Hurricane Matthew Roars Through the Caribbean and Rumbles Along U.S. Coast

Hurricane Matthew killed hundreds as the powerful storm’s fierce winds and pelting rains hammered Haiti, clipped eastern Cuba, and then bashed the Bahamas. The deadly storm brought pounding rain and record-breaking flooding to the Carolinas, making landfall between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. With our tractor-trailer units already stocked and ready to go, U.S. Disaster Relief teams are assessing affected areas to develop a response to help homeowners in Jesus’ Name.

Samaritan’s Purse has airlifted over 40 tonnes of hygiene kits, household water filters, blankets, and heavy-duty plastic sheeting to Haiti on our DC-8 in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. A Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is working with our field staff to coordinate the distribution of these items to thousands of suffering Haitians on the Tiburon peninsula. More than 300,000 people in southern Haiti are reported to be in dire need of assistance.

An additional airlift is headed for the Bahamas. The DC-8 will transport 20 tonnes of hygiene kits, water filters, blankets, and heavy-duty plastic sheeting, as well as a small DART team.

Matthew, which is the most powerful hurricane to affect the Caribbean in nearly a decade, struck Haiti’s southern region in the early morning hours of October 4, causing deadly flooding. Waters from the Category 4 storm collapsed bridges, destroyed homes, and ruined crops in a country still attempting to recover after a massive earthquake in 2010. Many people were living in makeshift shelters before Matthew hit. Cholera, a deadly water-borne disease, is an issue in Haiti and could reach epidemic levels in the wake of this disaster.

Pray for the people of Haiti and other Caribbean nations as they recover from this catastrophe. Pray also for the Southeast U.S. as millions may be impacted by the storm. Pray for our staff as they provide help and hope in Jesus’ Name.