death toll in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew has gone up to 339 with
authorities saying it’s the largest humanitarian event witnessed
since the earthquake six years ago.
in Haiti have reported 339 deaths, Reuters reports, citing local
officials. Many of the deaths were caused by falling trees or other
debris. The Caribbean nation has been the hardest hit by the
hurricane, suffering the most casualties and severe structural
damage. The storm has destroyed more than 3,200 homes, displaced
15,000 people and decimated plantations and livestock.
is facing the largest humanitarian event witnessed since the
earthquake six years ago,” said
Mourad Wahba, the UN special representative for Haiti, as quoted in
of the population is displaced and communication systems are down. At
least 10,000 people are in shelter. We’ve received reports of
destroyed houses and overflowing hospitals with shortages of buckets
and fresh water.”
full extent of the damage is still unclear, but UN has received
reports that up to 98% of the town of Jérémie has been destroyed.
Efforts by rescue agencies and aid workers to reach the
worst-affected areas such as Grand’Anse and Les Cayes have been
hampered by flooded roads and the collapse of the Ladigue bridge, a
key transport link, which has left parts of southern Haiti cut off.
2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake which killed 90,000
people and reduced much of the capital, Port-au-Prince, to
rubble.This was followed by a cholera outbreak inadvertently
introduced to the country by UN peacekeepers.
are worries that the incredibly poor sanitation and heavy flooding
could cause another outbreak of disease, so getting clean water to
survivors is a priority.
is now a real danger as the already extremely poor sanitation system
has been totally overwhelmed by flooding and heavy rainfall meaning
the disease could spread quickly,” Yolette
Etienne of Action Aid said to the Guardian.
a state of emergency has been declared in the American state of
Florida as the storm has been upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane,
with winds of 140 miles per hour and gusts of up to 160 mph.
1.5 million people live in areas where the hurricane might strike,
leading Governor Rick Scott to ask Barack Obama to sign a federal
emergency declaration, which he did on Thursday afternoon.
you’re watching and you’re in an evacuation area, get out,” Scott
announced in front of television cameras.
is running out. This is either gonna have a direct hit or come right
along our coast and we’re gonna have hurricane-force winds. There
are no excuses, you need to leave. If you’re reluctant to evacuate,
just think of all the people the storm has already killed.”
Matthew killed another four people in the Dominican Republic,
bringing the total death toll to 140. The storm also passed by Cuba
and the Bahamas. Homes flattened - Jeremie, Haiti