Friday, October 07, 2016

Hurricane Matthew death toll passes 800 in Haiti, cholera takes lives

It's safe to assume there are many more to be found.

Oct. 7, 2016
Reporting by Joseph Guyler Delva; Writing by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by David Gregorio and Cynthia Osterman

By Makini Brice and Joseph Guyler Delva | CHANTAL, Haiti/PORT-AU-PRINCE

Hurricane Matthew's trail of destruction in Haiti stunned those emerging from the aftermath on Friday, with the number of dead soaring to 842, tens of thousands homeless and outbreaks of cholera already claiming more lives.

Information trickled in from remote areas that were cut off by the storm, and it became clear that at least 175 people died in villages clustered among the hills and on the coast of Haiti's fertile western tip.


With cellphone networks down and roads flooded by sea and river water, aid has been slow to reach towns and villages. Instead, locals have been helping each other.

"My house wasn't destroyed, so I am receiving people, like it's a temporary shelter," said Bellony Amazan in the town of Cavaillon, where around a dozen people died. Amazan said she had no food to give people.

Outside Chantal, stall holders at a makeshift market were selling vegetables and soft drinks, brought in from Port-Au-Prince as roads were cleared to the capital.

"All our houses have been destroyed. This is our existence," said one stall holder, who declined to give her name.

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