Hurricane Matthew Leaves Path of Destruction

Hurricane Matthew Leaves Path of Destruction
In Cayes, southern Haiti, October 5, 2016, after Hurricane Matthew struck.

Streets are flooded, roofs are blown away, bridges gone. As Hurricane Matthew makes its way up the East Coast in the U.S., it has left terrible destruction in its wake.

In Haiti, where the storm made landfall, more than 280 people have died, and that number is expected to go up. In the U.S., 2.5 million people were told to evacuate, and many homes and businesses have been flooded or damaged.

Still recovering from the 2010 earthquake, Haiti has been especially hard hit. According to The New York Times, more than one million people have been affected by the storm and at least a third of them will require humanitarian assistance. Crops are ruined, livestock is gone, schools, hospitals and the water system have all been damaged by the storm. Hunger is a big concern, since so much livestock and so many crops have been destroyed, as is the possible spread of cholera. The country is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis since the 2010 earthquake.

Report from Haiti

Jean-Michel Brulan of the Haiti Methodist Church sent us a report from the northern part of the country. He writes:

“I want to thank each and everyone for their thoughts and prayers as Hurricane Matthew passed over Haiti. It has been and still is a very difficult situation to deal with, due to the fact that we have not completely recovered from the devastation caused by the earthquake of 2010.

“We however want to let you know that [in the north] the worst is now over. The red alert imposed by the government has been lifted. The rain has stopped and the wind is much less. At the Methodist Campus at Frères, we are doing okay. We have just had a few branches down. Much of Port-au-Prince is flooded, but the water is receding by the hour.

"Unfortunately, the situation in the southern peninsula is much worse. The eye of the hurricane went directly over Jérémie and the surrounding cities. There is significant flooding, landslides, trees down, roads destroyed and 95 percent of the houses have lost their roofs. So the damage is extensive, according to reports from people who have flown over these areas. There is no phone communication and a major bridge in Petit Goave has been washed away, cutting the whole southern peninsula off from Port-au-Prince.

“Please continue to pray for us as we now have to deal with the rebuilding again. Thank you so much for your dedication to helping Haiti."

UMCOR is on the ground in Haiti, working with partners to begin its disaster relief efforts there. In the U.S., UMCOR will distribute cleaning bucket kits for vital clean up after a flood. To donate to UMCOR, please visit:

You can also assemble a bucket kit yourself and send it to UMCOR. Find out what goes into a kit and where to ship it:

United Methodist Women works with International Mission Institutions year-round to help women and children lead better lives. To donate to United Methodist Women, visit our donation page.

We continue to pray for everyone affected by this devastating storm.

Posted or updated: 10/7/2016 11:00:00 PM