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Hurricane Matthew in Cuba

Wednesday, 05 October 2016

Type of Event:
Ocean Storm - Hurricane
Location of Event:
Cuba
Date of Charter Activation:
5 October 2016
Time of Charter Activation:
10:06:39
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+02:00
Charter Requestor:
UNITAR-UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA
Project Management:
European Space Agency (ESA)

Description of the event

Hurricane Matthew, a Category Four storm, passed by the north-east coast of Cuba on 4 October, bringing heavy rain and powerful winds.

No fatalities were reported, and almost one million people were evacuated as the hurricane approached. But many houses were damaged or destroyed and hundreds of thousands remain in relief shelters until - or if - they can return to their homes.

A Category Four storm is on the higher end of the Saffir-Simpson scale, and is used to classify storms that may cause "catastrophic" damage.

Hurricane Matthew has affected 16 countries in the Caribbean, and had a devastating impact on nearby Haiti. The storm moved north towards the Bahamas and the United States after hitting Cuba.

Preliminary damage assessment of Guantanamo Province, Cuba, after Hurricane Matthew

Download the full report

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 07/10/2016, 10/10/2016 and 11/10/2016

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Damage assessment of Baracoa, in Guantanamo Province, Cuba

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 11/10/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage Assessment in Cajobabo and surrounding area

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 07/10/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment in Maisi town and surroundings

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 07/10/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Damage assessment in Imias area, Guantanamo province, Cuba

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 12/10/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES 2016 - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT