The death toll Matthew took on Haiti is very serious. The storm disaster killed hundreds and the damages are around $2 billion and more than a million people are in need of food and assistance. The country is also facing cholera spike in the midst of everything.
Here are some photos showing the horrible magnitude of destruction in Haiti:
1. Many lives were lost due to Hurricane Matthew, which hit the Caribbeans.
2. The UN said that estimating the damage the hurricane caused in Haiti could take days.
3. More than 800 hundred people died.
4. It was reported that more than 50 people died just in the southern city, Roche-a-Bateau.
5. Carlos Veleso, the director of World Food Programme (WFP), stated that some towns were reachable only by air or sea.
6. The actual size of the damage was found out later because the communication with the south eastern part of Haiti was cut off.
7. It was stated that 80% of the houses in the biggest city, Jeremie, were completely destroyed. And 30,000 houses were damaged in another city called Sud.
8. The UN announced that 350,000 people needed help and this number later went up to 1.4 million.
9. It was also stated that the Haitians were trying to repair their damaged houses, and that there had been no help from the government or the military yet.
10. The wind speed of the hurricane over Haiti was calculated to be 143mp/h.
11. Hurricane Matthew is the strongest one in the last 10 years to affect Caribbeans.
12. At least four people lost their lives in the neighboring country of the Dominican Republic, because of the collapsed buildings and landslides.
13. The first news from the Bahamas was that the trees were uprooted and that the electricity was cut off.
14. The hurricane, which hit Haiti and Cuba, approached the US coasts through the Bahamas and the people living in the Southeastern part of the US did their best to prepare themselves. Matthew also battered Florida.
15. As the hurricane was approaching the US, its category was raised to the second highest level, 4. Rick Scott, the governor of Florida, stated that the hurricane could hit the state directly and that everyone should be prepared.
16. Barack Obama, the President of the United States, made an announcement to the public, and said that if anybody had an evacuation order in effect in their region, they should take it seriously. A state of emergency was declared in Florida and South California.
17. In the US, the public was advised to stock enough food and water to last for at least three days; as well as spare batteries to charge cell phones in case of a power cut.
18. And here are more photos showing the cruel traces of this natural disaster:
55. We send our condolences and support to the people of Haiti.