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Death toll from Hurricane Matthew continues to rise in Haiti
Published on October 13, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version

The death toll from Hurricane Matthew, which hit Haiti on October 4, continues to rise. Haiti is facing the greatest humanitarian emergency since the earthquake in 2010. The full extent of the damage remains unknown. Photo: UNICEF/UN034980/Abassi, UN-MINUSTAH

By Darsen Roger

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) --The death toll continues to rise in Haiti, as hardest-hit districts become accessible in the south and southwest regions of the Caribbean country devastated last week by category 4 Hurricane Matthew.

Mayors and representatives of the central government in the affected areas have revealed over the past few days figures that amount to 1,332 people killed as Matthew lashed towns and villages with high winds and torrential rain.

In addition, the cholera epidemic has a new outbreak, killing at least 160 people and sickening nearly 300 since the passage of Matthew, according to local officials.

However, the official death toll issued on Tuesday by the civil protection office, based in the capital Port-au-Prince, was 372 deaths throughout the country, while the central government’s highest-ranking executive authority in the Grande-Anse (Southwest) region, Kedner Frenel, told HCNN that at least 522 people were killed in his area alone.

The 1,332 total death toll comes from aggregate reports obtained from mayors and top representatives of the government supervising body recovery and relief operations in the remote towns and villages struck by Matthew.

Each mayor (who is an elected official) is the chairman of the civil protection committee overseeing preparations and relief operations in his district, following a natural disaster such as a hurricane.

The Haitian government, donor countries and the major international humanitarian institutions have been busy gradually delivering aid to the populations in ravaged areas.
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Richard Charron:

Before we start sending aid money once again to these poor people is there any chance that one person can be assigned to coordinate where the money is going. I am not comfortable in helping with the thought that the U.N. will be in charge of the clean up. It's time for a grown up to take charge in that country in order for the people to have any chance whatsoever.


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