Statement from Unicef UK Executive Director Mike Penrose:

“As Hurricane Matthew, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent years, makes landfall in Haiti, Unicef is monitoring the situation closely, and is ready to respond with life-saving aid for children and families. Over five million children are in the hurricane’s path with Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti and Dominican Republic already experiencing heavy rains and high speed winds, that are expected to worsen in the next 24 hours.

“Across the region, Unicef, partners and communities have been making huge efforts to minimise impacts of the hurricane and are ready to respond rapidly to protect children in danger. Staff have been mobilized, supplies prepositioned, and response plans fine-tuned.

“As we get a better picture of the impact of this devastating storm, Unicef will continue to work with governments and humanitarian partners to do all it can to reach children in danger, as quickly as possible with critical supplies, to protect their health, safety and wellbeing in the difficult days ahead.”

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