Hurricane Matthew: Haiti south ‘90% destroyed’


The BBC reports that nearly 900 people are known to have been killed by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, with aid officials saying up to 90% of some areas have been destroyed. Some of the hardest-hit towns are yet to be reached by land, and there are fears more bodies will be found. Rescue efforts are under way in Haiti to assess the destruction left in the wake of the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade.

According to aid workers who spoke to the BBC, parts of Haiti’s south had faced “complete destruction.” Hurricane Matthew has now made landfall in South Carolina in the US, having battered Florida on Friday. Florida has also declared state of emergency.

The BBB article reports that the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) has downgraded Hurricane Matthew to a Category One hurricane, with maximum sustained winds having decreased to 75mph (120km/h).

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