Hurricane Matthew has now been declared a powerful Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
With winds over 225 km per hour, Matthew has already produced heavy rainfall on the Caribbean coasts of Colombia and Venezuela, where a tropical storm warning has been released.
It is expected that the hurricane will strengthen as it maintains its northern trajectory through the centre of the Caribbean hitting Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba in the following hours and days.
Oxfam staff are monitoring the situation closely and preparing for an eventual evaluation of damages in Cuba, Haiti, Colombia and Dominican Republic, where Oxfam has national offices and emergency response capacity in place.
Spokesperson: Simon Ticehurst, regional Oxfam International director for Latin America.
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