Hurricane Matthew claims over 800 lives

first_imgAs Haiti death toll risesThe UN has warned it could take days for the full impact of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti to emerge, as the death toll soars to more than 800 dead.The South-western town of Jeremie suffered the full force of the stormThe death toll has doubled, and may rise, as rescue teams gain access to southern areas cut off by the storm.The World Food Programme’s Carlos Veloso says some of the hard-hit towns can only be reached by air or sea.Many of the deaths in Haiti were in the South-western coast, which suffered the full force of the hurricane this week.Rescue efforts are under way to assess the destruction left in the wake of the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade.Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency on Friday doubled the death toll from the hurricane from 400 to more than 800.A definitive number is taking time to obtain because of the intensity of the damage to remote areas that are inaccessible because of flood water.At least one major town in the South – Jeremie – has been 80 per cent destroyed, with aerial footage showing the scale of destruction with hundreds of flattened houses. (Excerpt from BBC News)last_img

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