The death toll in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew has gone up to 283 with authorities saying it’s the largest humanitarian event witnessed since the earthquake six years ago.
Authorities in Haiti have reported 283 deaths, many of them caused by falling trees or other debris, Reuters reports, citing emergency worker committee. 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.
“Haiti 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 USA Today.
“Much 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.”
The 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. Read full
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