Haiti’s Death Toll From Hurricane Matthew In Hundreds But Remains Unclear As Aid Agencies Gain Access To Remote Areas

Al Jazeera: Hurricane Matthew: Death toll soars in Haiti
“The number of people killed in Haiti by Hurricane Matthew has risen sharply into the hundreds, as coastal villages and towns began making contact with the outside world two days after being hit by the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade…” (10/7).

Associated Press: Haiti death toll jumps as receding waters reveal more bodies
“…The overall death toll in Haiti is not clear. … Authorities expect the number of deaths to rise, with mayors and other local officials in marooned areas reporting higher numbers. Most deaths are thought to have occurred in the southwest region…” (10/6).

New York Times: Hurricane Matthew Makes Old Problems Worse for Haitians
“…The storm left a broad tableau of devastation: houses pummeled into timber, crops destroyed, and stretches of towns and villages under several feet of water. In the southern city of Jérémie, 80 percent of the buildings were destroyed…” (Ahmed/Dupin, 10/6).

Reuters: Fears of cholera upsurge in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew, U.N. says
“Health officials in Haiti on Thursday said they were preparing for a likely surge in cholera cases in the wake of Hurricane Matthew which severely damaged water supplies and sanitation systems in the Caribbean nation…” (Brice/Moloney, 10/6).

Washington Post: Crisis deepens in Haiti in aftermath of hurricane
“As the scope of the devastation became clearer in Haiti on Friday, the death toll from Hurricane Matthew surpassed 300 across the region, officials said. The United Nations reported 1.5 million people live in the area affected by the storm, with more than 350,000 of them in need of assistance…” (Partlow et al., 10/7).

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