3 October 2016, Category 4 Hurricane Matthew, with wind speeds of up to 220 km per hour, struck Haiti, leaving 1.4 million people in need of humanitarian aid and forcing 140,000 from their homes. 

Flooding and mudslides destroyed schools, roads, crops and businesses and water supplies were cut off. 

Cholera has already claimed lives since the hurricane and the risk of the disease spreading is high since water sources have been contaminated. 

DEC member agencies responded, providing food, clean drinking water and essential relief supplies such temporary shelter materials, kitchen equipment and hygiene kits to those affected.

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