Team Rubicon UK board member Will McNulty landed in Haiti on Thursday 6 October to undertake an assessment of the urgent needs of the local population following Hurricane Matthew making landfall.
For the last few days Will has been in some of the most affected areas and said “I’m seeing massive destruction to property and crops. Low lying areas near rivers and streams were exceptionally vulnerable. I’ve seen a dozen washed out roads or bridges. Although I haven’t seen any fatalities the property damage alone is staggering. There’s a tremendous need for route clearance and debris management teams in outlying villages.”
The destruction has devastated tens of thousands of homes and it is reported that around 350,000 people are in need of assistance. As well as the enormous damage to infrastructure there is a huge health risk to the population. Will reports there is a “Big concern about all the standing water with Zika, dengue, and malaria present, so there is a big need for water and sanitation support.” Cholera is also a significant fear as there were large outbreaks following the earthquake of 2010.
Operations Manager Dan Cooke, a former Fire and Rescue Officer from Salisbury, is now leading a team of Team Rubicon UK volunteers to Haiti to help bring aid to people affected in some of the most remote, hard to access areas.
Notes to Editors
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Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams to disasters in the UK and worldwide. The charity offers veterans the opportunity to continue their service by helping those affected by disasters while regaining a sense of purpose, community and identity.
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