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Hurricane Matthew kills 339 in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew kills 339 in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew kills 339 in Haiti

2016-10-07 12:53:27

Staff Correspondent: The death toll in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew has rose to 339, the government says.

Some 50 people were reported to have passed away in the southern town of Roche-a-Bateau alone.

The peninsula’s main city, Jeremie, saw 80% of its buildings levelled. In Sudprovince30,000 homes were damaged.

The hurricane has again been upgraded to a Category Four storm, the second highest hurricane classification, as it heads for the US state of Florida.

The new death toll was given by Haitian government officials. On Thursday, a toll of just over 100 was being given.

Hurricane Matthew – the most powerful Caribbean storm in nearly a decade – has pulverized the Bahamas after slicing through Haiti and Cuba.

Trees and power lines were reportedly down in the Bahamas but no fatalities were reported.

Most of the fatalities in Haiti were in towns and fishing villages around the southern coast, with many killed by falling trees, flying debris and swollen rivers.

The storm passed directly through the Tiburon peninsula, driving the sea inland and flattening homes with winds of up to 230km/h (145mph) and torrential rain on Monday and Tuesday.

The downfall of an important bridge on Tuesday had left the south-west largely cut off.

Non-governmental organisations said phone coverage and electricity were down and people were running out of food and water.