Hurricane Matthew Pounds Through Haiti, Leaves Over Three Hundred Dead

9:39 am 7 Oct, 2016


Hurricane Matthew, the category 4 tropical cyclone to hit the Atlantic Ocean this year, has created havoc over the week and killed over a hundred people in the Carribean Islands.

One of the worst affected areas is Haiti where the death toll has soared to 339 according to the government.

 

Though the number of deaths is varying report to report, all seem to agree that the death toll has already touched the three digit mark and is expected to rise in the coming days.

The worst hit area Haiti is the southern town of Roche-a-Bateau, where alone around 50 people have been reported to have died.

 

EPA

EPA

The Sud province has also witnessed a considerable destruction with about 30,000 homes being destroyed and about 80% of buildings in the city of Jeremie being levelled.

The hurricane, over the week, has been upgraded to a Category Four storm, which is the second highest level of hurricane classification.

 

The storm is now heading for the US, where it is expected to hit the state of Florida soon.

 

Hurricane Matthew  is the most powerful Caribbean storm in nearly a decade which besides Haiti has already caused considerable damage in the Bahamas and Cuba. Though no fatalities have been reported in these areas yet.

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