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Hurricane Matthew – Two emergency interventions by the Italian Cooperation

In response to the very serious damages caused by “Hurricane Matthew” in these past hours, the Italian Cooperation has launched two emergency interventions for relief activities at a total value of a million euros. The relief efforts are to be conducted by UNICEF (600,000 euros) and by the International Federation of the Red Cross (400,000 euros) .
 
A category 4 hurricane, “Matthew” is one of the fiercest storms in a long time. It battered Haiti in particular, whose Government declared a state of emergency. To a lesser extent, it damaged the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas, leaving behind a trail of death with a provisional toll at over 300 victims. Estimates indicate that approximately 350,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance, while 15,600 people, of which 2,000 are children, were evacuated into 152 emergency shelters.