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Brazil deployed nearly 5,000 people to assist Haiti after hurricane

Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew killed hundreds of people in the Caribbean country. By 22 October, 252 Brazilian military missions were carried out
published: Oct 26, 2016 12:00 AM last modified: Oct 26, 2016 05:20 PM
Marcello Casal/Agência Brasil Around 400 military personnel have been deployed to Southeast Haiti since 5 October

Around 400 military personnel have been deployed to Southeast Haiti since 5 October

Following up humanitarian assistance actions to support victims of Hurricane Matthew, the Brazilian Peacekeeping Force Contingent (Contbras, in the Portuguese acronym) carried out 251 missions by 22 October. In total, 4,920 people, including military personnel and civilians, contributed to the joint support effort in Haiti.

Brazilian Navy and Army officers from the Brazilian Peacekeeping Force Battalion (Brabat, in the Portuguese acronym) are still carrying out security and safety missions at donation warehouses and facilities, providing escort to humanitarian aid convoys, and performing reconnaissance missions to several access points in the region.

Around 400 military personnel have been deployed to Southeast Haiti since 5 October, providing support to humanitarian aid actions coordinated by the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH, in the French acronym) and to Haitian civil defence forces.

The Peacekeeping Force Engineering Company continues to carry out works to clear roads and improve UN bases, as well as other activities to support the movements of humanitarian aid convoys to Southeast Haiti.

Contbras operates in partnership with other agencies in Haiti to provide humanitarian assistance. These partners include UN programmes, non-governmental organisations, UN Police (UNPol) representatives, and Haitian National Police (PNH).