In line with updated reports, nearly 900 people have perished as a result of destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. Aid officials have confirmed that about 90% of some of the areas in the South have been wrecked. Aid workers are yet to reach the most severely hit areas.
Aid workers say some towns that are most severely affected have not been accessed, which means the death toll is likely to rise as more dead bodies will be found in these towns. Aid workers have speculated that parts of Haiti’s south had faced complete destruction.
The Haitian authorities are particularly concerned about Grand-Anse on the northern tip of the peninsula, which is believed to be severely hit by the hurricane and the death toll and damage is assumed to be highest. On the other hand, mayor of the town of Camp Perrin Pilus Enor said, “Devastation is everywhere, every house has lost its roof. All the plantations have been destroyed. This is the first time we see something like this.”
In South Carolina in the United States, Hurricane Matthew has caused a landfall as it battered Florida on Friday, October 7. Although US National Hurricane Center (NHC) has demoted Hurricane Matthew to a Category 1 hurricane, yet NHC has warned of a “serious inland flooding event unfolding.”