Hurricane Matthew kills 102, death toll in Haiti hits 98

October 6, 2016 | By | Reply More

Oct 06, – Many were killed by falling trees, flying debris and swollen rivers. Southern and western Haiti bore the brunt.

Hurricane Matthew kills 102, death toll in Haiti hits 98Hurricane Matthew has killed at least 102 people, the death toll in struggling Haiti alone rising to 98, local officials told Reuters, as the storm headed northward on Thursday battering the Bahamas en route to Florida.

In the United States, more than 1.5 million people were urged to evacuate the southeastern coast and Florida Governor Rick Scott warned residents to prepare for a possible direct hit that could be catastrophic.

The storm carved a path of devastation through southwestern Haiti, dumping boats and debris on coastal roads hit by surging seas and flooding residential areas heavily.

Some 80 percent of homes were damaged in Haiti’s Sud Department, which has a population of more than 700,000, a government official said in a meeting with U.N. officials. Some 11,000 people were in shelters in the province.

In the town of Jeremie, people were cooking and sleeping outside because most houses were either knocked down or severely damaged. Similar scenes were reported across the coastal towns of the south.

 

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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