(JNS.org) The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) humanitarian group has mobilized its partners to provide medical relief and supplies to victims affected by Hurricane Matthew which devastated parts of Haiti Tuesday.
JDC will focus on the hardest hit areas in the south of the island where reports of torrential rains, flooding and strong winds accompanied damage to homes, farming stock and land and infrastructure such as bridges, the group said in a statement.
“Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti, and the wider region, in the wake of Hurricane Matthew’s devastation,” said Alan H. Gill, JDC’s CEO. “All too familiar with the acute needs facing Haitians, JDC activated its network of international and local partners and is mobilizing relief efforts in an expression of humanitarian solidarity and Jewish values.”
The organization is working with local and NGO contacts and long-term partners “to assess needs and ensure the most vulnerable victims are cared for in an expedient manner," it said in a statement.
Hurricane Matthew has also impacted Jamaica, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Florida and South Carolina authorities have begun evacuations as the hurricane is moving closer to the United States.
JDC also provided relief and rebuilding assistance during the 2010 earthquake in Haiti as well as many other natural and manmade disasters in as many as 70 countries.
The United Nations said the Hurricane Matthew is the worst humanitarian crisis to hit Haiti since the 2010 earthquake left more than 200,000 people dead and tens of thousands homeless in the country. The U.N. estimates there are 2.3 million people impacted by Hurricane Matthew.