Damage to communication means by hurricane Matthew in Haiti, has obstructed contact between aid workers in the affected areas and other workers at their organisations. British Red Cross workers based in the UK are not receiving updates from their colleagues in Haiti.
Due to this communication breakdown a spokesperson for the British Red Cross was unable to tell The Meridian the most recent news from Haiti today, saying “I am not up to date on what is going on at the moment.”
To tackle this problem The British Red Cross plans to construct three aerials in the South of the country. Contact is broken with the South West peninsula of the country thanks to an unreliable communication system.
The country also faces problems of destroyed infrastructure. A bridge connecting Puerto Prince to the South peninsula collapsed last week, cutting the South off from the rest of the country. Certain areas are now only accessible by helicopter or boat.
Haiti was hit by the most ferocious Caribbean storm in nearly a decade, last week, with 145 mile-per-hour winds. 1.4 million people need humanitarian assistance following the disaster, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.