0 of 0 for ""

Sweco supports the relief work in Haiti following Hurricane Mathew

MapAction is a UK based charity, and the world s only NGO with the capacity to deploy a fully trained and equipped humanitarian mapping and information management team anywhere on the planet. Since 2003, the team has been deployed to over 60 events. In 2016, the team has been in the Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, Iraq, Tanzania, Cape Verde, Ecuador, Paraguay and Fiji.

In late September, MapAction was alerted to a large hurricane developing in the Atlantic. With meteorologists studying the track of the storm and predicting the location it would likely strike, a MapAction team was prepared for deployment.

Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 235 km/h struck Haiti on 4 October 2016 at 07h00 local time, causing widespread damage, flooding, and displacement. It is estimated that the hurricane affected more than two million people throughout the country, with 1.4 million needing assistance, including 800,000 urgently requiring food. The storm devastated a region which was already dealing with an increasing number of cholera cases, severe food insecurity and malnutrition. The day after the hurricane struck, a second team was deployed to Port-au-Prince in Haiti to provide further assistance.

Click here to view the map.

As part of the third team rotation, Felicity Cross, one of our principal consultants in the Edinburgh office, travelled to Haiti on 20 October, to continue the work of her MapAction colleagues. Her role on the deployment was to work alongside the UN offering information management and the mapping of the situation and relief effort. The maps illustrated the location of affected communities, the needs of the most vulnerable (such as food and shelter), and where aid was being distributed. By analysing the worst affected areas, the location of the most vulnerable peoples and the condition of the roads, railways and communication networks, Felicity and her team were able to assure that the aid was distributed most effectively to those who were most at need.

Speaking of her involvement, Felicity said: It is a genuine privilege to represent MapAction, and to be part of the great work that they do. When in the field it is also incredibly reassuring to see how the maps we create allow the aid to reach the most vulnerable communities. I would like to thank Sweco for supporting this important work and for allowing me to continue with my volunteering.

Copy link
Powered by Social Snap